Materials and interfaces in quantum dot sensitized solar cells: Challenges, advances and prospects

Idan Hod, Arie Zaban

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In recent years, quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) have emerged as attractive candidates for constructing efficient third-generation photoelectrochemical solar cells. Despite a starting point of relatively low performing solar cells, we have been witnessing a boost in scientific research conducted both from the material and the physical points of view, leading to a huge leap in our understanding of the operational mechanisms of QDSSCs followed by a significant improvement of their conversion efficiencies to about 7%. In this feature article, we give an overview of the four main materials and interfaces constructing the QDSSC: (1) sensitizer materials, (2) TiO 2/QDs/electrolyte interface, (3) redox electrolyte, and (4) counter electrode. We focus on the scientific challenges associated with each one of the materials/interfaces while highlighting the recent advances achieved in overcoming those obstacles. Finally, we discuss possible future directions for this field of research with an aim toward highly efficient QD-sensitized solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7264-7273
Number of pages10
Issue number25
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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