Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube Using Olive Oil and It's Application in Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

Swati Sharma, Pinaki Ranjan, Sthitadhi Das, Sushil Gupta, Ravinder Bhati, Amitava Majumdar
2012 unpublished
In this study we report the synthesis of carbon nanotubes using Green chemistry (Olive Oil) for application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) as counter electrode materials (cathode). Prior research has resulted in using platinum deposited over transparent conducting oxide (TCO) as a cathode in DSSC to achieve high efficiency cells. However, the degradation of platinum over time poses a significant challenge in identifying the right material to maintain efficiency and operation over time.
more » ... ration over time. In this regard, the high conductivity and transparency of CNTs make them a potentially attractive option so for the purpose of increasing the energy conversion efficiency of DSSCs, carbon nanotubes were deposited on a TCO and the efficiency of CNT-counter electrode DSSC was improved .Nanotubes catalyze the reduction of triiodide, a reaction that is important for the DSSC.