Photovoltaic Performance of Dye-sensitized Solar Cells assembled with Hybrid Composite Membrane based on Polypropylene Non-woven Matrix

  • Choi, Yeon-Jeong (Department of Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University) ;
  • Kim, Dong-Won (Department of Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University)
  • Received : 2010.11.29
  • Accepted : 2010.12.13
  • Published : 2011.02.20


Hybrid composite membranes were prepared by coating poly(ethylene oxide) and $SiO_2$ particles onto the porous polypropylene nonwoven matrix. Gel polymer electrolytes prepared by soaking the hybrid composite membranes in an organic electrolyte solution exhibited ionic conductivities higher than $1.1{\times}10^{-3}Scm^{-1}$ at room temperature. Dyesensitized solar cell (DSSC) employing the hybrid composite membrane with PEO and 10 wt % $SiO_2$ exhibited an open circuit voltage of 0.77 V and a short circuit current of 10.78 $mAcm^{-2}$ at an incident light intensity of 100 $mWcm^{-2}$, yielding a conversion efficiency of 5.2%. DSSC employing the hybrid composite membrane showed more stable photovoltaic performance than that of the DSSC assembled with liquid electrolyte.


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