Facile Synthesis of CoNi Bimetallic Nanoparticle Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide as Efficient and Low-Cost Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

Author(s) Wei, L.; Chen, W.; Jia, C.; Wang, D.; Li, M.; Dong, Y.; Song, W.; Liu, L.; Yang, Y.
Journal J Nanosci Nanotechnol
Date Published 2019 Dec 01
Abstract

In this paper, CoNi bimetallic nanoparticle decorated reduced graphene oxide (CoNi-RGO) was synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. When applied this CoNi-RGO into counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), it shows smaller charge-transfer resistance and better electrocatalytic activity than that of pure reduced graphene oxide (RGO). At the optimized conditions, the energy conversion efficiency of DSSCs based on CoNi-RGO counter electrode was 3.79%, indicating a higher photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on CoNi-RGO counter electrode than that of DSSCs based on RGO counter electrode (1.37%), and comparable to the value of DSSCs based on Pt counter electrode as a reference (4.95%). Additionally, the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on CoNi-RGO counter electrode strongly depends on its composition. The molar ratio of Co/Ni and the weight ratio of CoNi/GO that used to prepare CoNi-RGO counter electrode are key factors to affect the performance of their cell devices. When both the molar ratio of Co/Ni and the weight ratio of CoNi/GO are 1:1, the CoNi-RGO counter electrode shows the best performance, indicating the potential of such bimetallic nanoparticle decorated RGO as low-cost and efficient counter electrode to replace noble metal Pt counter electrode for the practical application of DSSCs devices.

DOI 10.1166/jnn.2019.16862
ISSN 1533-4899
Citation Wei L, Chen W, Jia C, Wang D, Li M, Dong Y, et al. Facile Synthesis of CoNi Bimetallic Nanoparticle Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide as Efficient and Low-Cost Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2019;19(12):7790-7798.

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