Water splitting dye-sensitized solar cells

Pengtao Xu, Nicholas S. McCool, Thomas E. Mallouk

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Abstract

Research in artificial photosynthesis is driven by the goal of creating low-cost, integrated systems for the direct conversion of solar energy to high energy density fuels. Water-splitting dye-sensitized solar cells can in principle leverage the successful architecture, spectral tunability, and high quantum efficiency of regenerative photovoltaic dye cells toward this goal. In this article, we review the current development of both dye-sensitized photoanodes and photocathodes for water splitting. A detailed discussion of the individual components of photoanodes and photocathodes – semiconductors, sensitizers, and catalysts – is presented. We review experiments on the electron transfer kinetics that control the efficiency of water splitting, and highlight recent research on electrode architectures that can improve both the efficiency and stability of water-splitting dye cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-58
Number of pages17
JournalNano Today
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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Coloring Agents
Photocathodes
Dyes
Water
Solar Energy
Semiconductors
Photosynthesis
Quantum efficiency
Research
Solar energy
Electrodes
Electrons
Semiconductor materials
Costs and Cost Analysis
Catalysts
Kinetics
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Costs
Experiments

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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Xu, Pengtao ; McCool, Nicholas S. ; Mallouk, Thomas E. / Water splitting dye-sensitized solar cells. In: Nano Today. 2017 ; Vol. 14. pp. 42-58.
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Xu, P, McCool, NS & Mallouk, TE 2017, 'Water splitting dye-sensitized solar cells', Nano Today, vol. 14, pp. 42-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nantod.2017.04.009

Water splitting dye-sensitized solar cells. / Xu, Pengtao; McCool, Nicholas S.; Mallouk, Thomas E.

In: Nano Today, Vol. 14, 01.06.2017, p. 42-58.

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