We report for the first time an in situ photopolymerization of model co-monomers, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and tetra (ethylene glycol) diacrylate (TEGDA), in an IL electrolyte containing I2 for DSSCs. TiO2 nanoparticles were used as the photo-initiator and co-gelator in a charge transfer polymerization reaction. The gel-IL polymer obtained was characterized in terms of the diffusion properties of the electrolyte. Preliminary results from DSSCs assembled using the gel-IL electrolyte showed energy conversion efficiency of 3.9% at 1 sun (AM1.5) and 5.0% at 0.39 sun illumination.
Winther-Jensen, O., Armel, V., Forsyth, M., & Macfarlane, D. R. (2010). In situ photopolymerization of a gel ionic liquid electrolyte in the presence of iodine and its use in dye sensitized solar cells. Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 31(5), 479 - 483. https://doi.org/10.1002/marc.200900701