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FeS2 quantum dots sensitized nanostructured TiO2 solar cell: photoelectrochemical and photoinduced absorption spectroscopy studies

Published Online: 29 Feb 2012
Volume & Issue: Volume 29 (2011) - Issue 3 (September 2011)
Page range: 171 - 176
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2083-134X
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2083-1331
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16 Apr 2011
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4 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Thin films of nanostructured TiO2 have been modified with FeS2 (pyrite) nano-particles by a low temperature chemical reaction of iron pentacarbonyl with sulfur in xylene. Quantum size effects are manifested by the observation of a blue shift in both absorption and photocurrent action spectra. PIA (Photoinduced absorption spectroscopy), where the excitation is provided by a square-wave modulated (on/off) monochromatic light emitting diode, is a multipurpose tool in the study of dye-sensitized solar cells. Here, PIA is used to study quantum-dot modified TiO2 nanostructured electrodes. The PIA spectra obtained give evidence for long-lived photoinduced charge separation: electrons are injected into the metal oxide and holes are left behind in the FeS2 quantum dot. Time-resolved PIA shows that recombination between electrons and holes occurs on a millisecond timescale. The Incident-Photon-to-Current Efficiency of about 23 % was obtained at 400 nm excitation. The performances of TiO2 electrodes modified with FeS2 are relatively low, which is explained by the presence of FeS2 phases other than the photoactive pyrite phase, as follows from the XRD spectrum.

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