Dry drawn multiwall carbon nanotube sheet as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells: Multilayer optimization

Zharkynay Kuanyshbekova, Chi Huynh, Stephen Hawkins, Dauletkhan Smagulov, Samat Malayev, Anvar Zakhidov

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We demonstrate the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cells using multiwall carbon nanotube (MWNT) sheets as a counter electrode with catalytic activity optimized by layering as an alternative to platinum deposited on fluorinated tin oxide (FTO). The sheets are drawn directly from a highly aligned forest of MWNTs grown on silicon by chemical vapor deposition. We used different number of MWNT layers on the FTO and pure glass. Cell performance was found to vary with the number of MWNT sheets. When using of 10 or more layers we can substitute the FTO with platinum catalytic particles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManufacturing Science and Technology III
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Materials Science and Technology 2012 - New Delhi, India
Duration: 18 Aug 201219 Aug 2012
Conference number: 3rd

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)1022-6680


ConferenceInternational Conference on Materials Science and Technology 2012
Abbreviated titleICMST 2012
CityNew Delhi


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Counter electrode
  • Dye-sensitized solar cell

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