Surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 as nanofiller in polymer gel electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells

Seung Man Lim, Juyoung Moon, Gyo Hun Choi, Uoon Chul Baek, Jeong Min Lim, Jung Tae Park, Jong Hak Kim

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

We prepare dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fabricated with a poly (ethylene glycol) based polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) incorporating surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 nanoparticles (ZrO2-C) as nanofillers (NFs). ZrO2 are polymerized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using poly (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (POEM) as a scaffold to prepare the ZrO2-C through carbonization. The power conversion efficiency of DSSC with 12 wt% ZrO2-C/PGEs is 5.6%, exceeding that with PGEs (4.4%). The enhanced efficiency is attributed to Lewis acid-base interactions of ZrO2-C and poly (ethylene glycol), catalytic effect of the carbon shells of ZrO2-C, which results in reduced crystallinity, enhanced ion conductivity of electrolytes, decreased counterelectrode/electrolyte interfacial resistance, and improved charge transfer rate. These results demonstrate that ZrO2-C introduction to PGEs effectively improves the performance of DSSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1418
JournalNanomaterials
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct

Fingerprint

Electrolytes
Polymers
Carbon
Gels
Nanoparticles
Polyethylene glycols
Methyl Ethers
Lewis Acids
Methacrylates
Atom transfer radical polymerization
Carbonization
Scaffolds
Conversion efficiency
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Charge transfer
Ethers
Ions
Acids

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

Cite this

Lim, Seung Man ; Moon, Juyoung ; Choi, Gyo Hun ; Baek, Uoon Chul ; Lim, Jeong Min ; Park, Jung Tae ; Kim, Jong Hak. / Surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 as nanofiller in polymer gel electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells. In: Nanomaterials. 2019 ; Vol. 9, No. 10.
@article{b8bb2f374a6a471e821822810811a358,
title = "Surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 as nanofiller in polymer gel electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells",
abstract = "We prepare dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fabricated with a poly (ethylene glycol) based polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) incorporating surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 nanoparticles (ZrO2-C) as nanofillers (NFs). ZrO2 are polymerized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using poly (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (POEM) as a scaffold to prepare the ZrO2-C through carbonization. The power conversion efficiency of DSSC with 12 wt{\%} ZrO2-C/PGEs is 5.6{\%}, exceeding that with PGEs (4.4{\%}). The enhanced efficiency is attributed to Lewis acid-base interactions of ZrO2-C and poly (ethylene glycol), catalytic effect of the carbon shells of ZrO2-C, which results in reduced crystallinity, enhanced ion conductivity of electrolytes, decreased counterelectrode/electrolyte interfacial resistance, and improved charge transfer rate. These results demonstrate that ZrO2-C introduction to PGEs effectively improves the performance of DSSCs.",
author = "Lim, {Seung Man} and Juyoung Moon and Choi, {Gyo Hun} and Baek, {Uoon Chul} and Lim, {Jeong Min} and Park, {Jung Tae} and Kim, {Jong Hak}",
year = "2019",
month = "10",
doi = "10.3390/nano9101418",
language = "English",
volume = "9",
journal = "Nanomaterials",
issn = "2079-4991",
publisher = "Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)",
number = "10",

}

Surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 as nanofiller in polymer gel electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells. / Lim, Seung Man; Moon, Juyoung; Choi, Gyo Hun; Baek, Uoon Chul; Lim, Jeong Min; Park, Jung Tae; Kim, Jong Hak.

In: Nanomaterials, Vol. 9, No. 10, 1418, 10.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 as nanofiller in polymer gel electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells

AU - Lim, Seung Man

AU - Moon, Juyoung

AU - Choi, Gyo Hun

AU - Baek, Uoon Chul

AU - Lim, Jeong Min

AU - Park, Jung Tae

AU - Kim, Jong Hak

PY - 2019/10

Y1 - 2019/10

N2 - We prepare dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fabricated with a poly (ethylene glycol) based polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) incorporating surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 nanoparticles (ZrO2-C) as nanofillers (NFs). ZrO2 are polymerized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using poly (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (POEM) as a scaffold to prepare the ZrO2-C through carbonization. The power conversion efficiency of DSSC with 12 wt% ZrO2-C/PGEs is 5.6%, exceeding that with PGEs (4.4%). The enhanced efficiency is attributed to Lewis acid-base interactions of ZrO2-C and poly (ethylene glycol), catalytic effect of the carbon shells of ZrO2-C, which results in reduced crystallinity, enhanced ion conductivity of electrolytes, decreased counterelectrode/electrolyte interfacial resistance, and improved charge transfer rate. These results demonstrate that ZrO2-C introduction to PGEs effectively improves the performance of DSSCs.

AB - We prepare dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) fabricated with a poly (ethylene glycol) based polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) incorporating surface carbon shell-functionalized ZrO2 nanoparticles (ZrO2-C) as nanofillers (NFs). ZrO2 are polymerized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using poly (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (POEM) as a scaffold to prepare the ZrO2-C through carbonization. The power conversion efficiency of DSSC with 12 wt% ZrO2-C/PGEs is 5.6%, exceeding that with PGEs (4.4%). The enhanced efficiency is attributed to Lewis acid-base interactions of ZrO2-C and poly (ethylene glycol), catalytic effect of the carbon shells of ZrO2-C, which results in reduced crystallinity, enhanced ion conductivity of electrolytes, decreased counterelectrode/electrolyte interfacial resistance, and improved charge transfer rate. These results demonstrate that ZrO2-C introduction to PGEs effectively improves the performance of DSSCs.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85075064107&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85075064107&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.3390/nano9101418

DO - 10.3390/nano9101418

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85075064107

VL - 9

JO - Nanomaterials

JF - Nanomaterials

SN - 2079-4991

IS - 10

M1 - 1418

ER -