New Photoelectrochromic Device with Chromatic Silica/Tungsten Oxide/Copper Hybrid Film and Photovoltaic Polymer/Quantum Dot Sensitized Anode

Kolay, Ankita and Das, A and Ghosal, Partha and M, Deepa (2018) New Photoelectrochromic Device with Chromatic Silica/Tungsten Oxide/Copper Hybrid Film and Photovoltaic Polymer/Quantum Dot Sensitized Anode. ACS Applied Energy Materials. ISSN 2574-0962 (In Press)

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Abstract

A unique SiO2/WO3/Cu counter electrode (CE) coupled with a TiO2/CdS/P3HT photoanode is employed to design a cost-effective photoelectrochromic energy conversion device for self-powered smart window application. The main objective behind the inclusion of Cu in this device as a complement to the previously researched WO3 electrochromic counter electrode is to augment the photoelectrochromic response of the latter. The electrons made available due to hot electron injection from Cu to WO3 boost the intensity of coloration while also promoting better chromatic switching in the SiO2/WO3/Cu CE. The transmission modulation (ΔT) under 0.25 sun at 465 nm wavelength is 50.6% for the SiO2/WO3/Cu film with a coloration efficiency of 30.6 cm2 C-1, whereas it is 39.9% for SiO2/WO3 with much lower coloration efficiency of 22.4 cm2 C-1. The ΔTVIS of the complete liquid photoelectrochromic assembly with SiO2/WO3/Cu CE is 41.6%, which is much higher as compared to the value of 33.6% that is obtained when the device uses only SiO2/WO3 as counter electrode. Under 1 sun irradiance, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the TiO2/CdS/P3HT-S2--SiO2/WO3/Cu cell, at 5.88%, is a noticeable enhancement over the value of 3.77% attained by using a SiO2/WO3 CE (without Cu) with the same photoanode. The high electrical conductivity of Cu allows facile charge propagation, making SiO2/WO3/Cu a proficient CE. Channelized movement of the photogenerated electrons is responsible for the vast improvement in the photoelectrochromic as well as photovoltaic performances of this novel assembly, as has been rationalized in detail in this study.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Chemistry
Divisions: Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 05:39
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 05:39
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/4372
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.8b00765
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/2574-0962/
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