ZnO nanotube based dye-sensitized solar cells

Alex B.F. Martinson, Jeffrey W. Elam, Joseph T. Hupp*, Michael J. Pellin

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We introduce high surface area ZnO nanotube photoanodes templated by anodic aluminum oxide for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Atomic layer deposition is utilized to coat pores conformally, providing a direct path for charge collection over tens of micrometers thickness. Compared to similar ZnO-based devices, ZnO nanotube cells show exceptional photovoltage and fill factors, in addition to power efficiencies up to 1.6%. The novel fabrication technique provides a facile, metal-oxide general route to well-defined DSSC photoanodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2183-2187
Number of pages5
JournalNano letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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