Photoinduced Polyacrylate Based Polymer Electrolyte for Quasi-solid State Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Application

Tingting Xu 1, #,  Email

Dechong Kong 1, # 

Zhenzhen Xi 1, 2

Tao Huang 3 

Xiulan Qin 1 

Hongjing Wu 4, Email

Kaichang Kou 1

Rumin Wang 1 

Lixin Chen 1

Tingli Ma 5

1 Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710129 China

2 SPIC Xi'an Solar Power Co., Ltd, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710000 China

3 Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710129 China

4 Department of Applied Physics, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710129 China

5 Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 2-4 Hibikino, Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 808-0196 Japan

#These authors contributed equally.

Abstract

A novel polymer electrolyte poly(NAG) prepared from commercially available transparent photocurable nail art glue NAG was successfully developed for quasi-solid state dye sensitized solar cells (QS-DSSCs) application. The functional component in this poly(NAG) was revealed to be acrylate based group from the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) measurement. Water contact angle tests showed the poly(NAG) films displayed contact angle less than 20° when dripping liquid electrolyte containing iodide/tri-iodide redox couple. Meanwhile, electrochemical properties of poly(NAG) polymer based electrolyte were thoroughly investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The poly(NAG) polymer electrolyte presents an a highest ionic conductivity of 0.51 mS·cm-1 at room-temperature. Solar cell based on the poly(NAG) electrolyte reached power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.46%. This work demonstrates that this NAG is a novel, cheap, environmental friendly and efficient precursor for preparing polymer electrolyte for DSSCs application. Its abundance can significant low down cell fabrication cost, and this work opens a new way for looking for promising resource for the application of DSSCs.

Photoinduced Polyacrylate Based Polymer Electrolyte for Quasi-solid State Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Application