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Investigations of Dye-Sensitised Titania Solar Cell Electrode Using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy

Tesfamichael, Tuquabo, Will, Geoffrey D., Bostrom, Thor E., & Bell, John M. (2003) Investigations of Dye-Sensitised Titania Solar Cell Electrode Using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy. Journal of Materials Science, 38(8), pp. 1721-1726.

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Abstract

We have characterised a dye-sensitised nanoporous nanocrystalline titania film used in prototype photoelectrochemical solar cell production. The film was sensitised with two types of ruthenium (II) based dyes for different times, between 0.5 and 24 hours. The penetration and coverage for each type of dye was studied using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM). Varying laser powers were applied and fluorescence images from the film have been analysed. Both dyes were found to percolate through the whole of the nanoporous film irrespective of the dyeing time but the amount of dye increased with dyeing time. The CLSM is shown to be a valuable tool for the investigation of dye penetration and coverage in porous films.

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ID Code: 7722
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: dye, sensitised titania, nanocrystalline, solar cell, confocal laser scanning microscope, fluorescence
DOI: 10.1023/A:1023275609912
ISSN: 1573-4803
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200) > Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified (091299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 16 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:00

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