Poly(vinyl chloride)-g-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) graft copolymers templated synthesis of mesoporous TiO2 thin films for dye-sensitized solar cells

Rajkumar Patel, Sung Hoon Ahn, Jin Ah Seo, Sang Jin Kim, Jong Hak Kim

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A poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) main chain was grafted with poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) containing a quaternary amine group using atom transfer radical polymerization. The successful synthesis of a PVC-g-PDMAEMA graft copolymer was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, thermogravimetric analysis, and transmission electron microscopy. The PVC-g-PDMAEMA graft copolymer was used as a structure-directing agent (SDA) for the fabrication of a mesoporous thin film containing a titanium dioxide (TiO2) layer. To control the porosity of the resultant inorganic layer, the ratio of SDA to TTIP as well as the concentration of the sol-gel was varied. The structure and porosity of the mesoporous film were characterized by XRD and SEM analysis. The mesoporous TiO2 film fabricated on the FTO surface was used as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). DSSC performance was the greatest when using TiO2 film with a higher porosity and lower interfacial resistance. The highest energy conversion efficiency reached 3.2 % at 100 mW/cm2, which was one of the highest reported values for a quasi-solid-state DSSC with 600-nm-thick TiO2 film.

Original languageEnglish
Article number845
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul

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Acknowledgments This study was supported by a National Research Foundation (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MEST) through the Pioneer Research Center Program (2008-05103) and the Korea Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (KCAP) located at Sogang University (NRF-2009-C1AAA001-2009-0093879). This work is financially supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and Korea Institute for Advancement in Technology (KIAT) through the Workforce Development Program in Strategic Technology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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