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Probing Electron Lifetime and Recombination Dynamics in Large Area Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Fakharuddin, Azhar and Irfan, Ahmed and Qamar, Wali and Zulkeflee, Kalidin and M. M., Yusoff and Rajan, Jose (2014) Probing Electron Lifetime and Recombination Dynamics in Large Area Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy. Advanced Materials Research, 925. pp. 553-558. ISSN 1022-6680 (print), 1662-8985 (online)

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Abstract

A number of nanocrystalline, mesoporous large area (~0.2- 2 cm2) dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are probed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements to realize their carrier dynamics such as charge transport resistance (RCT), electron diffusion coefficient (Dη), and electron lifetime (τn) by applying an equivalent electrical model. The experimental upshots reveal that the electron lifetime relates with the device physical parameters which was neglected in previous studies. It is also found that the RCT relates negatively with the device area i.e. it decrease upon increasing photo-exposed area. The observed lowering of current density (JSC) over a series of experiments upon increasing the photoelectrode area is attributed to the decrease in RCT. The charge carriers upon injection into semiconductor layer find increased diffusion pathways and eventually recombine with the hole species when characterized by lower carrier lifetime. The thickness of the electrode film does not play an effective role indicating that the dynamics of larger area DSSCs differs largely from those of a single cell. The experimental results available indicate that a nearly complete collection of charge carriers is possible in large area modules provided the physical dimensions of photoelectrode area are considered. The results from the study hints future directions to build high efficiency DSSC modules and further asserts considering the diffusion length in two-dimensions while fabricating larger area cells.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Q Science > QC Physics
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty of Industrial Sciences And Technology
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 26 May 2014 03:12
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2018 06:55
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/5837
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