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Metal–Organic Frameworks at Interfaces in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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  • Dr. Yafeng Li,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
    2. Institute of Advanced Energy Materials, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
    3. State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
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  • Caiyun Chen,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
    2. Institute of Advanced Energy Materials, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
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  • Xun Sun,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
    2. Institute of Advanced Energy Materials, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
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  • Jie Dou,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
    2. Institute of Advanced Energy Materials, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
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  • Prof. Mingdeng Wei

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
    2. Institute of Advanced Energy Materials, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (PR China)

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Abstract

ZIF-8, a kind of widely studied metal-organic frameworks, was used for the interfacial modification of dye-sensitized solar cells by a facile post-treatment strategy for the first time, which solved the problem of severely decreased short-circuit photocurrent in previous report. After the surface treatment, the performance of cells was obviously improved. The conditions for the deposition of ZIF-8 were optimized. The best photovoltaic property was obtained when the growth time of ZIF-8 was 7 min and the TiO2 photoanode was post-treated for 2 times. Besides the energy barrier effect of ZIF-8 that improved the open-circuit photovoltage and electron lifetime, the dyes adsorbed tightly on TiO2 surface was found to be a key point for the efficient electron injection and improved performance.

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