Advanced Materials

Carbon Nanohorns as Integrative Materials for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Authors

  • Rubén D. Costa,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy and Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
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  • Sebastian Feihl,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy and Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
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  • Axel Kahnt,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy and Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
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  • Sanjeev Gambhir,

    1. Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
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  • David L. Officer,

    1. Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
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  • Gordon G. Wallace,

    1. Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
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  • María Isabel Lucio,

    1. Departamento de química orgánica, facultad de químicas-IRICA, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain
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  • María Antonia Herrero,

    1. Departamento de química orgánica, facultad de químicas-IRICA, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain
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  • Ester Vázquez,

    1. Departamento de química orgánica, facultad de químicas-IRICA, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain
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  • Zois Syrgiannis,

    1. INSTM, Unit of Trieste, Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Università di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
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  • Maurizio Prato,

    1. INSTM, Unit of Trieste, Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Università di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
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  • Dirk M. Guldi

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy and Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
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Abstract

Different nanocarbons, that is, single-wall carbon nanotubes, graphene, single-wall carbon nanohorns (SWCNHs), and their respective oxidized analogs have been used to fabricate novel doped TiO2 electrodes for DSSCs. Our results indicate that all of the nanocarbons significantly enhance the device characteristics when compared to standard TiO2 electrodes. Overall, our most outstanding finding is that SWCNH derivatives are also a plausible material for developing highly-efficient DSSCs.

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