CePd-Nanoparticles-Incorporated Carbon Nanofibers as Efficient Counter Electrode for DSSCs

Zafar Khan Ghouri, Khaled Elsaid, Ahmed Abdala, Abdulmuin M. Abdullah, Mohammed Shaheer Akhtar

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In this study, the cerium-palladium (CePd) incorporated carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were manufactured by low-cost and versatile electrospinning technique and successfully applied as a counter electrode to fabricate the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The utilized physiochemical techniques, X-ray diffractometer (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), and transmission electron microscope (TEM) confirmed the formation of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) incorporated by Ce and Pd nanoparticles. CePd incorporated CNFs were preliminary presented good electrocatalytic activity towards the iodide redox couple, as investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The DSSC fabricated using CePd incorporated CNFs based counter electrode (CE) attained an applicable power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.52% along with open circuit voltage (VOC) of 0.739 V, a short-circuit current density (JSC) of 11.42 mA/cm2 and fill factor (FF) of 0.54. According to primary results, the CePd incorporated CNFs based CE is a promising, and cost-effective alternative CE for photoelectrochemical devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12314-12319
Number of pages6
JournalChemistrySelect
Volume3
Issue number43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2018

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Cerium
Carbon nanofibers
Palladium
Nanoparticles
Electrodes
Electron microscopes
Diffractometers
Electrospinning
Iodides
Open circuit voltage
Volatile organic compounds
Short circuit currents
Field emission
Conversion efficiency
Cyclic voltammetry
Costs
Current density
X ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Scanning

Keywords

  • Alloys nanoparticles
  • Carbon nanofibers
  • Cyclic voltammetry
  • Electrocatalyst
  • Solar cells

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  • Chemistry(all)

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CePd-Nanoparticles-Incorporated Carbon Nanofibers as Efficient Counter Electrode for DSSCs. / Ghouri, Zafar Khan; Elsaid, Khaled; Abdala, Ahmed; Abdullah, Abdulmuin M.; Akhtar, Mohammed Shaheer.

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Ghouri, Zafar Khan ; Elsaid, Khaled ; Abdala, Ahmed ; Abdullah, Abdulmuin M. ; Akhtar, Mohammed Shaheer. / CePd-Nanoparticles-Incorporated Carbon Nanofibers as Efficient Counter Electrode for DSSCs. In: ChemistrySelect. 2018 ; Vol. 3, No. 43. pp. 12314-12319.
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