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Title: Improving Light Harvesting in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Hybrid Bimetallic Nanostructures

In this paper, we demonstrate improved light trapping in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with hybrid bimetallic gold core/silver shell nanostructures. Silica-coated bimetallic nanostructures (Au/Ag/SiO 2 NSs) integrated in the active layer of DSSCs resulted in 7.51% power conversion efficiency relative to 5.97% for reference DSSCs, giving rise to 26% enhancement in device performance. DSSC efficiencies were governed by the particle density of Au/Ag/SiO 2 NSs with best performing devices utilizing only 0.44 wt % of nanostructures. We performed transient absorption spectroscopy of DSSCs with variable concentrations of Au/Ag/SiO 2 NSs and observed an increase in amplitude and decrease in lifetime with increasing particle density relative to reference. Finally, we attributed this trend to plasmon resonant energy transfer and population of the singlet excited states of the sensitizer molecules at the optimum concentration of NSs promoting enhanced exciton generation and rapid charge transfer into TiO 2.
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  1. Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
  3. Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; NSF EPS1004083; EEC 1342185; 1445197; P0200A090323
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Photonics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 2330-4022
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); National Science Foundation (NSF); Dept. of Education (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; bimetallic nanostructures; dye-sensitized solar cell; electron dynamics; plasmon-enhanced solar cell; transient absorption spectroscopy