Improved Solar Cell Performance of High Quality Plasma Reduced Graphene Oxide

Chandana, L and Ghosal, P and Ch, Subrahmanyam (2016) Improved Solar Cell Performance of High Quality Plasma Reduced Graphene Oxide. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 13 (9). pp. 929-936. ISSN 1612-8850

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A facile green approach for the preparation of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), based on a non-thermal plasma jet reactor, operating in an aqueous medium under ambient conditions was developed. Argon plasma treated GO samples were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Temperature programmed decomposition (TPD), Raman spectroscopy, and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, which highlighted the potential of plasma approach for the formation of the RGO. The emission spectrum of the discharge confirms the in situ formation of hydrogen radicals (H-center dot) and hydroxyl radicals ((OH)-O-center dot), which reduce the oxygen functional groups of graphene oxide (GO), under mild reaction conditions. Raman spectroscopy confirms the optimum plasma treatment time of 6 h to deliver the best RGO (ID/IG similar to 1.5), which also showed the highest solar cell efficiency of similar to 2.3% when used as a counter electrode in a typical quantum dot sensitized solar cell.

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Ch, Subrahmanyam
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: active species; graphene oxide; healing effect; plasma reduction; solar efficiency
Subjects: Physics > Fluid mechanics
Physics > Astronomy Astrophysics
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Divisions: Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 05:33
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