Band gap engineering and modifying surface of TiO2 nanostructures by Fe2O3 for enhanced-performance of dye sensitized solar cell

Kilic B., Gedik N., Mucur S. P. , Hergul A. S. , GÜR E.

MATERIALS SCIENCE IN SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING, vol.31, pp.363-371, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.mssp.2014.12.020
  • Page Numbers: pp.363-371
  • Keywords: Dye sensitized solar cell, Fe2O3-modified TiO2, Nanostructures, Hydrothermal method, PHOTOCATALYTIC ACTIVITY, FILMS, TITANIA, DEPOSITION, SINGLE, DEGRADATION, PURE


Well-crystallized Fe2O3-modified TiO2 nanoparticles are prepared by a hydrothermal method and were successfully used as the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Structural, optical and thermal characterizations were carried out by SEM, XRD, AFM, EDAX, DTG, TG and UV-vis spectroscopy. We show that the solar conversion efficiency, incident photocurrent efficiency (IPCE) and fill factor (FF) of Fe2O3-modified TiO2 are significantly increased, about 40%, compared those of to bare TiO2. DSSC shows power conversion efficiency of 7.27% based on Fe2O3-modified TiO2 while TiO2 anatase shows 5.10% solar conversion efficiency. The high improvement in cell performance is attributed to the enhanced light harvesting and high specific surface area for adsorbing more dye molecules in Fe2O3-modified TiO2 nanostructures. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.