Study on CaCO3-coated ZnO nanoparticles based dye sensitized solar cell

  • Manveen KaurEmail author
  • N. K. Verma


Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been fabricated using ZnO and CaCO3-coated ZnO nanoparticles. The effect of CaCO3 coating on the performance of DSSC has been investigated. CaCO3-coated ZnO nanoparticles have been synthesized by hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction patterns of synthesized nanoparticles reveal that the ZnO and CaCO3-coated ZnO nanoparticles have respectively wurtzite and rhomb-centred structure and both having hexagonal phase. Transmission electron microscopy study reveal that ZnO and CaCO3-coated ZnO nanoparticles possess spherical symmetry and have average particle size respectively 6.2 and 6.7 nm. In case of CaCO3/ZnO nanoparticles, the quenching in photoluminescence emission intensity has been attributed to the decrease in recombination rate of photo-generated electron–hole pairs. UV–Vis absorption spectra, confirms that the electrodes fabricated from the CaCO3-coated ZnO nanoparticles have higher absorbance that shows their higher dye adsorbing power. The use of CaCO3 coating has been found to enhance the efficiency of DSSC by over 100 %.


CaCO3 Zinc Acetate Hexachloroplatinic Acid Tetrabutylammonium Iodide Electron Injection Efficiency 
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The authors are grateful to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the research funding vide sanction letter no. F. No. 39-533/2010 (SR) dated January 7, 2011.

Conflict of interest

We hereby declare that we have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nano Research Lab, School of Physics and Materials ScienceThapar UniversityPatialaIndia

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