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Improving Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Efficiency with TiO2 Nanotubes

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Cady Lytle

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Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
2. Titanium Dioxide carries the electrons to the anode
3. Electrons flow from the anode to the load and then to the cathode
4. A layer of graphite or another catalyst catalyzes the reaction in the electrolyte (often iodine).
5. The electrolyte returns the electron to the anthocyanin ion, restoring it.
1. Photons from sunlight energize the anthocyanin (red) which give off electrons and become a positive anthocyanin ion
Photovoltaic Effect
First practical solar cell built in 1954
Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) are cheap and flexible

Electrons "get lost" traveling through the Titanium Dioxide
Limited surface area for dye absorption
TiO2 Nanotubes
TiO2 nanotubes act as a "highway" for electrons
Increased surface area within nanotubes allows for greater dye absorption
Improve other DSSCs
Solar powered bags
Hybrid Li batteries
Take the place of PV cells for electricity production
Two-Step Anodic Oxidation
TiO2 nanotubes grown
Filled with TiO2 nanocrystals
Scanning Electron Microscope imges of TiO2 nanotubes
Coated in PEG
Applied in aqueous PVP solution
Mesoporous double layer of crystals
Annealing leaves only nanocrystals behind
Scanning Electron Microscope images of Nanocrystals in Nanotubes
5.21% Power Conversion Efficiency
NC-NTA-2 absorb twice as much dye
NC-NTA-2 absorb twice as much sunlight
NC-NTA-2 has less internal reflectance
Compared unfilled-NTA based solar cells to NC-NTA based solar cells
Measured light absorbency under simulated sunlight
Measured internal light reflectance
Measured dye absorbency
Light Absorbance
Internal Reflectance
Dye Absorbance
Roshan Giyanani, Cady Lytle, Wyatt Mufson
Works Cited
Primary Article:
[1] Yang, Z., Pan, D., Xi, C., Li, J., Shi, J., Xu, F., & Ma, Z. (2013). Surfactant-assisted nanocrystal filling of TiO2 nanotube arrays for dye-sensitized solar cells with improved performance. Journal of Power Sources, 236, 10-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.02.037
Secondary Articles:
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Improving Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Efficiency with TiO2 Nanotubes
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