Application of Y2O3:Er3+ nanorods in dye-sensitized solar cells

Jiangli Wang, Jihuai Wu, Jianming Lin, Miaoliang Huang, Yunfang Huang, Zhang Lan, Yaoming Xiao, Gentian Yue, Shu Yin, Tsugio Sato

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Abstract

Y2O3:Er3+ nanorods are synthesized by means of a hydrothermal method and then introduced into a TiO2 electrode in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Y2O 3:Er3+ improves infrared light harvest via up-conversion luminescence and increases the photocurrent of the DSSC. The rare earth ions improve the energy level of the TiO2 electrode through a doping effect and thus increase the photovoltage. The light scattering is ameliorated by the one-dimensional nanorod structure. The DSSC containing Y 2O3:Er3+ (5 wt %) in the doping layer achieves a light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 7.0 %, which is an increase of 19.9 % compared to the DSSC lacking of Y2O3:Er 3+. Illuminating rare earths: Y2O3:Er 3+ nanorods are introduced into a TiO2 electrode in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Y2O3:Er3+ improves infrared light harvesting and photocurrent through up-conversion luminescence. The rare earth ions improve the energy level of the TiO 2 electrode through a doping effect and thus increase the photovoltage. The DSSC doped with Y2O3:Er3+ achieves an energy conversion efficiency of 7.0 %, which is 19.9 % higher than the DSSC without Y2O3:Er3+.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1307-1312
Number of pages6
JournalChemSusChem
Volume5
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1

Keywords

  • doping
  • luminescence
  • nanorods
  • rare earths
  • solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy(all)

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