Anodic TiO 2 Nanotube Arrays for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Characterized by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Hui Ping Wu, Lu Lin Li, Chien Chon Chen*, Wei-Guang Diau

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This paper reports on the microstructure of anodic titanium oxide (TiO 2) and its use in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) device. When voltages of 60 V were applied to titanium foil for 2 hr under 0.25 wt% NH 4F 2 vol% H 2OC 2H 4(OH) 2, TiO 2 with a nanotube structure was formed. The film, which had a large surface area, was used as an electron transport film in the DSSC. The DSSC device had a short-circuit current density (J sc) of 12.52 mA cm -2, a fill factor (FF) of 0.65, an open-voltage (V oc) of 0.77 V, and a photocurrent efficiency of 6.3% under 100% AM 1.5 light. The internal impedance values under 100%, 64%, 11%, and 0% (dark) AM 1.5 light intensities were measured and simulated using the electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique. The impedance characteristics of the DSSC device were simulated using inductors, resistors, and capacitors. The Ti/TiO 2, TiO 2/Electrolyte, electrolyte, and electrolyte/(Pt/ITO) interfaces were simulated using an RC parallel circuit, and the bulk materials, such as the Ti, ITO and conducting wire, were simulated using a series of resistors and inductors. The impedance of the bulk materials was simulated using L 0R 0R b, the impedance of the working electrode was simulated using (C 1//R 1)//(R a(C 2//R 2), the electrolyte was simulated using C 3//R 3, and the counter electrode was simulated using C 4//R 4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6253-6266
Number of pages14
JournalCeramics International
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Anodic
  • DSSC
  • Efficiency
  • TiO

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