Electrospun TiC/C nano-felt surface-decorated with Pt nanoparticles as highly efficient and cost-effective counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

Yong Zhao, Amit Thapa, Quan Feng, Min Xi, Qiquan Qiao, Hao Fong

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Abstract

Electrospun nano-felt consisting of overlaid TiC/C composite nanofibers was surface-decorated with Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) for use as highly efficient and cost-effective counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In the nanofibers, the self-generated TiC crystallites (∼70 wt%) with sizes of ∼20 nm were randomly embedded in carbon (∼30 wt%). Upon surface-decoration, most Pt NPs were distributed on TiC crystallites, leading to substantial enhancement in the electrocatalytic activity/efficiency of Pt due to the strong interaction between Pt and TiC as well as the resulting synergetic effect on electrocatalysis. Electrochemical measurements indicated that the TiC/C-Pt CE exhibited low charge transfer resistance (Rct), large capacitance (C), and fast reaction rate towards the reduction of I 3- ions, and the prototype DSSC exhibited a performance comparable to that with conventional Pt CE in terms of short circuit current density (Jsc), open circuit voltage (Voc), fill factor (FF), and energy conversion efficiency (η).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11742-11747
Number of pages6
JournalNanoscale
Volume5
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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