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Urchin-inspired ZnO-TiO 2 core-shell as building blocks for dye sensitized solar cells

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We applied the core-shell concept to an urchin-inspired ZnO nanowire photoanode building block as a means to increase the electron transport and reduce recombination between nanowire and electrolyte. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared, for the first time, from arrays of urchin-like ZnO nanowire building blocks covered with a thin layer of anatase TiO2 by atomic layer deposition (ALD). An increase in the cell open-circuit voltage (VOC) and 2 an improvement in the conversion efficiency were observed when the urchin-like ZnO building blocks were coated with 10 nm thick TiO2 ALD shells in combination with 10 µm thick top layer of TiO2 nanoparticles of 15.8 nm size. Using urchin-like ZnO nanowires as building blocks can improve the light-scattering and provide a higher surface area with a great control of the nanowire dimensions to increase the dye loading and reduce the electron collection path. The addition of a thin TiO2 blocking layer decreases the recombination of charges in such a high surface area nanostructure.

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hal-01675167 , version 1 (10-06-2021)

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Chantal Karam, Carlos Guerra-Nuñez, Roland Habchi, Ziad Herro, Nadine Abboud, et al.. Urchin-inspired ZnO-TiO 2 core-shell as building blocks for dye sensitized solar cells. Materials & Design, 2017, 126, pp.314 - 321. ⟨10.1016/j.matdes.2017.04.019⟩. ⟨hal-01675167⟩
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