Effects of surface modification of MoS2:TiO2:Pt counter electrodes by argon plasma treatment on photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

Zun Yuan Ke, Hao Che Hung, Yow Jon Lin

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The MoS2:TiO2:Pt counter electrode (CE) treated using argon plasma provides possibilities to improve photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The experimental results revealed that the argon plasma-treated MoS2:TiO2:Pt composite influences on the power conversion efficiency by enhancing electrocatalytic activity that serves to increase the short circuit current. The findings show the importance of plasma treatment time in achieving optimization of DSSCs. The induced conversion of chloroplatinic acid into metallic Pt on the CE surfaces by argon plasma treatment promotes the overpotential modification at the MoS2:TiO2:Pt CE/electrolyte interfaces, resulting in the increased probability of the reduction of triiodide to iodide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4908-4913
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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