We developed low temperature fabrication method for the bendable electrode, simply by blending of PMMA with TiO2, providing flexibility to the plastic dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Contrary to the conventional structure of photoelectrode, proposed electrode consists of elastic polymer and inorganic materials. It is expected that elastic polymer could absorb the external impact like bending, retarding the crack propagation into the interconnected TiO2. We confirmed that composite photoelectrode displayed good bending rigidity. Regarding photovoltaic properties, the open circuit voltage gradually increased with the polymer content, suggesting that formation of thin polymer layer on TiO2 particles suppressed the recombination at TiO2/electrolyte interface.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by a grant (code #: 2009K000454 ) from ‘Center for Nanostructured Materials Technology’ under ‘21st Century Frontier R&D Programs’ of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea and KIST Internal Research Fund under the contract number of 2E20980 .
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science
- General Physics and Astronomy