Publication Details

Al-Attafi, K., Nattestad, A., Yamauchi, Y., Dou, S. Xue. & Kim, J. (2017). Aggregated mesoporous nanoparticles for high surface area light scattering layer TiO2 photoanodes in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells. Scientific Reports, 7 10341-1-10341-8.


Hierarchically structured aggregates, consisting of TiO2 nanoparticles were produced via one-step solvothermal syntheses with a mixed solvent system containing both acetic acid and ethanol. Two of the resulting structures, one ~700nm and the other ~300nm in diameter, were found to be comprised of 8.5nm and 10.5nm anatase crystals, and possess specifc surface areas of 138 and 106m2g−1 respectively. These particles were incorporated into Dye-sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs) as high surface area scattering layers, along with a layer of a transparent material. Solar-to-electric conversion efciencies (PCE) of 9.1% and 8.2% were recorded using these aggregated particles as compared to those of commonly used large particles scattering layer 7.4%.

Grant Number

ARC/DE160100504, ARC/DP160102627