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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 34, Number 4
BKCSDE 34(4)
April 20, 2013 

Transparent Thin Film Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Prepared by Sol-Gel Method
T. S. Senthil, Misook Kang*
Nanocrystalline TiO2, Ethanol concentration, Sol-gel spin coating
Transparent TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel spin coating method. The sols used for deposition of thin films were prepared with different ethanol content. The effect of ethanol (solvent) concentration and annealing temperature on the performance of TiO2 thin film solar cells has been studied. The results indicate that the as deposited films are amorphous in nature. TiO2 thin films annealed at temperatures above 350 °C exhibited crystalline nature with anatase phase. The results also indicated that the crystallinity of the films improved with increase of annealing temperature. The high resolution transmission electron microscope images showed lattice fringes corresponding to the anatase phase of TiO2. The band gap of the deposited films has been found to decrease with increase in annealing temperature and increase with increase in ethanol concentration. The dependents of photovoltaic efficiency of the dye-sensitized TiO2 thin film solar cells (DSSCs) with the amount of ethanol used to prepare thin films was determined from photocurrent-voltage curves.
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