Use of ionic liquids in dye-sensitised solar cells

Jennifer M. Pringle

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Dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs) are increasingly being recognised as a viable alternative to conventional silicon-based solar cells; these devices have significant potential advantages in terms of material costs and toxicity, as well as the potential to manufacture ultra-thin and flexible cells. One of the key components of an efficient and stable DSSC is the electrolyte, and while ethanenitrile-based electrolytes currently provide the best efficiencies, the use of ionic liquids is extremely beneficial in terms of device stability. This chapter discusses the different aspects of research into the use of ionic liquids in DSSCs. A range of different anions and cations have been utilised in combination with a wide variety of different photosensitisers, including a number of organic dyes. The development of quasi-solid state electrolytes that utilise ionic liquids is a very promising area of research, while the development of ionic liquid-based devices with different redox couples is very important, but has thus far had only limited success. The use of alternative counter electrodes and different cell structures, in combination with ionic liquids, is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIonic Liquids Uncoiled
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Expert Overviews
EditorsNatalia V. Plechkova, Kenneth R. Seddon
Place of PublicationHoboken, New Jersey
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages43
ISBN (Print)9780470074701
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Binary/tertiary of ionic liquids, and photovoltaic performance
  • DSSCs, viable alternative to conventional silicon-based cells
  • Efficient DSSCs on flexible substrates and reel-to-reel techniques
  • Ionic liquid chemical cross-linkers, without loss of photovoltaic
  • Ionic liquids in dye-sensitised solar cells

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