Novel flexible photoanode based on Ag nanowire/polymer composite electrode

  • Runzhou Fan
  • Chenguang Zhang
  • Ximing Yin
  • Yan XiongEmail author
  • Shan Xu
  • Xuemin Yan
  • Fei Deng


A novel flexible photoanode based on a silver nanowire (AgNW)/polymer composite electrode was fabricated and used for dye-sensitized solar cells. The AgNW/polymer composite substrate comprised a thin percolation network of AgNWs embedded on the surface of polyacrylic ester. As titanium dioxide film formed on top of the composite substrate, the effect of compression was investigated. Drop-cast sensitization was then used for both pressed and nonpressed photoanode, and the nonpressed one performed better. A cell efficiency of 0.91% was achieved under 100 mW cm−2 simulated solar irradiation. After a bending test on the flexible photoanode, the solar cell retained 0.71% efficiency.


TiO2 TiO2 Film Composite Electrode DMPA Silver Nanowires 
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The research was supported by the Grants no. 61106127 and no. 51472034 from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 2013CFA088 from the Science Foundation of Educational Commission of Hubei Province of China, No. 2015D-5006-0404 from Petro China Innovation Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Runzhou Fan
    • 1
  • Chenguang Zhang
    • 1
  • Ximing Yin
    • 1
  • Yan Xiong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shan Xu
    • 1
  • Xuemin Yan
    • 2
  • Fei Deng
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Physics and Optoelectronic EngineeringYangtze UniversityJingzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Chemistry and Environmental EngineeringYangtze UniversityJingzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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