A mathematical model for the anodic half cell of a dye-sensitised solar cell

Penny, Melissa A., Farrell, Troy W., & Will, Geoffrey D. (2008) A mathematical model for the anodic half cell of a dye-sensitised solar cell. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 92(1), pp. 24-37.

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We present a mathematical model of the steady-state current produced by the anodic half cell of a dye-sensitised solar cell (DSC) under both illuminated and non-illuminated conditions. A one-dimensional transport model that describes the transport of charged species via migration and diffusion within the electrolyte filled pores and the porous semiconductor that constitutes the porous anode of the DSC is given. This model is coupled to an interfacial model, developed previously by the authors, that describes charge transfer across the semiconductor–dye–electrolyte interface by explicitly accounting for each reaction at the interface involving dye molecules, electrolyte species, and semiconductor electrons. An equivalent circuit extension to the anode model (in the form of a boundary condition) is developed in order to validate some of the simulation results of the anode model with experimental results obtained from a full DSC specifically commissioned for the study. Parameter values associated with the model are obtained from the literature or experimentally from the specifically commissioned cell. A comparison of the numerical simulation results with experimental results shows a favourable correspondence without the need to fit parameter values.

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ID Code: 21156
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For ERA. Full text PDF on I drive. : I:\Support_for_Research\ePrints\FULLTEXT-DOCUMENTS\ERA-Trial
Keywords: Dye-sensitised solar cells, Anode, Mathematical modelling, Transport phenomena, Interfacial charge transfer
DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2007.07.012
ISSN: 09270248
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Applied Mathematics not elsewhere classified (010299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2009 00:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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