In situ photopolymerization of a gel ionic liquid electrolyte in the presence of iodine and its use in dye sensitized solar cells

Orawan Winther-Jensen, Vanessa Armel, Maria Forsyth, Douglas Robert Macfarlane

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479 - 483
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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