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Platinum/Palladium hollow nanofibers as high-efficiency counter electrodes for enhanced charge transfer
Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Institut national de la recherche scientifique.
Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université du Québec, Varennes, Québec.
Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université du Québec, Varennes, Québec.
Centre of Applied Physics and Advanced Technology, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Power Sources, ISSN 0378-7753, E-ISSN 1873-2755, Vol. 335, 138-145 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Pt/Pd hollow nanofibers were obtained by sputtering a Pt/Pd alloy (80/20 wt%) onto polymer nanofibers (used as sacrificial template) and were used as counter-electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We demonstrate that optimization of nanofiber density and Pt/Pd sputtering thickness can increase the short circuit current density and consequently lead to a ∼15% enhancement in power conversion efficiency (PCE), when compared to the commonly used flat Pt/Pd CEs with the same thickness. The processes that contribute to such PCE improvement are: (i) increased surface area provided by the high aspect ratio hollow nanofibers and (ii) improved electro-catalytic performance, as validated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. The latter showed a two-fold decrease in the charge-transfer resistance of the nanostructured-CE, compared to the flat CE. The contribution of the Pt/Pd hollow nanofiber to light scattering was negligible as shown by reflectance measurements. These results suggest a simple and straightforward strategy to increase PCE in DSSCs, to minimize the use of precious metals used in this kind of devices and, more generally, to tailor the CE structure in photoelectrochemical systems to boost their functional properties, thanks to the advantages afforded by this complex morphology.

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2016. Vol. 335, 138-145 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60046DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2016.10.011ISI: 000387524600017ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84992159902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-60046DiVA: diva2:1042524
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Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 2016-10-31 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-10-31 Created: 2016-10-31 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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