We report on enhanced performance of N719-sensitized TiO2 solar cells (DSCs) incorporating size and photoelectron diffusion-controlled TiO 2 as sensitizer-matched light-scatter layers on conventional nanocrystalline TiO2 electrodes. The double-layered N719/TiO 2 composite electrode with a high dye-loading capacity exhibits the diffused reflectance of more than 50% in the range of = 650-800 nm, even when the films are coupled with the titania nanocrystalline underlayer in the device. As a result, the increased near-infrared light-harvesting produces a high light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of over 9% mainly due to the significant increase of Jsc. Such an optical effect of the NIR-light scattering TiO2 electrodes will be beneficial when the sensitizers with low molar extinction coefficients, such as N719, are introduced in the device. © 2013 Ke-Jian Jiang et al.
Jiang, K. J., Zhou, J. M., Manseki, K., Liu, Q. S., Huang, J. H., Song, Y. L., & Yanagida, S. (2013). Integration of high-performance nanocrystalline TiO2 photoelectrodes for N719-sensitized solar cells. International Journal of Photoenergy, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/807931