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Anisotropic One-Dimensional Aqueous Polymer Gel Electrolyte for Photoelectrochemical Devices: Improvement in Hydrophobic TiO 2 –Dye/Electrolyte Interface

Abstract : Aqueous photoelectrochemical devices have emerged recently as promising area because of their economic and ecological friendliness. In the present work, we have expedited surface active amphiphilic quasi-solid aqueous polymer gel electrolyte (PGE) with hydrophobic sensitizer SK3 in water-based dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). PGE was prepared from amphiphilic block copolymer (PEO)–(PPO)–(PEO) with iodide–triiodide couple in pure aqueous media without any organic solvent. This block copolymer, with iodide-triiodide salt exhibits 1D-lamellar microcrystalline phase which shows stability in the temperature range of 25–50 °C. Parallel (||al) and perpendicular (⊥ar) alignment of anisotropic lamellar microcrystalline phase pertaining by PGE were characterized and applied in quasi-solid DSSC. Temperature dependency of ionic conductivity, triiodide diffusion, differential scanning calorimetry, viscosity, and 1-D lamellar anisotropic behavior were studied. Surface active effect of PGE at the hydrophobic dye sensitized photoanode was investigated and compared with liquid water based electrolyte. Because of the amphiphilic nature and thermoreversible sol–gel transition of PGE at a lower temperature (0 to −2 °C) allowing PGE to penetrate efficiently inside the hydrophobic surface of dye–TiO2 and resulted in a fused contact between dye–TiO2/PGE interface. This aqueous PGE successfully enhances the performance of DSSCs over liquid water based devices by improving their Voc and stability. Under 0.5 sun illumination, DSSC with 1-D lamellar perpendicularly align PGE shows an efficiency of 2.8% and stability up to 1000 h at 50 °C.
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Keval Soni, Jayraj Vaghasiya, Hiren Machhi, Jyoti Prasad, Alain Gibaud, et al.. Anisotropic One-Dimensional Aqueous Polymer Gel Electrolyte for Photoelectrochemical Devices: Improvement in Hydrophobic TiO 2 –Dye/Electrolyte Interface. ACS Applied Energy Materials, ACS, 2018, 1 (8), pp.3665 - 3673. ⟨10.1021/acsaem.8b00444⟩. ⟨hal-01904903⟩

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