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Title: Asphaltene based photovoltaic devices

Photovoltaic devices and methods of making the same, are disclosed herein. The cell comprises a photovoltaic device that comprises a first electrically conductive layer comprising a photo-sensitized electrode; at least one photoelectrochemical layer comprising metal-oxide particles, an electrolyte solution comprising at least one asphaltene fraction, wherein the metal-oxide particles are optionally dispersed in a surfactant; and a second electrically conductive layer comprising a counter-electrode, wherein the second electrically conductive layer comprises one or more conductive elements comprising carbon, graphite, soot, carbon allotropes or any combinations thereof.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1243317
Assignee:
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX) Sandia Corporation (Austin, TX) SNL-A
Patent Number(s):
9,293,266
Application Number:
14/262,519
Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Apr 25
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

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