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We report a comparative study on the use of four different mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2) photo‐electrodes for the fabrication of solid‐state dye‐sensitized solar cells (sDSSCs). The photovoltaic parameters of the device correlate with several intrinsic properties of the film, based not only on its morphological features, as commonly considered in standard characterizations, but also on the transport and the electronic properties of the photo‐electrode. These properties differ significantly for TiO2 electrodes processed using different colloidal pastes, and are decisive for the photovoltaic efficiency, ranging from 3.7% up to 5.1%. In particular, the dielectric permittivity of each mesoporous layer (εeff) and the number of traps (Nt) determined by the space‐charge‐limited current (SCLC) theory are found to be a bottle‐neck for the charge transport, greatly influencing the fill factor (FF) and open circuit voltage (Voc) of the …
Publication date: 
1 Jun 2014

Silvia Colella, Emanuele Orgiu, Ingmar Bruder, Andrea Liscio, Vincenzo Palermo, Bernd Bruchmann, Paolo Samorì, Peter Erk

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Volume: 4 Issue: 9 Pages: 1301362
Advanced Energy Materials