Supramolecular Electrolytes for Use in Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells


  • The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Creative Research Initiatives program of the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. They also thank Dr. Nam-Gyu Park at ETRI in Korea for the measurement of solar cell performances. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


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Increased overall efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) requires electrolytes with improved ionic conductivity and interfacial contact between the electrolyte and the dye-adsorbed semiconductor nanoparticles in the cell. The supramolecular electrolyte presented here (see Figure) achieves this due to its different behavior in the liquid and solid states.