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Co(SxSe1-x)2 Nanorods Arrays with Rhombus Cross-section Exhibiting High Catalytic Activity for Quantum dot Sensitized Solar Cells

Co(SxSe1-x)2 Nanorods Arrays with Rhombus Cross-section Exhibiting High Catalytic Activity for Quantum dot Sensitized Solar Cells
Unique Co(SxSe1-x)2 nanorod arrays (NRAs) with rhombus cross-section were grown on FTO by a Solid-Gas-Solid process and used for quantum-dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The composition of S/Se of the Co(SxSe1-x)2 products could be facilely controlled by changing the molar ratios of S and Se powders. The as-prepared Co(SxSe1-x)2 NRAs have high porosity, root mean square (27.3nm) and small water contact angle (39.6°), which benefits the electrolyte penetration and provides large active areas, leading to higher electrocatalytic activity and lower charge transfer resistance toward the reduction of S2- n ions compared with Pt. In addition, the Co(SxSe1-x)2 NRAs exhibits high reflectivity, which helps to improve the light-harvesting efficiency of the photoanode. Thanks to these structural advantages, when used as counter electrode, a high Jsc of 16.37mAcm−2 was demonstrated, which leads to maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.72% indicating ∼55% improvement compared with the Pt based device (2.62%).

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0013468617317905

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