Improved photocurrents for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells using nano-structured nickel(II) oxide microballs

Satvasheel Ramesh Powar, Quiang Wu, Martin Weidelener, Andrew Nattestad, Zheng Hu, Amarsh Mishra, Peter Bauerle, Leone Spiccia, Yibing Cheng, Udo Bach

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Highly crystalline nanostructured nickel(II) oxide microballs (NiO-mu Bs) were developed for use in p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSC). Their high specific surface area and favorable optical properties yielded unprecedented photocurrent densities of 7.0 mA cm(-2) under simulated sunlight (AM1.5; 1000 W m(-2)) and incident photon to charge carrier conversion efficiencies of 74 when applied in p-DSCs. This is an important step towards matching the performance of p-DSCs with their n-type counterparts for future tandem applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8896 - 8900
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy & Environmental Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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