Quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells using ZnO photoelectrodes fabricated by a liquid process

Morio Hosokawa, Shinobu Fujihara

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Nanostructured ZnO films for use in dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated by utilizing a chemical bath deposition process and a newly developed liquid-liquid process. Layered zinc hydroxides were first deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated substrates and then heated at 450 °C in air to obtain ZnO. Cells were constructed by employing a quasi-solid-state polymer gel electrolyte. The performance of the cells with the ZnO films from the different deposition processes was compared and discussed in terms of the microstructure. Light-to-electricity conversion efficiency reached 2% in all the cells under full sunlight. The cells were kept for 500 h at room temperature, revealing that they maintained 90% of their initial performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectroceramics in Japan XIV
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783037851821
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
ISSN (Print)1013-9826
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9795


  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • Long-term durability
  • Polymer gel electrolyte
  • Zinc oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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