Journal article

Graphene Nanoplatelets Outperforming Platinum as the Electrocatalyst in Co-Bipyridine-Mediated Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) in the form of thin semitransparent films on F-doped SnO2 (FTO) exhibit high electrocatalytic activity for the Co(bpy)(3)(3+/2+) redox couple in acetonitrile electrolyte solution. The GNP film is superior to the traditional electrocatalyst, that is, platinum, both in charge-transfer resistance (exchange current) and in electrochemical stability under prolonged potential cycling. The good electrochemical performance of GNP is readily applicable for dye-sensitized solar cells with Y123-sensitized TiO2 photoanodes and Co(bpy)(3)(3+/2+) as the redox shuttle. The dye-sensitized solar cell with GNP cathode is superior to that with the Pt-FTO cathode particularly in fill factor and in power conversion efficiency at higher illumination intensity.


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