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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 52, Issue 14, pp 8421–8431 | Cite as

Honeycomb-like polypyrrole/multi-wall carbon nanotube films as an effective counter electrode in bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells

  • Honggang Li
  • Yaoming XiaoEmail author
  • Gaoyi HanEmail author
  • Miaoyu Li
Energy materials

Abstract

Honeycomb-like polypyrrole/multi-wall carbon nanotube (PPy/MWCNT) film demonstrates as an efficient and semitransparent counter electrode (CE) in bifacial dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), which is first fabricated on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by a facile method using a sacrificial template of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The results from ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometer and cyclic voltammetry measurements testify that the honeycomb-like PPy/MWCNT film possesses high transparency for the backside illumination and wonderful electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of triiodide (I3 ) to iodide (I) in the bifacial DSSC. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results indicate that the honeycomb-like nanostructure combining with the MWCNT decreases the resistance of the PPy/MWCNT film for the transfer of electrons from the external circuit back to the redox electrolyte. The bifacial DSSC based on the honeycomb-like PPy/MWCNT CE achieves 7.07 and 4.11% of the front and rear efficiencies, respectively, which are higher than those of the bifacial DSSC based on the flat PPy CE (5.78 and 3.07%, respectively).

Keywords

PMMA Counter Electrode Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Measurement Sacrificial Template Tetrabutyl Ammonium Iodide 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors appreciate funding from National Natural Science Foundation of China (61504076, 21574076, and U1510121) and National Natural Science Foundation of Shanxi Province (2015021129 and 2014011016-1).

Supplementary material

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Molecular Science, Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Molecular Engineering of Education Ministry, Innovation Center of Chemistry and Molecular ScienceShanxi UniversityTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage of Shanxi ProvinceShanxi UniversityTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China

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