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  1. Pt/Mesoporous Carbon Counter Electrode with a Low Pt Loading for High-Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Guiqiang Wang

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Pt/Mesoporous carbon counter electrodes with a low Pt loading for dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated by coating Pt/mesoporous carbon on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass. Pt/mesoporous carbon samples were prepared by reducing H2PtCl6 with NaBH4 in mesoporous carbon and characterized by N2 adsorption analysis, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The Pt particles deposited on mesoporous carbon support were found to be in uniform shape and narrow range of particle size. Low-Pt-loading Pt/mesoporous carbon counter electrode showed a high electrocatalytic activity for triiodide reduction. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement displayed a low charge-transfer resistance of 1.2 Ωcm2 for 1-Pt/mesoporous carbon counter electrode. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on the 1-Pt/mesoporous carbon counter electrode achieved an overall conversion efficiency of 6.62% under one sun illumination, which is higher than that of the cell with the conventional Pt counter electrode.

  2. Pt crystalline ultrathin films as counter electrodes for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cheng, Cheng-En; Lin, Zheng-Kun; Lin, Yu-Chang; Lei, Bi-Chen; Chang, Chen-Shiung; Shih-Sen Chien, Forest

    2017-01-01

    This study is to develop the Pt crystalline ultrathin films as high-transparent, efficient, and low-Pt-loaded counter electrodes (CEs) for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The 1-nm-thick Pt ultrathin films are sputtered on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates and thermal annealed at 400 °C. After annealing, as-prepared amorphous-nanocrystal-mixed Pt films become high-crystalline films with better optical transmittance and electrocatalytic ability to I3 - reduction for bifacial DSCs. The rear-to-front ratios of short-circuit current density and power conversion efficiency of DSCs with crystalline ultrathin Pt CEs are as high as 81 and 83%, respectively.

  3. Pt-Free Counter Electrodes with Carbon Black and 3D Network Epoxy Polymer Composites

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    Kang, Gyeongho; Choi, Jongmin; Park, Taiho

    2016-03-01

    Carbon black (CB) and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite, representing dual functions for conductive corrosion protective layer (CCPL) and catalytic layer (CL) by the control of CB weight ratio against polymer is developed. Our strategy provides a proper approach which applies high catalytic ability and chemical stability of CB in corrosive triiodide/iodide (I3-/I-) redox electrolyte system. The CB and a 3D network epoxy polymer composite coated on the stainless steel (SS) electrode to alternate counter electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A two-step spray pyrolysis process is used to apply a solution containing epoxy monomers and a polyfunctional amine hardener with 6 wt% CB to a SS substrate, which forms a CCPL. Subsequently, an 86 wt% CB is applied to form a CL. The excellent catalytic properties and corrosion protective properties of the CB and 3D network epoxy polymer composites produce efficient counter electrodes that can replace fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) with CCPL/SS and Pt/FTO with CL/CCPL/SS in DSSCs. This approach provides a promising approach to the development of efficient, stable, and cheap solar cells, paving the way for large-scale commercialization.

  4. Economical Pt-free catalysts for counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wu, Mingxing; Lin, Xiao; Wang, Yudi; Wang, Liang; Guo, Wei; Qi, Daidi; Peng, Xiaojun; Hagfeldt, Anders; Grätzel, Michael; Ma, Tingli

    2012-02-22

    Three classes (carbides, nitrides and oxides) of nanoscaled early-transition-metal catalysts have been proposed to replace the expensive Pt catalyst as counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Of these catalysts, Cr(3)C(2), CrN, VC(N), VN, TiC, TiC(N), TiN, and V(2)O(3) all showed excellent catalytic activity for the reduction of I(3)(-) to I(-) in the electrolyte. Further, VC embedded in mesoporous carbon (VC-MC) was prepared through in situ synthesis. The I(3)(-)/I(-) DSC based on the VC-MC CE reached a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.63%, comparable to the photovoltaic performance of the DSC using a Pt CE (7.50%). In addition, the carbide catalysts demonstrated catalytic activity higher than that of Pt for the regeneration of a new organic redox couple of T(2)/T(-). The T(2)/T(-) DSCs using TiC and VC-MC CEs showed PCEs of 4.96 and 5.15%, much higher than that of the DSC using a Pt CE (3.66%). This work expands the list of potential CE catalysts, which can help reduce the cost of DSCs and thereby encourage their fundamental research and commercial application.

  5. Efficiency enhancement for dye-sensitized solar cells with a porous NiO/Pt counter electrode

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    Maiaugree, Wasan; Kongprakaiwoot, Natcharee; Tangtrakarn, Apishok; Saekow, Samarn; Pimanpang, Samuk; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2014-01-01

    Bi-layer counter electrodes made of platinum films (Pt) coated on porous nickel oxide nanosheets (PNO) were investigated for a dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The PNO and Pt films were deposited using a chemical bath deposition and a DC sputtering technique, respectively. Connected networks of sputtered Pt on PNO nanosheets significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activities due to the increase in the electroactive areas. The solar conversion efficiency of the FTO/PNO/Pt DSSC was 8.17% in comparison to 7.23% for the FTO/Pt DSSC.

  6. A long-term analysis of Pt counter electrodes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells exploiting a microfluidic housing system

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    Sacco, Adriano, E-mail: adriano.sacco@iit.it [Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Pugliese, Diego; Lamberti, Andrea [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Castellino, Micaela; Chiodoni, Angelica [Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Virga, Alessandro [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Bianco, Stefano [Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy)

    2015-07-01

    The study of the degradation process occurring in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs) is still a hot topic, in view of the final industrialization and application of this class of devices. Currently the long-term analysis of DSCs is carried out on the entire devices, while the monitoring of cell components cannot be performed in situ directly on the materials, but only through indirect methods. In this paper we report on the analysis of two different kinds of Pt counter electrodes through direct measurements performed under real operating conditions, thanks to the use of a home-made microfluidic housing system, which allows the opening and the investigation of the cell components. The counter electrode samples were studied through X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, UV–visible Spectroscopy and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for a period longer than 1 year. The results showed that the performances of both classes of Pt counter electrodes remained stable for all the investigation period, despite some slight variation of the morphology. DSCs fabricated employing aged counter electrodes exhibited the same photovoltaic performance behavior of reference cells using fresh-produced counter electrodes, thus demonstrating that both class of materials do not undergo degradation during normal operating conditions. - Highlights: • The analysis of Pt counter electrodes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells was carried out. • Two families of counter electrodes were studied for a period longer than 1 year. • The analyzed samples were investigated in real operating condition. • A small detachment of the Pt clusters in the thermal samples was observed. • The charge transfer properties remained unchanged for all the investigation period.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of DSSC by using Pt nano-counter electrode: photosensor applications

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    Yahia, I. S.; AlFaify, S.; Al-ghamdi, Attieh A.; Hafez, Hoda S.; EL-Bashir, S.; Al-Bassam, A.; El-Naggar, A. M.; Yakuphanoglu, F.

    2016-06-01

    Pt electrode prepared by chemical method has been employed as counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell. TiO2 nanomaterial was deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate to be used as photoanode. Structure of the TiO2 and Pt films was investigated by atomic force microscope. The effect of illumination intensity on the photovoltaic parameters such as open circuit voltage, short circuit current density, output power, fill factor and efficiency of these cells was investigated in the range 2.5-130 mW/cm-2. The cell efficiency is stable above 70 mW/cm2. The fill factor is almost constant all over the studied range of illumination intensity. Impedance spectroscopy of the studied device as the summary measurements of the capacitance-voltage, conductance-voltage and series resistance-voltage characteristics were investigated in a wide range of frequencies (5 kHz-1 MHz). At low frequencies, the capacitance has positive values with peak around the origin due to the interfaces. At 200 and 300 kHz, the capacitance is inverted to negative with further increasing of the positive biasing voltage. Above 400 kHz, C-V profile shows complete negative behavior. Also, the impedance-voltage and phase-voltage characteristics were investigated. This cell shows a new promising device for photosensor applications due to high sensitivity in low and high illuminations.

  8. A branching NiCuPt alloy counter electrode for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Yang, Peizhi; Tang, Qunwei

    2016-01-01

    A rising objective for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is to create extraordinary and cost-effective counter electrode (CE) electrocatalysts. We present here a branching NiCuPt alloy CE synthesized by electrodepositing Ni on ZnO microrod templates and subsequently growing branched Cu as well as suffering from a galvanic displacement for Pt uptake. The resultant NiCuPt alloy CE displays a promising electrocatalytic activity toward redox electrolyte having I-/I3- couples. An impressive power conversion efficiency of 9.66% is yielded for the liquid-junction DSSC platform.

  9. Low-cost counter electrodes from CoPt alloys for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    He, Benlin; Meng, Xin; Tang, Qunwei

    2014-04-09

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a promising solution to global energy and environmental problems because of its merits on clean, low cost, high efficiency, good durability, and easy fabrication. However, the commercial application of DSSCs has been hindered by the high expenses of counter electrodes (CEs) and limited power conversion efficiency. With an aim of significantly enhancing the power conversion efficiency, here we pioneerly synthesize CoPt alloys using an electrochemically codeposition technique which are employed as CEs for DSSCs. Owing to the rapid charge transfer, electrical conduction, and electrocatalysis, power conversion efficiencies of CoPt-based DSSCs have been markedly elevated in comparison with the DSSC using Pt CE. The DSSC employing CoPt0.02 alloy CE gives an impressive power conversion efficiency of 10.23%. The high conversion efficiency, low cost in combination with simple preparation, and scalability demonstrates the potential use of CoPt alloys in robust DSSCs.

  10. Nanopatterned conductive polymer films as a Pt, TCO-free counter electrode for low-cost dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kwon, Jeong; Ganapathy, Veerappan; Kim, Young Hun; Song, Kyung-Deok; Park, Hong-Gyu; Jun, Yongseok; Yoo, Pil J; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2013-09-07

    A low-cost nanopatterned highly conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) thin film was fabricated on a flexible plastic substrate via a chemical polymerization method combined with a nanoimprinting technique and used as a platinum (Pt), TCO-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The catalytic properties of the nanopatterned PEDOT as the counter electrode in DSSCs were studied using cyclic voltammetry, J-V measurements, impedance spectroscopy, and finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The nanopatterned PEDOT counter electrodes exhibit better functionality as a counter electrode for tri-iodide reduction when compared to non-patterned PEDOT-based counter electrodes. The Pt and TCO-free DSSCs with a nanopatterned PEDOT-based counter electrode exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 7.1% under one sunlight illumination (100 mW cm(-2)), which is comparable to that of conventional DSSCs with standard platinum Pt/FTO paired counter electrodes. The ability to modulate catalytic functionality with changes in nanoscale morphology represents a promising route for developing new counter electrodes of Pt and TCO-free DSSCs.

  11. Low-Temperature Thermally Reduced Molybdenum Disulfide as a Pt-Free Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Lin, Che-Hsien; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Yu, Yang-Yen; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2015-11-01

    A two-dimensional nanostructure of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) thin film exposed layered nanosheet was prepared by a low-temperature thermally reduced (TR) method on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate as a platinum (Pt)-free and highly electrocatalytic counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results show that the MoS2 sulfidization temperature was approximately 300 °C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that the stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 were more complete at higher temperatures; however, these temperatures reduce the number of edge-plane active sites in the short-range-order nanostructure. Accordingly, the DSSCs with 300 °C annealed TR-MoS2 CE exhibited an excellent photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.351 %, up to 91.7 % of which is obtained using the conventional TD-Pt CE (PCE = 6.929 %). The temperature of thermal reaction and the molar ratio of reaction precursors were found to significantly influence the resulting stoichiometry and crystallization of MoS2 nanosheets, thus affecting DSSCs' performance.

  12. Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma Jet Processed Pt-Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxides for Counter-Electrodes of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Ting-Hao Wan

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Ultrafast atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ processed Pt-decorated reduced graphene oxides (rGOs were used as counter-electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. Pastes containing rGO, ethyl cellulose, terpineol, and chloroplatinic acid were screen-printed and sintered by nitrogen dc-pulse APPJs. Pt nanodots were uniformly distributed on the rGO flakes. When using Pt-decorated rGOs as the counter electrodes of DSSCs, the efficiency of the DSSC first increased and then decreased as the APPJ processing time increased. Nitrogen APPJs can effectively remove organic binders and can reduce chloroplatinic acid to Pt, thereby improving the efficiency of DSSCs. However, over-calcination by APPJ can damage the graphenes and degrade the DSSCs. The addition of Pt mainly improves the fill factor, which thereby increases the efficiency of DSSCs. The optimized APPJ processing time was merely 9 s owing to the vigorous interaction among the rGOs, chloroplatinic acid and nitrogen APPJs.

  13. Low-cost Cr doped Pt3Ni alloy supported on carbon nanofibers composites counter electrode for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xiao, Junying; Cui, Midou; Wang, Mingkun; Sui, Huidong; Yang, Kun; Li, Ling; Zhang, Wenming; Li, Xiaowei; Fu, Guangsheng; Hagfeldt, Anders; Zhang, Yucang

    2016-10-01

    Pt3Ni alloy supported by carbon nanofibers (CNs) composites (Pt3Ni/CNs) synthesized by a simple solvothermal process was introduced into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as counter electrode (CE) for the first time, and the DSCs based on Pt3Ni/CNs CE obtained a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.34%. To enhance the catalytic activity of Pt3Ni/CNs composites, transition metal chrome (Cr) was doped in Pt3Ni/CNs to synthesize the composites of Cr-Pt3Ni/CNs using the same method. Due to the high electrocatalytic activity and rapid charge transfer ability, the PCE of the DSCs employing Cr-Pt3Ni/CNs as CE increased to 8.76%, which was much higher than that of Pt CE (7.04%) measured in the same condition. The impressive results along with low cost and simple synthesis process demonstrated transition metal doping was a promising method to produce substitutes for Pt to reduce the cost and increase the PCE of DSCs.

  14. Low-cost solution processed nano millet like structure CoS2 film superior to pt as counter electrode for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Rao, S. Srinivasa; Punnosse, Dinah; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Kim, Hee-Je

    2015-05-01

    Cobalt Sulfide (CoS2) counter electrodes (CE) with uniform size distribution were obtained on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate as counter electrodes for polysulfide redox electrolyte in CdS/CdSe/ ZnS quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) by chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique. In this study, we optimized the cobalt source, deposition temperature and time in the preparation of CoS2 thin film to achieve greater conversion efficiency with strong adhesion on FTO. Relative to the platinum (Pt) electrodes, the CoS2 electrode shows a higher catalytic activity, faster electron transport and lower chargetransfer resistance, which can play a role in rendering higher power conversion efficiency. As a result, QDSSCs with the optimized CoS2 CE achieved a higher short-circuit current density of 13.08 mA cm-2, open-circuit voltage of 0.47 V, fill factor of 0.34 and overall photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 2.17% obtained under one sun illumination (100 mW cm-2). Therefore, CoS2 CE can be used as a promising CE in QDSSCs with efficiency exceeding that of high-cost Pt-based cells (1.64%). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  15. Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembled Graphene Multilayers as Pt-Free Alternative Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Rani, Adila; Chung, Kyungwha; Kwon, Jeong; Kim, Sung June; Jang, Yoon Hee; Jang, Yu Jin; Quan, Li Na; Yoon, Minji; Park, Jong Hyeok; Kim, Dong Ha

    2016-05-11

    Low cost, charged, and large scale graphene multilayers fabricated from nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide N-rGO(+), nitrogen and sulfur codoped reduced graphene oxide NS-rGO(+), and undoped reduced graphene oxide rGO(-) were applied as alternative counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The neat rGO-based counter electrodes were developed via two types of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly (SA) methods: spin coating and spray coating methods. In the spin coating method, two sets of multilayer films were fabricated on poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates using GO(-) combined with N-GO(+) followed by annealing and denoted as [rGO(-)/N-rGO(+)]n or with NS-GO(+) and denoted as [rGO(-)/NS-rGO(+)]n for counter electrodes in DSSCs. The DSSCs employing new types of counter electrodes exhibited ∼7.0% and ∼6.2% power conversion efficiency (PCE) based on ten bilayers of [rGO(-)/N-rGO(+)]10 and [rGO(-)/NS-rGO(+)]10, respectively. The DSSCs equipped with a blend of one bilayer of [rGO(-):N-rGO(+)] and [rGO(-):NS-rGO(+)] on PDDA-coated FTO substrates were prepared from a spray coating and showed ∼6.4% and ∼5.6% PCE, respectively. Thus, it was demonstrated that a combination of undoped, nitrogen-doped, and nitrogen and sulfur codoped reduced graphene oxides can be considered as potentially powerful Pt-free electrocatalysts and alternative electrodes in conventional photovoltaic devices.

  16. NiSe2 as an efficient electrocatalyst for a Pt-free counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Gong, Feng; Xu, Xin; Li, Zhuoqun; Zhou, Gang; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2013-02-18

    Nickel diselenide (NiSe(2)) has been synthesized and applied as a counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) for the first time, which displays remarkable catalytic activity in the reduction of I(3)(-). The DSSC with a NiSe(2) CE produces a higher power conversion efficiency (8.69%) than that (8.04%) of the cell with a Pt CE under the same conditions. A new method for comparing the catalytic activity has also been proposed.

  17. 染料敏化太阳能电池Pt/NiP/ITO对电极的制备和性能%Preparation and Performance of Pt/NiP/ITO Counter Electrode for DSSC

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    马换梅; 田建华; 廖文明; 单忠强

    2012-01-01

    NiP alloy film was firstly prepared on the surface of the ITO conductive glass substrate by an electroless plating method,and then,the nanoparticles of platinum were electrodeposited on the NiP–plated layer to obtain Pt/NiP/ITO counter electrode used in DSSC.The parameters of Pt electro-deposition on NiP alloy layer were optimized.The influences of NiP alloy structure and Pt loading on the surface morphology and catalytic activity of Pt/NiP/ITO electrode were investigated.The surface morphology of Pt/NiP/ITO electrode was analyzed by atomic force microscopy.The electrochemical performance of Pt/NiP/ITO electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.The photovoltaic performance was evaluated from photocurrent-voltage curves in a single DSSC.The result shows that the NiP alloy deposited on ITO substrate enhances the conductivity and light reflection performance of the counter electrode,and also improves the distribution of Pt particles on the surface of electrode,resulting in that Jscand η of the DSSC are increased by 4% and 11%,respectively.%在ITO导电玻璃表面化学镀NiP合金薄膜,然后电化学沉积Pt纳米粒子,形成染料敏化太阳能电池Pt/NiP/ITO对电极。优化了化学镀NiP合金的工艺条件;研究了NiP的结构和铂载量对Pt/NiP/ITO电极形貌和催化活性的影响。采用原子力显微镜分析Pt/NiP/ITO电极的表面形貌;采用循环伏安法、电化学交流阻抗法表征其电化学性能;采用单体DSSC的光电流–电压曲线表征其光伏性能。测试结果表明,在ITO基体上化学镀NiP合金,提高了电极的导电性和光反射能力,改善了电极表面Pt粒子的分布,使电池的短路电流密度和光电转化效率分别提高了4%和11%。

  18. Flower-like nickel cobalt sulfide microspheres modified with nickel sulfide as Pt-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Huo, Jinghao; Wu, Jihuai; Zheng, Min; Tu, Yongguang; Lan, Zhang

    2016-02-01

    The nickel cobalt sulfide/nickel sulfide (NiCo2S4/NiS) microspheres which exhibit flower-like morphologies are synthesized by a two-step hydrothermal method. Then the NiCo2S4/NiS microspheres are deposited on a fluorine doped SnO2 substrate by spin-casting the isopropyl alcohol solution of as-prepared microspheres. The cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Tafel tests are employed to measure the electrochemical performance of NiCo2S4/NiS counter electrode. The NiCo2S4 and NiS all are used to improve the conductivity and electrocatalytic ability of the films, and the NiS can also increase the specific surface area of microspheres. The dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with the NiCo2S4/NiS counter electrode exhibite a power conversion efficiency of 8.8%, which is higher than that of DSSC with Pt counter electrode (8.1%) under the light intensity of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5 G).

  19. The CdS/CdSe/ZnS Photoanode Cosensitized Solar Cells Basedon Pt, CuS, Cu2S, and PbS Counter Electrodes

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    Tung Ha Thanh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Highly ordered mesoporous TiO2 modified by CdS, CdSe, and ZnS quantum dots (QDs was fabricated by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR method. The quantity of material deposition seems to be affected not only by the employed deposition method but also and mainly by the nature of the underlying layer. The CdS, CdSe, and ZnS QDs modification expands the photoresponse range of mesoporous TiO2 from ultraviolet region to visible range, as confirmed by UV-Vis spectrum. Optimized anode electrodes led to solar cells producing high current densities. Pt, CuS, PbS, and Cu2S have been used as electrocatalysts on counter electrodes. The maximum solar conversion efficiency reached in this work was 1.52% and was obtained by using Pt electrocatalyst. CuS, PbS, and Cu2S gave high currents and this was in line with the low charge transfer resistances recorded in their case.

  20. Economical low-light photovoltaics by using the Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cell with graphene dot/PEDOT:PSS counter electrodes

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    Lee, Chuan Pei

    2015-10-23

    Graphene dots (GDs) are used for enhancing the performance of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS)-based counter electrodes in Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). As compared to PEDOT:PSS CEs, GD-PEDOT:PSS films possess a rough surface morphology, high conductivity and electrocatalytic activity, and low charge-transfer resistance toward I/I redox reaction, pushing cell efficiency to 7.36%, which is 43% higher than that of the cell with PEDOT:PSS CEs (5.14%). Without much impact on efficiency, the DSSCs with GD-PEDOT:PSS CEs work well under low-light conditions (light intensity <13.5mWcm and angle of incidence >60°), such as indoor and low-level outdoor lighting and of the sun while the other traditional cells would fail to work. The concurrent advantage in low cost in Pt-free materials, simple fabrication processes, comparable efficiency with Pt CEs, and high performance under low-light conditions makes the DSSC with GD-PEDOT:PSS CEs suitable to harvest light for a diverse range of indoor and low-level outdoor lighting locations.

  1. Pt-graphene electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hoshi, Hajime, E-mail: hoshi@ed.tus.ac.jp; Tanaka, Shumpei; Miyoshi, Takashi

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Graphene films with Pt nanoparticles were prepared from commercial graphene. • Pt consumption can be reduced by using Pt-graphene films. • The film showed improved catalytic activity for the reaction I{sub 3}{sup −}/I{sup −}. • The film can be used as the counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). • The performance of DSSC was superior to that of the Pt electrode. - Abstract: A simple paste method for fabricating graphene films with Pt nanoparticles was developed. First, graphene pastes with Pt nanoparticles were prepared from commercially available graphene. The resulting films of graphene nanoplatelet aggregates with Pt nanoparticles (Pt-GNA) contained Pt nanoparticles distributed over the entire three-dimensional surface of the GNA. Then, the catalytic activity for the I{sub 3}{sup −}/I{sup −} redox reaction was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry. The GNA electrode exhibited higher activity than a graphene nanoplatelet electrode because of its higher effective surface area. Addition of Pt nanoparticles to the electrodes improved the catalytic activity. In particular, a large Faradaic current for the I{sub 3}{sup −}/I{sup −} reaction was observed for the Pt-GNA electrode. As the counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), their performance was consistent with the cyclic voltammetry results. In particular, the DSSC performance of the Pt-GNA electrode was superior to that of the Pt electrodes commonly used in DSSCs.

  2. Improvement Performance of Dye-sensitized Solar Cells with Pt/Ti Counter Electrode Prepared by Electrodeposition-displacement%电沉积-置换法制备Pt/Ti对电极及其对染料敏化太阳能电池性能的提升

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    王耀琼; 冉秀芝; 高焕方; 李莉; 魏子栋

    2014-01-01

    A Pt/Ti counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cell( DSSC) was prepared by displacing electro-deposited Cu on a Ti sheet in H2 PtCl6 solution. Morphological characterization of the Pt/Ti electrode shows that the dispersion and size of Pt particles on Ti substrate is significantly improved in contrast to that of the Pt/FTO electrode prepared by pyrolysing Pt salt on a fluorine-doped oxide( FTO) glass substrate. The photo-current density-voltage( J-V) curves show that the overall energy conversion efficiency of DSSC with the Pt/Ti counter electrode increases by 20. 8% relative to that with the Pt/FTO counter electrode. The results also re-veal that the improved performance of the DSSC with the Pt/Ti counter electrode is assigned to the higher elec-trochemical surface area of the Pt/Ti counter electrode than the Pt/FTO, the lower electric resistance and the better reflecting ability of the Ti substrate than the FTO substrate.%采用电沉积-置换法在Ti片上制备了染料敏化太阳能电池( DSSC)的对电极Pt/Ti.形貌表征结果显示,与传统热解法制备的Pt/FTO对电极相比, Pt/Ti对电极Ti基底上Pt催化颗粒的粒径和分散性得到显著改善.光电流-光电压特性曲线测试结果表明,以Pt/Ti为对电极的DSSC与以Pt/FTO为对电极的DSSC相比,光电转化效率提高了20.8%.由于Pt颗粒分散性和粒径的改善所引起的Pt催化性能的提高、Pt/Ti对电极更低的电阻以及Ti基底更好的反光性能是提升DSSC性能的原因.

  3. CoS-Graphene Composite Counter Electrode for High Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Wang, Fen; Wu, Congcong; Tan, Yuan; Jin, Tetsuro; Chi, Bo; Pu, Jian; Jian, Li

    2015-02-01

    CoS-graphene composite counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was prepared by coating hydrothermal synthesized CoS with graphene onto the FTO conductive glass. SEM shows that CoS particles are uniformly dispersed in the graphene. The result confirms that the prepared composite counter electrode is of highly electrocatalytic activity towards iodine reduction, which is even better than Pt electrode. And cyclic voltammetry measurement also shows that the composite counter electrode has good stability after 100 scan cycles. DSSC with CoS-graphene as composite counter electrode achieves a maximum power conversion efficiency of 6.31%, which is better than Pt electrode.

  4. High performance electrocatalyst consisting of CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 film: its use as a counter electrode for Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Park, Jung Tae; Lee, Chang Soo; Kim, Jong Hak

    2014-12-01

    High energy conversion efficiencies of 6.6% and 7.5% are demonstrated in solid and liquid states, Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), respectively, based on CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 (om-SnO2) counter electrode. These results correspond to improvements of 14% and 9%, respectively, compared to a conventional Pt counter electrode and are among the highest values reported for Pt-free DSSCs. The om-SnO2 layer plays a pivotal role as a platform to deposit a large amount of highly electrocatalytically active CoS nanoparticles via a facile solvothermal reaction. The om-SnO2 platform with a high porosity, larger pores, and good interconnectivity is derived from a poly(vinyl chloride)-g-poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (PVC-g-POEM) graft copolymer template, which provides not only improved interaction sites for the formation of CoS nanoparticles but also enhanced electron transport. The structural, morphological, chemical, and electrochemical properties of CoS on the om-SnO2 platform are investigated using field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The performance enhancement results from the excellent electron transport at the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)/counter electrode/electrolyte interface, reduced resistance at the FTO/CoS interface, and better catalytic reduction at the counter electrode/electrolyte interface.High energy conversion efficiencies of 6.6% and 7.5% are demonstrated in solid and liquid states, Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), respectively, based on CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 (om-SnO2) counter electrode. These results correspond to improvements of 14% and 9%, respectively, compared to a conventional Pt counter electrode and are among the

  5. High performance electrocatalyst consisting of CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 film: its use as a counter electrode for Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Park, Jung Tae; Lee, Chang Soo; Kim, Jong Hak

    2015-01-14

    High energy conversion efficiencies of 6.6% and 7.5% are demonstrated in solid and liquid states, Pt-free, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), respectively, based on CoS nanoparticles on an organized mesoporous SnO2 (om-SnO2) counter electrode. These results correspond to improvements of 14% and 9%, respectively, compared to a conventional Pt counter electrode and are among the highest values reported for Pt-free DSSCs. The om-SnO2 layer plays a pivotal role as a platform to deposit a large amount of highly electrocatalytically active CoS nanoparticles via a facile solvothermal reaction. The om-SnO2 platform with a high porosity, larger pores, and good interconnectivity is derived from a poly(vinyl chloride)-g-poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (PVC-g-POEM) graft copolymer template, which provides not only improved interaction sites for the formation of CoS nanoparticles but also enhanced electron transport. The structural, morphological, chemical, and electrochemical properties of CoS on the om-SnO2 platform are investigated using field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The performance enhancement results from the excellent electron transport at the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)/counter electrode/electrolyte interface, reduced resistance at the FTO/CoS interface, and better catalytic reduction at the counter electrode/electrolyte interface.

  6. Low Sheet Resistance Counter Electrode in Dye-sensitized Solar Cell

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    Gui Qiang WANG; Rui Feng LIN; Miao WANG; Chang Neng ZHANG; Yuan LIN; Xu Rui XIAO; Xue Ping LI

    2004-01-01

    In order to search for the high efficiency and low sheet resistance counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell, we used Ti plate as the conducting substrate to prepare the counter electrode by thermal decomposition of H2PtCl6. Ti plate counter electrode shows low sheet resistance, good reflecting performance and matching kinetics. The dye-sensitized solar cell with the Ti plate counter electrode shows better photovoltaic performance than that of the cell with the fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass counter electrode.

  7. Transparent platinum counter electrode for efficient semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Iefanova, Anastasiia; Nepal, Jeevan; Poudel, Prashant; Davoux, Daren; Gautam, Umesh [Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57006 (United States); Mallam, Venkataiah [Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57006 (United States); Qiao, Qiquan [Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57006 (United States); Logue, Brian [Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57006 (United States); Baroughi, Mahdi Farrokh, E-mail: m.farrokhbaroughi@sdstate.edu [Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57006 (United States)

    2014-07-01

    A method for fabrication of highly transparent platinum counter electrodes (CEs) has been developed based on spray coating of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) on hot substrates. This method leads to 86% reduction in Pt consumption reducing the Pt cost per peak watt of counter electrode from $0.79/Wp down to $0.11/Wp compared to the conventional Pt counter electrodes made by sputter deposition. The simplicity and low cost of this method provide a basis for an up-scalable fabrication process. The Pt NP layer is over 88% transparent, leading to overall transparency of 80% when incorporated with indium tin oxide/glass substrates for functional counter electrodes. This counter electrode exhibits a large surface area and high catalytic activity, comparable to that of the conventional opaque CEs. Semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated based on this counter electrode showed 6.17% power conversion efficiency. - Highlights: • Counter electrode (CE) prepared by spraying nanoparticle (NP) Pt on hot substrate. • Low cost and scalable fabrication process of CE. • The spray deposited CE uses 10 times less Pt compared to the sputtering method. • The CE is 80% transparent and exhibits a large surface and high catalytic activity. • A semitransparent dye-sensitized solar cell with Pt NP CE was 6.17% efficient.

  8. Hollow platinum alloy tailored counter electrodes for photovoltaic applications

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    Li, Pinjiang; Zhang, Yange; Fa, Wenjun; Yang, Xiaogang; Wang, Liang

    2017-08-01

    Without sacrifice of photovoltaic performances, low-platinum alloy counter electrodes (CEs) are promising in bringing down the fabrication cost of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We present here the realization of ZnO nanostructure assisted hollow platinum-nickel (PtNi) alloy microstructure CEs with a simple hydrothermal methods and maximization of electrocatalytic behaviors by tuning Zn precursors. The maximal power conversion efficiency is up to 8.74% for the liquid-junction dye-sensitized solar cells with alloyed PtNi0.41 electrode, yielding a 37.6% cell efficiency enhancement in comparison with pristine solar cell from planar Pt electrode. Moreover, the dissolution-resistant and charge-transfer abilities toward I-/I3- redox electrolyte have also been markedly enhanced due to competitive dissolution reactions and alloying effects.

  9. A freeze-dried graphene counter electrode enhances the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hung, Kai-Hsiang; Wang, Hong-Wen, E-mail: hongwen@cycu.edu.tw

    2014-01-01

    A flexible graphene/polyimide (PI) counter electrode without a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) layer has been fabricated for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSCs) applications. The flexible counter electrode consists of polyimide double-sided tape as a substrate beneath a graphene film acting as the conductive and catalytic layer. Chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) on the PI electrode (rGO-PI) shows comparable catalytic activity to that of the reference sputtered platinum/FTO counter electrodes (Sputter-Pt/FTO). A DSSC with a freeze-dried rGO-PI (FD-rGO-PI) counter electrode shows an overall conversion efficiency (η) of 5.45%, while that of the conventional Sputter-Pt/FTO electrode is 5.52%. The DSSC with a thermally dried rGO-PI (Gel-rGO-PI) counter electrode (not freeze-dried) exhibits a smooth morphology and much poorer performance (η = 1.61%). Field emission scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry measurements demonstrate that the FD-rGO-PI electrode possesses a porous structure, numerous edges, minimum charge-transfer resistance and a higher electrocatalytic activity toward the I{sub 3}{sup −}/I{sup −} redox couple than that of the Gel-rGO-PI electrode. The high electrocatalytic activity, facile preparation procedure, absence of FTO, and material flexibility render the FD-rGO-PI electrode an ideal alternative to conventional DSSC counter electrodes. - Highlights: • Highly rough and conductive graphene-based counter electrode is synthesized. • The characteristics of graphene surface by freeze drying are different. • The graphene counter electrode exhibits comparable performance to that of sputtered Pt one.

  10. Conducting polymers based counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Veerender, P., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Saxena, Vibha, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Gusain, Abhay, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Jha, P., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Koiry, S. P., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Chauhan, A. K., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Aswal, D. K., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com; Gupta, S. K., E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com, E-mail: veeru1009@gmail.com [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai - 400085 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Conducting polymer films were synthesized and employed as an alternative to expensive platinum counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films were spin-coated and polypyrrole films were electrochemically deposited via cyclic voltammetry method on ITO substrates. The morphology of the films were imaged by SEM and AFM. These films show good catalytic activity towards triiodide reduction as compared to Pt/FTO electrodes. Finally the photovoltaic performance of DSSC fabricated using N3 dye were compared with PT/FTO, PEDOT/ITO, and e-PPy counter electrodes.

  11. Conducting polymers based counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Veerender, P.; Saxena, Vibha; Gusain, Abhay; Jha, P.; Koiry, S. P.; Chauhan, A. K.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.

    2014-04-01

    Conducting polymer films were synthesized and employed as an alternative to expensive platinum counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films were spin-coated and polypyrrole films were electrochemically deposited via cyclic voltammetry method on ITO substrates. The morphology of the films were imaged by SEM and AFM. These films show good catalytic activity towards triiodide reduction as compared to Pt/FTO electrodes. Finally the photovoltaic performance of DSSC fabricated using N3 dye were compared with PT/FTO, PEDOT/ITO, and e-PPy counter electrodes.

  12. Preparation and properties of low-cost graphene counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wu, Qishuang; Shen, Yue; Wang, Qiandi; Gu, Feng; Cao, Meng; Wang, Linjun

    2013-12-01

    With the advantages of excellent electrical properties, high catalytic activity and low-cost preparation, Graphene is one of the most expected carbon materials to replace the expensive Pt as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this paper, graphene counter electrodes were obtained by simple doctor-blade coating method on fluorine tin oxides (FTOs). The samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Then the low-cost graphene electrodes were applied in typical sandwich-type DSSCs with TiO2 or ZnO as photoanodes, and their photoelectric conversion efficiency (η) were about 4.34% and 2.28%, respectively, which were a little lower than those of Pt electrodes but much higher than those of graphite electrodes. This law was consistent with the test results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Low-cost graphene electrodes can be applied in DSSCs by process optimization.

  13. Characterization of azo dyes on Pt and Pt/polyaniline/dispersed Pt electrodes

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    Molina, J.; Fernandez, J.; Rio, A.I. del; Bonastre, J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Textil y Papelera, EPS de Alcoy, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Plaza Ferrandiz y Carbonell s/n, 03801 Alcoy (Spain); Cases, F., E-mail: fjcases@txp.upv.es [Departamento de Ingenieria Textil y Papelera, EPS de Alcoy, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Plaza Ferrandiz y Carbonell s/n, 03801 Alcoy (Spain)

    2012-06-15

    The electrochemical characterization of two organic dyes (amaranth and procion orange MX-2R) has been performed on Pt electrodes and Pt electrodes coated with polyaniline and dispersed Pt. Electrodes with different Pt loads have been synthesized and characterized obtaining that a load of 300 {mu}g cm{sup -2} was the optimum one. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to observe the distribution and morphology of the Pt nanoparticles. The electroactivity of the electrodes has also been characterized by means of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). The chemical characterization of Pt dispersed Pani coated Pt electrodes (Pt-Pani-Pt) was performed by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrochemical characterization of the dyes has been performed by means of cyclic voltammetry. Voltammograms have shown that the presence of the dyes diminishes characteristic Pt oxidation and reduction peaks. However, redox processes due to the dyes, appeared in the voltammograms. The different species responsible of these redox processes were generated in the vicinity of the electrode and were not adsorbed on the electrode surface since after stirring, the different redox processes disappeared. Characterization with different scan rates showed that redox processes of both dyes were controlled by diffusion.

  14. Gold nanoparticle decorated multi-walled carbon nanotubes as counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Kaniyoor, Adarsh; Ramaprabhu, Sundara

    2012-11-01

    A novel counter electrode material for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) composed of nanostructured Au particles decorated on functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (f-MWNTs) is demonstrated for the first time. MWNTs synthesized by catalytic chemical vapor deposition technique are purified and functionalized by treating with concentrated acids. Au nanoparticles are decorated on f-MWNTs by a rapid and facile microwave assisted polyol reduction method. The materials are characterized by X-ray diffractometry, Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The DSSC fabricated with Au/f-MWNTs based counter electrode shows enhanced power conversion efficiency (eta) of 4.9% under AM 1.5G simulated solar radiation. In comparison, the reference DSSCs fabricated with f-MWNTs and Pt counter electrodes show eta of 2.1% and 4.5%. This high performance of Au/f-MWNTs counter electrode is investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry studies.

  15. Novel one pot stoichiometric synthesis of nickel sulfide nanomaterials as counter electrodes for QDSSCs

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    Mani, A. Daya; Deepa, Melepurath [Department of Chemistry, IIT Hyderabad, Yeddumailaram 502 205 (India); Xanthopoulos, N. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-Lausanne (Switzerland); Subrahmanyam, Ch, E-mail: csubbu@iith.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, IIT Hyderabad, Yeddumailaram 502 205 (India)

    2014-11-14

    Solution combustion synthesis has been used for the first time to synthesize metal sulfide nanomaterials. Selective stoichiometric synthesis of nickel sulfide nanomaterials was achieved in a single step by using combustion synthesis under ambient conditions and the samples were tested as counter electrodes in a typical quantum dot sensitized solar cell (QDSSC). By varying the oxidant/fuel ratio, different stoichiometric nickel sulfide nanomaterials were obtained. Interestingly, a maximum of fourfold increase in efficiency (1.1%) was achieved with nickel sulfide counter electrode when compared to the Pt counter electrode (0.25%). This can be attributed to the less charge transfer resistance offered by nickel sulfide samples compared to Pt, which was confirmed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Among different stoichiometric compositions of nickel sulfide, Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} was found to exhibit the least charge transfer resistance and superior solar cell efficiency. The present study describes a novel selective stoichiometric synthetic approach and facile fabrication procedure for low cost counter electrode materials in QDSSCs. - Highlights: • Novel and facile phase selective synthesis of nickel sulfide nanomaterials. • A different sensitization approach of TiO{sub 2} with CdS. • A simple paint approach for working and counter electrode fabrication. • Fourfold increase of efficiency with Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} compared to the conventional Pt.

  16. Multistep electrochemical deposition of hierarchical platinum alloy counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Junjun; Ma, Mingming; Tang, Qunwei; Yu, Liangmin

    2016-01-01

    The preferred platinum counter electrode (CE) has been a burden for commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) due to high expense and chemical corrosion by liquid electrolyte. In the current study, we have successfully realized the multistep deposition of platinum alloy CEs including PtNi, PtFe, and PtCo for liquid-junction DSSC applications. The preliminary results demonstrate that the enhanced electrochemical activities are attributable to high charge-transfer ability and matching work functions of the PtM (M = Ni, Fe, Co) alloy CEs to redox potential of I-/I3- electrolyte. The resultant DSSCs yield impressive power conversion efficiencies of 8.65%, 7.48%, and 7.08% with PtNi, PtFe, and PtCo CEs, respectively. On behalf of the competitive reactions between transition metals with liquid electrolyte, the PtM alloy CEs display enhanced long-term stability.

  17. Effect of Pt coverage in Pt-deposited Pd nanostructure electrodes on electrochemical properties

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    Park, Ah-Reum; Lee, Young-Woo; Kwak, Da-Hee; Park, Kyung-Won [Soongsil University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    We have fabricated Pt-deposited Pd electrodes via a two-gun sputtering deposition system by separately operating Pd and Pt target as a function of sputtering time of Pt target. For Pt-deposited Pd electrodes (Pd/Pt-X), Pd were first deposited on the substrates at 20 W for 5min, followed by depositing Pt on the Pd-only electrodes as a function of sputtering time (X=1, 3, 5, 7, and 10min) at 20W on the Pt target. As the sputtering time of Pt target increased, the portion of Pt on the Pd electrodes increased, representing an increased coverage of Pt on the Pd electrodes. The Pd/Pt-7 electrode having an optimized Pt coverage exhibits an excellent electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation reaction.

  18. Effect of Counter Electrode in Electroformation of Giant Vesicles

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    Shuuhei Oana

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Electroformation of cell-sized lipid membrane vesicles (giant vesicles, GVs, from egg yolk phosphatidylcholine, was examined varying the shape of the counter electrode. Instead of a planar ITO (indium tin oxide electrode commonly used, platinum wire mesh was employed as a counter electrode facing lipid deposit on a planar formation electrode. The modification did not significantly alter GV formation, and many GVs of 30–50 µm, some as large as 100 µm, formed as with the standard setup, indicating that a counter electrode does not have to be a complete plane. When the counter electrode was reduced to a set of two parallel platinum wires, GV formation deteriorated. Some GVs formed, but only in close proximity to the counter electrode. Lower electric voltage with this setup no longer yielded GVs. Instead, a large onion-like multilamellar structure was observed. The deteriorated GV formation and the formation of a multilamellar structure seemed to indicate the weakened effect of the electric field on lipid deposit due to insufficient coverage with a small counter electrode. Irregular membranous objects formed by spontaneous swelling of lipid without electric voltage gradually turned into multilamellar structure upon following application of voltage. No particular enhancement of GV formation was observed when lipid deposit on a wire formation electrode was used in combination with a large planar counter electrode.

  19. Hydrogen Adsorption on Pt, Rh and Pt-Rh Electrodes

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    贾梦秋; A.M.Meretskyi

    2005-01-01

    The hydrogen adsorption on Pt-Rh alloys in sulfuric acid aqueous solutions was studied by the method of cathode pulses. Hydrogen adsorption on the electrode with all ratio of alloy components (ωRh = 0-100%) is well described by the Temkin logarithmic isotherm. The surface coverage by adsorbed hydrogen at the same potential is decreased with increasing content of rhodium in the system. A linear dependence of adsorption peak potential on the alloy compositions in the case of weakly bonded adsorbed hydrogen is established. Hydrogen adsorption heat as a function of surface coverage for Pt-Rh-electrodes was obtained. The shape of the current-potential curve and position of the weakly bonded hydrogen adsorption on the potential scale are all related to alloy compositions, thus can serve as the basis for the determination surface composition of allovs.

  20. Palladium and platinum-palladium bi-layer based counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells with modified photoanode

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    Mokurala, Krishnaiah; Kamble, Anvita; Nemala, Siva Sankar; Bhargava, Parag; Mallick, Sudhanshu

    2015-06-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated with palladium (Pd) and platinum-palladium (Pt-Pd) bi-layer as counter electrodes, respectively. Effects of photoanode thickness and morphology on device performance were studied. DSSCs fabricated with Pd and Pd-Pt as counter electrode (CE) showed photo conversion efficiency of 4.30% and 6.20%, respectively as compared to Platinum (Pt) based CE which showed 6.65% efficiency. Lower device performance was explained with help of cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements of the cells.

  1. Freestanding polypyrrole films as counter electrode for low cost dye sensitized solar cells

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    Jha, P.; Veerender, P.; Koiry, S. P.; Sridevi, C.; Chabbi, Pradnya; Samanta, S.; Chauhan, A. K.; Muthe, K. P.; Gadkari, S. C.

    2017-05-01

    Free standing polypyrrole films were synthesized using aqueous-organic interfacial polymerization. The electrical conductivity of these films was found to be higher when hexane(or benzene)-aqueous biphasic system is used. These high conductivity films were utilized as cost effective counter electrode to replace expansive Platinum in the fabrication of quasi-solid dye sensitized solar cells. The efficiency of DSSC was found to be 1.1%, which is close to that of 1.8% prepared using Pt as counter electrode.

  2. Nickel doped cobalt sulfide as a high performance counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Hee-Je; Kim, Chul-Woo; Punnoose, Dinah; Gopi, Chandu V.V.M.; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Prabakar, K.; Rao, S. Srinivasa, E-mail: srinu.krs@gmail.com

    2015-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • First ever employment of Ni doped CoS{sub 2} counter electrode as a replacement of Pt counter electrode. • Efficiency of 5.50% was achieved using Ni doped CoS{sub 2} counter electrode in contrast to 5.21% efficiency obtained using Pt electrode. • Dependency of efficiency on Ni dopant reported for the first time. • Cost effective chemical bath deposition was used for the fabrication of the counter electrode. - Abstract: The use of cells based on cobalt sulfide (CoS{sub 2}) and nickel sulfide (NiS) has found a steep upsurge in solar cell applications and as a substitute for conventional Pt-based cells owing to their low cost, low-temperature processing ability, and promising electro-catalytic activity. In this study, CoS{sub 2}, NiS and Ni-doped CoS{sub 2} nanoparticles were incorporated on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by simple chemical bath deposition (CBD). The surface morphology of the obtained films was analyzed by scanning electron microscope. Tafel polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammograms of the Ni-doped CoS{sub 2} (Ni 15%) films indicated enhanced electro-catalytic activity for I{sub 3}{sup −} reduction in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) compared to a Pt CE. The Ni-doped CoS{sub 2} CE also showed an impressive photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5.50% under full sunlight illumination (100 mW cm{sup −2}, AM 1.5 G), exceeding that of DSSCs using a Pt CE (5.21%). We show that the highest conversion efficiency mainly depends on the charge transfer resistance and adequate Ni ion doping with CoS{sub 2} nanoparticles.

  3. Carbon nanotube/graphene nanocomposite as efficient counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Velten, Josef; Mozer, Attila J; Li, Dan; Officer, David; Wallace, Gordon; Baughman, Ray; Zakhidov, Anvar

    2012-03-02

    We demonstrated the replacement of the Pt catalyst normally used in the counter electrode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) by a nanocomposite of dry spun carbon multi-walled nanotube (MWNT) sheets with graphene flakes (Gr-F). The effectiveness of this counter electrode on the reduction of the triiodide in the iodide/triiodide redox (I(-)/I(3)(-)) redox reaction was studied in parallel with the use of the dry spun carbon MWNT sheets alone and graphene flakes used independent of each other. This nanocomposite deposited onto fluorinated tin-oxide-coated glass showed improved catalytic behavior and power conversion efficiency (7.55%) beyond the use of the MWNTs alone (6.62%) or graphene alone (4.65%) for the triiodide reduction reaction in DSSC. We also compare the use of the carbon MWNT/Gr-F composite counter electrode with a DSSC using the standard Pt counter electrode (8.8%). The details of increased performance of graphene/MWNT composite electrodes as studied are discussed in terms of increased catalytic activity permitted by sharp atomic edges that arise from the structure of graphene flakes or the defect sites in the carbon MWNT and increased electrical conductivity between the carbon MWNT bundles by the graphene flakes.

  4. Vanadium oxide (VO) based low cost counter electrode in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications

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    Vijayakumar, P.; Pandian, Muthu Senthil; Ramasamy, P., E-mail: ramasamyp@ssn.edu.in [SSN Research Centre, SSN College of Engineering, Kalavakkam-603 110, Chennai, Tamilnadu (India)

    2015-06-24

    Vanadium oxide nanostars were synthesized by chemical method. The prepared Vanadium oxide nanostars are introduced into dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) as counter electrode (CE) catalyst to replace the expensive platinum (Pt). The products were characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) method. The photovoltaic performance of the VO as counter electrode based DSSC was evaluated under simulated standard global AM 1.5G sunlight (100 mW/cm{sup 2}). The solar to electrical energy conversion efficiency (η) of the DSSC was found to be 0.38%.This work expands the Counter electrode catalyst, which can help to reduce the cost of DSSC and thereby encourage their fundamental research and commercial application.

  5. Transparent nickel selenide used as counter electrode in high efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Jia, Jinbiao; Wu, Jihuai, E-mail: jhwu@hqu.edu.cn; Tu, Yongguang; Huo, Jinghao; Zheng, Min; Lin, Jianming

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • A transparent Ni{sub 0.85}Se is prepared by a facile solvothermal reaction. • Ni{sub 0.85}Se electrode has better electrocatalytic activity than Pt electrode. • DSSC with Ni{sub 0.85}Se electrode obtains efficiency of 8.88%, higher than DSSC with Pt. • DSSC with Ni{sub 0.85}Se/mirror electrode achieves an efficiency of 10.19%. - Abstract: A transparent nickel selenide (Ni{sub 0.85}Se) is prepared by a facile solvothermal reaction and used as an efficient Pt-free counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Field emission scanning electron microscopy observes that the as-prepared Ni{sub 0.85}Se possesses porous structure. Cyclic voltammogram measurement indicates that Ni{sub 0.85}Se electrode has larger current density than Pt electrode. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows that the Ni{sub 0.85}Se electrode has lower charge-transfer resistance than Pt electrode. Under simulated solar light irradiation with intensity of 100 mW cm{sup −2} (AM 1.5), the DSSC based on the Ni{sub 0.85}Se CE achieves a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.88%, which is higher than the solar cell based on Pt CE (8.13%). Based on the transparency of Ni{sub 0.85}Se, the DSSC with Ni{sub 0.85}Se/mirror achieves a PCE of 10.19%.

  6. Thermally exfoliated graphene based counter electrode for low cost dye sensitized solar cells

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    Kaniyoor, Adarsh; Ramaprabhu, Sundara

    2011-06-01

    Graphene obtained from thermal exfoliation of graphite oxide are highly wrinkled and have large surface area. Their wrinkled nature is expected to give them excellent catalytic activity. Herein, we demonstrate the use of thermally exfoliated graphene (TEG) as cost effective electrocatalyst for the tri-iodide reduction in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). X-ray diffraction, Raman and Infra red spectroscopy and electron microscopy studies confirm the defective and wrinkled nature of TEG. BET surface area measurement show a large surface area of ˜ 470 m2/g. The counter electrode was fabricated by drop casting a slurry of TEG dispersed in a Nafion:Ethanol solution on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. The use of Nafion prevented film "peel off," thus ensuring a good substrate adhesion. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy reveals that TEG had a catalytic performance comparable to that of Pt, suggesting its use as counter electrode material. As expected, the DSSC fabricated with Nafion solubilized TEG/FTO as counter electrode shows an efficiency of about 2.8%, comparable to Pt counter electrode based DSSC which has an efficiency of about 3.4%.

  7. Preparation of a Counter Electrode with P-Type NiO and Its Applications in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the applicability of a counter electrode with a P-type semiconductor oxide (such as NiO on a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC. The counter electrode is fabricated by depositing an NiO film on top of a Pt film, which has been deposited on a Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO glass using an ion-sputtering coater (or E-beam evaporator, using a simple spin coating method. This study also examines the effect of the average thickness of TiO2 film deposited on a working electrode upon the power conversion efficiency of a DSSC. This study shows that the power conversion efficiency of a DSSC with a Pt(E/NiO counter electrode (4.28% substantially exceeds that of a conventional DSSC with a Pt(E counter electrode (3.16% on which a Pt film was deposited using an E-beam evaporator. This result is attributed to the fact that the NiO film coated on the Pt(E counter electrode improves the electrocatalytic activity of the counter electrode.

  8. ELECTROCHEMICAL OXIDATION OF ETHYLENE AT PANI/Pt AND Ag/PANI/Pt MODIFIED ELECTRODES

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    Full Text Available The electrochemical behavior of ethylene on PANI/Pt and Ag/PANI/Pt modified electrodes was investigated in different media. Morphology of the deposits of PANI were observed by SEM analysis, complemented by the EDX techniques to obtain the Ag composition that shows that Ag is deposited in the polymeric matrix which covered the whole platinum surface. The electrodic system comprising Ag/PANI/ Pt electrode exhibited a more important electrocatalytic response for ethylene oxidation in neutral solutions than the PAN/Pt and Pt electrodes at 20 ºC.The results suggest that the oxidation of ethylene on Ag/PANI/Pt electrode is limited by adsorption-controlled reaction while the oxidation at PANI/Pt is mass transport-limited.

  9. Penternary chalcogenides nanocrystals as catalytic materials for efficient counter electrodes in dye-synthesized solar cells

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    Özel, Faruk; Sarılmaz, Adem; Istanbullu, Bilal; Aljabour, Abdalaziz; Kuş, Mahmut; Sönmezoğlu, Savaş

    2016-07-01

    The penternary chalcogenides Cu2CoSn(SeS)4 and Cu2ZnSn(SeS)4 were successfully synthesized by hot-injection method, and employed as a catalytic materials for efficient counter electrodes in dye-synthesized solar cells (DSSCs). The structural, compositional, morphological and optical properties of these pentenary semiconductors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. The Cu2CoSn(SeS)4 and Cu2ZnSn(SeS)4 nanocrystals had a single crystalline, kesterite phase, adequate stoichiometric ratio, 18-25 nm particle sizes which are forming nanospheres, and band gap energy of 1.18 and 1.45 eV, respectively. Furthermore, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammograms indicated that Cu2CoSn(SeS)4 nanocrystals as counter electrodes exhibited better electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of iodine/iodide electrolyte than that of Cu2ZnSn(SeS)4 nanocrystals and conventional platinum (Pt). The photovoltaic results demonstrated that DSSC with a Cu2CoSn(SeS)4 nanocrystals-based counter electrode achieved the best efficiency of 6.47%, which is higher than the same photoanode employing a Cu2ZnSn(SeS)4 nanocrystals (3.18%) and Pt (5.41%) counter electrodes. These promising results highlight the potential application of penternary chalcogen Cu2CoSn(SeS)4 nanocrystals in low-cost, high-efficiency, Pt-free DSSCs.

  10. Characteristics of thermally reduced graphene oxide and applied for dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrode

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    Ho, Ching-Yuan, E-mail: cyho@cycu.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan (China); Department of Chemistry, Center for Nanotechnology and Institute of Biomedical Technology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan (China); Wang, Hong-Wen [Department of Chemistry, Center for Nanotechnology and Institute of Biomedical Technology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan (China); Department of Chemistry, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan (China)

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    Graphical abstract: Experimental process: (1) graphite oxidized to graphene oxide; (2) thermal reduction from graphene oxide to graphene; (3) applying to DSSC counter electrode. - Highlights: • Intercalated defects were eliminated by increasing reduction temperature of GO. • High reduction temperature of tGP has lower resistance, high the electron lifetime. • Higher thermal reduction of GO proposes electrocatalytic properties. • DSSC using tGP{sub 250} as counter electrode has energy conversion efficiency of 3.4%. - Abstract: Graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized from a flake-type of graphite powder, which was then reduced to a few layers of graphene sheets using the thermal reduction method. The surface morphology, phase crystallization, and defect states of the reduced graphene were determined from an electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersion spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and infrared spectra. After graphene formation, the intercalated defects that existed in the GO were removed, and it became crystalline by observing impurity changes and d-spacing. Dye-sensitized solar cells, using reduced graphene as the counter electrode, were fabricated to evaluate the electrolyte activity and charge transport performance. The electrochemical impedance spectra showed that increasing the thermal reduction temperature could achieve faster electron transport and longer electron lifetime, and result in an energy conversion efficiency of approximately 3.4%. Compared to the Pt counter electrode, the low cost of the thermal reduction method suggests that graphene will enjoy a wide range of potential applications in the field of electronic devices.

  11. Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Made from High Catalytic Ability of Polypyrrole@Platinum Counter Electrode

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    Ma, Xingping; Yue, Gentian; Wu, Jihuai; Lan, Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Polypyrrole@platinum (PPy@Pt) composite film was successfully synthesized by using a one-step electrochemical method and served as counter electrode (CE) for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The PPy@Pt CE with one-dimensional structure exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and superior charge transfer resistance for I−/I3 − electrolyte after being the cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tested. The photocurrent-photovoltage curves were further us...

  12. Copper indium disulfide nanocrystals supported on carbonized chicken eggshell membranes as efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Lidan; He, Jianxin; Zhou, Mengjuan; Zhao, Shuyuan; Wang, Qian; Ding, Bin

    2016-05-01

    A domestic waste, chicken eggshell membrane (ESM), is used as a raw material to fabricate carbonized ESM loaded with chalcopyrite CuInS2 nanocrystals (denoted CESM-CuInS2) by a simple liquid impregnation and carbonization method. The CESM-CuInS2 composite possesses a natural three-dimensional macroporous network structure in which numerous CuInS2 nanocrystals with a size of about 25 nm are inlaid in carbon submicron fibers that form a microporous network. The CESM-CuInS2 composite is used as the counter electrode in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and its photoelectric performance is tested. The DSSC with a CESM-CuInS2 counter electrode exhibits a short-circuit current density of 12.48 mA cm-2, open-circuit voltage of 0.78 V and power conversion efficiency of 5.8%; better than the corresponding values for a DSSC with a CESM counter electrode, and comparable to that of a reference DSSC with a platinum counter electrode. The favorable photoelectric performance of the CESM-CuInS2 counter electrode is attributed to its hierarchical structure, which provides a large specific surface area and numerous catalytically active sites to facilitate the oxidation of the electrolyte. This new composite material has many advantages, such as low cost and simple preparation, compared with Pt and pure CuInS2 counter electrodes.

  13. Carbon Nanotube-based Nanohybrid Materials as Counter Electrode for Highly Efficient Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Kim, Ji-Soo; Sim, Eun-Ju; Dao, Van-Duong; Choi, Ho-Suk [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    In this study, we present an excellent approach for easily and uniformly immobilizing Pt, Au and bimetallic PtAu nanoparticles (NPs) on a multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT)-coated layer through dry plasma reduction. The NPs are stably and uniformly immobilized on the surface of MWNTs and the nanohybrid materials are applied to counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The electrochemical properties of CEs are examined through cyclic voltammogram, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and Tafel measurements. As a result, both electrochemical catalytic activity and electrical conductivity are highest for PtAu/MWNT electrode. The DSC employing PtAu/MWNT CE exhibits power conversion efficiency of 7.9%. The efficiency is better than those of devices with MWNT (2.6%), AuNP/MWNT (2.7%) and PtNP/MWNT (7.5%) CEs.

  14. RF Sputtered Iridium (Ir) Film as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Mokurala, Krishnaiah; Kamble, Anvita; Bhargava, Parag; Mallick, Sudhanshu

    2015-11-01

    Iridium (Ir) films were deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by radio-frequency sputtering at room temperature and the as-deposited films were used as counter electrodes (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The photo conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSC fabricated with Ir-based CE was 7.2%. Electrocatalytic activity and electrochemical data for Ir-based CE were compared with those for conventional Pt-based CE. The results were indicative of potential use of Ir as an alternative CE material for DSSC.

  15. Application of Cu3InSnSe5 Heteronanostructures as Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Lou, Yue; Zhao, Wenjie; Li, Chunguang; Huang, He; Bai, Tianyu; Chen, Cailing; Liang, Chen; Shi, Zhan; Zhang, Dong; Chen, Xiao-Bo; Feng, Shouhua

    2017-05-31

    In this research, we reported the synthesis of quaternary Cu3InSnSe5 nanoparticles with uniform size distribution and morphology for the first time through delicate controls over the chemical reaction kinetics. On the basis of the preparation strategy of Cu3InSnSe5 nanoparticles, Pt-Cu3InSnSe5 and Au-Cu3InSnSe5 heteronanostructures were designed and yielded using a simple and efficient seed growth method. These two heteronanostructures remained monodispersed without presence of any Cu3InSnSe5 nanocrystal impurities. To explore their application potentials for dye-sensitized solar cells, counter electrodes consisting of individual Cu3InSnSe5, Pt-Cu3InSnSe5, or Au-Cu3InSnSe5 constituents were fabricated. Current density-voltage (J-V) characteristics evaluation reveals that Cu3InSnSe5 nanoparticles, Pt-Cu3InSnSe5 and Au-Cu3InSnSe5 heterostructured nanoparticles display a comparative power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.8%, 7.6%, and 6.5% to that of a Pt-based counter electrode (7.9%), respectively. As such, we believe that the reported preparation strategy could provide new insights to the design and manufacture of counter electrode materials with controlled structure, morphology, and optimized power conversion efficiency for dye-sensitized solar cells.

  16. Indium- and Platinum-Free Counter Electrode for Green Mesoscopic Photovoltaics through Graphene Electrode and Graphene Composite Catalysts: Interfacial Compatibility.

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    Yin, Jie; Zhou, Huawei; Liu, Zhicheng; Nie, Zhonghao; Li, Yinhao; Qi, Xuan; Chen, Baoli; Zhang, Yingtian; Zhang, Xianxi

    2016-03-01

    The scarcity and noble indium and platinum (Pt) are important elements in photoelectric nanomaterials. Therefore, development of low cost alternative materials to meet different practical applications is an urgent need. Two-dimensional (2D) layered graphene (GE) with unique physical, mechanical, and electrical properties has recently drawn a great deal of attention in various optoelectronic fields. Herein, the large scale (21 cm × 15 cm) high-quality single layer graphene (SLG) and multilayer graphene on a flexible plastic substrate PET were controllably prepared through layer-by-layer (LBL) transfer using the thermal release adhesive transfer method (TRA-TM). Transmission and antibending performance based on PET/GE were superior to traditional PET/ITO. The square resistance of a nine-layer graphene electrode reached approximately 58 Ω. Combined with our newly developed and highly effective Fe3O4@RGO (reduced graphene oxide) catalyst, the power conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) using flexible PET/GE conductive substrate was comparable to that of the DSC using the PET/ITO substrate. The desirable performance of PET/GE/Fe3O4@RGO counter electrodes (low-cost indium- and platinum-free counter electrodes) is attributed to the interfacial compatibility between 2D graphene composite catalyst (Fe3O4@RGO) and 2D PET/GE conductive substrate. In addition, DSCs that use only PET/GE (without Fe3O4@RGO catalyst) as counter electrodes can also achieve a photocurrent density of 6.30 mA cm(-2). This work is beneficial for fundamental research and practical applications of graphene and graphene composite in photovoltaics, photocatalytic water splitting, supercapacitors.

  17. Nanostructure Pt Electrode Obtained via Self-assembly of Nanoparticles on Conductive Oxide-coated Glass Substrate

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    WANG, Wei-Bo(王维波); LUO, Zhen(罗臻); XIAO, Xu-Rui(肖绪瑞); LIN, Yuan(林原)

    2004-01-01

    Self-assembly of platinum nanoparticles were applied to fabrication of counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells on conductive oxide-coated glass substrate. The present Pt electrode exhibits high exchange current density of 220 mA/cm2, which is comparable to those prepared by electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering or thermal decomposition of platinum chloride. After analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), it was found that the catalyst was structurally characterized as nanosized platinum metal clusters and was continuously arranged on electrode surface. The present nanostructure electrode had high electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of iodine in organic solution.

  18. Platinum/Palladium hollow nanofibers as high-efficiency counter electrodes for enhanced charge transfer

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    Navarro Pardo, F.; Benetti, D.; Zhao, H. G.; Castaño, V. M.; Vomiero, A.; Rosei, F.

    2016-12-01

    Pt/Pd hollow nanofibers were obtained by sputtering a Pt/Pd alloy (80/20 wt%) onto polymer nanofibers (used as sacrificial template) and were used as counter-electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We demonstrate that optimization of nanofiber density and Pt/Pd sputtering thickness can increase the short circuit current density and consequently lead to a ∼15% enhancement in power conversion efficiency (PCE), when compared to the commonly used flat Pt/Pd CEs with the same thickness. The processes that contribute to such PCE improvement are: (i) increased surface area provided by the high aspect ratio hollow nanofibers and (ii) improved electro-catalytic performance, as validated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. The latter showed a two-fold decrease in the charge-transfer resistance of the nanostructured-CE, compared to the flat CE. The contribution of the Pt/Pd hollow nanofiber to light scattering was negligible as shown by reflectance measurements. These results suggest a simple and straightforward strategy to increase PCE in DSSCs, to minimize the use of precious metals used in this kind of devices and, more generally, to tailor the CE structure in photoelectrochemical systems to boost their functional properties, thanks to the advantages afforded by this complex morphology.

  19. Nitrogen-Doped Graphene/Platinum Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    2014-12-17

    Nitrogen-doped graphene (NGR) was utilized in dye-sensitized solar cells for energy harvesting. NGR on a Pt-sputtered fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate (NGR/Pt/FTO) as counter electrodes (CEs) achieves the high efficiency of 9.38% via the nitrogen doping into graphene. This is due to (i) the hole-cascading transport at the interface of electrolyte/CEs via controlling the valence band maximum of NGR located between the redox potential of the I-/I- redox couple and the Fermi level of Pt by nitrogen doping, (ii) the extended electron transfer surface effect provided by large-surface-area NGR, (iii) the high charge transfer efficiency due to superior catalytic characteristics of NGR via nitrogen doping, and (iv) the superior light-reflection effect of NGR/Pt/FTO CEs, facilitating the electron transfer from CEs to I3 - ions of the electrolyte and light absorption of dye. The result demonstrated that the NGR/Pt hybrid structure is promising in the catalysis field. (Chemical Presented). © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  20. Flexible and conductive cotton fabric counter electrode coated with graphene nanosheets for high efficiency dye sensitized solar cell

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    Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Sun, Kyung Chul; Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Choi, Yun Seon; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2016-07-01

    Textile fabric based electrodes due to their lightweight, flexibility and cost effectiveness, coupled with the ease of fabrication are recently given a huge attention as wearable energy sources. The current dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are based on Platinized-Fluorinated Tin oxide (Pt-FTO) glass electrode, which is not only expensive, but also rigid and heavyweight. In this work, a highly conductive-graphene coated cotton fabric (HC-GCF) is fabricated with a surface resistance of only 7 Ω sq-1. HC-GCF is used as an efficient counter electrode (CE) in DSSC and the results are examined using photovoltaic and electrochemical analysis. HC-GCF counter electrode shows a negligible change of resistance to bending at various bending positions and is also found extremely resistant to electrolyte solution and washing with water. Cyclic voltammogram, Nyquist and the Tafel plots suggest an excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA) for the reduction of tri-iodide (I3-) ions. Symmetrical cells prepared using HC-GCF, indicate a very low charge transfer resistance (RCT) of only 1.2 Ω, which is nearly same to that of the Pt with 1.04 Ω. Furthermore, a high photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.93% is achieved using HC-GCF counter electrode using polymer electrolyte.

  1. High-performance dye-sensitized solar cells with gel-coated binder-free carbon nanotube films as counter electrode

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    Mei, Xiaoguang; Cho, Swee Jen; Fan, Benhu; Ouyang, Jianyong

    2010-10-01

    High-performance dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) with binder-free films of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), including single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) and multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs), as the counter electrode are reported. The CNT films were fabricated by coating gels, which were prepared by dispersing CNTs in low-molecular-weight poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) through mechanical grinding and subsequent ultrasonication, on fluorine tin oxide (FTO) glass. PEG was removed from the CNT films through heating. These binder-free CNT films were rough and exhibited good adhesion to substrates. They were used as the counter electrode of DSCs. The DSCs with SWCNT or MWCNT counter electrodes exhibited a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency comparable with that with the conventional platinum (Pt) counter electrode, when the devices were tested immediately after device fabrication. The DSCs with an SWCNT counter electrode exhibited good stability in photovoltaic performance. The efficiency did not decrease after four weeks. On the other hand, DSCs with the MWCNT or Pt counter electrode exhibited a remarkable decrease in the photovoltaic efficiency after four weeks. The high photovoltaic performance of these DSCs is related to the excellent electrochemical catalysis of CNTs on the redox of the iodide/triiodide pair, as revealed by the cyclic voltammetry and ac impedance spectroscopy.

  2. Photovoltachromic device with a micropatterned bifunctional counter electrode.

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    Cannavale, Alessandro; Manca, Michele; De Marco, Luisa; Grisorio, Roberto; Carallo, Sonia; Suranna, Gian Paolo; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2014-02-26

    A photovoltachromic window can potentially act as a smart glass skin which generates electric energy as a common dye-sensitized solar cell and, at the same time, control the incoming energy flux by reacting to even small modifications in the solar radiation intensity. We report here the successful implementation of a novel architecture of a photovoltachromic cell based on an engineered bifunctional counter electrode consisting of two physically separated platinum and tungsten oxide regions, which are arranged to form complementary comb-like patterns. Solar light is partially harvested by a dye-sensitized photoelectrode made on the front glass of the cell which fully overlaps a bifunctional counter electrode made on the back glass. When the cell is illuminated, the photovoltage drives electrons into the electrochromic stripes through the photoelectrochromic circuit and promotes the Li(+) diffusion towards the WO3 film, which thus turns into its colored state: a photocoloration efficiency of 17 cm(2) min(-1) W(-1) at a wavelength of 650 nm under 1.0 sun was reported along with fast response (coloration time photovoltaic functionality was also retained due to the copresence of the independently switchable micropatterned platinum electrode.

  3. Anthocyanin-sensitized solar cells using carbon nanotube films as counter electrodes

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    Zhu, Hongwei; Zeng, Haifeng; Subramanian, Venkatachalam; Masarapu, Charan; Hung, Kai-Hsuan; Wei, Bingqing

    2008-11-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) films have been used as counter electrodes in natural dye-sensitized (anthocyanin-sensitized) solar cells to improve the cell performance. Compared with conventional cells using natural dye electrolytes and platinum as the counter electrodes, cells with a single-walled nanotube (SWNT) film counter electrode show comparable conversion efficiency, which is attributed to the increase in short circuit current density due to the high conductivity of the SWNT film.

  4. Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Made from High Catalytic Ability of Polypyrrole@Platinum Counter Electrode

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    Ma, Xingping; Yue, Gentian; Wu, Jihuai; Lan, Zhang

    2015-08-01

    Polypyrrole@platinum (PPy@Pt) composite film was successfully synthesized by using a one-step electrochemical method and served as counter electrode (CE) for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The PPy@Pt CE with one-dimensional structure exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and superior charge transfer resistance for I-/I3 - electrolyte after being the cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tested. The photocurrent-photovoltage curves were further used to calculate the theoretical photoelectric performance parameters of the DSSCs. The DSSC based on the PPy@Pt CE achieved a remarkable power conversion efficiency of 7.35 %, higher about 19.9 % than that of conventional Pt CE (6.13 %). This strategy provides a new opportunity for fabricating low-cost and highly efficient DSSCs.

  5. Enhanced Electrochemical Catalytic Efficiencies of Electrochemically Deposited Platinum Nanocubes as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Wei, Yu-Hsuan; Tsai, Ming-Chi; Ma, Chen-Chi M.; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Tseng, Fan-Gang; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2015-12-01

    Platinum nanocubes (PtNCs) were deposited onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by electrochemical deposition (ECD) method and utilized as a counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this study, we controlled the growth of the crystalline plane to synthesize the single-crystal PtNCs at room temperature. The morphologies and crystalline nanostructure of the ECD PtNCs were examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The surface roughness of the ECD PtNCs was examined by atomic force microscopy. The electrochemical properties of the ECD PtNCs were analyzed by cyclic voltammetry, Tafel polarization, and electrochemical impedance spectra. The Pt loading was examined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The DSSCs were assembled via an N719 dye-sensitized titanium dioxide working electrode, an iodine-based electrolyte, and a CE. The photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSSCs with the ECD PtNC CE was examined under the illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mWcm-2). The PtNCs in this study presented a single-crystal nanostructure that can raise the electron mobility to let up the charge-transfer impedance and promote the charge-transfer rate. In this work, the electrocatalytic mass activity (MA) of the Pt film and PtNCs was 1.508 and 4.088 mAmg-1, respectively, and the MA of PtNCs was 2.71 times than that of the Pt film. The DSSCs with the pulse-ECD PtNC CE showed a PCE of 6.48 %, which is higher than the cell using the conventional Pt film CE (a PCE of 6.18 %). In contrast to the conventional Pt film CE which is fabricated by electron beam evaporation method, our pulse-ECD PtNCs maximized the Pt catalytic properties as a CE in DSSCs. The results demonstrated that the PtNCs played a good catalyst for iodide/triiodide redox couple reactions in the DSSCs and provided a potential strategy for electrochemical catalytic applications.

  6. Layer-by-layer self-assembled mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films for platinum free dye-sensitized-solar-cell counter electrodes

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    Kitamura, Koji; Shiratori, Seimei [School of Integrated Design Engineering, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan)

    2011-05-13

    A thin film of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT-PSS), which is an alternative cathodic catalyst for Pt in dye-sensitized solar cells, was prepared using the layer-by-layer self-assembly method (LbL). The film is highly adhesive to the substrate and has a controllable thickness. Therefore, the PEDOT-PSS film prepared using LbL is expected have high performance and durability as a counter electrode. Moreover, when carbon black was added to the PEDOT-PSS solution, highly mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films were obtained. These films showed high cathodic activity. In this study, we investigated the change in morphology in the obtained film with increasing carbon black content, and the influence of the porosity and thickness on the performance of the cells. In this study, a Pt-free counter electrode with performance similar to that of Pt-based counter electrodes was successfully fabricated. The achieved efficiency of 4.71% was only a factor of 8% lower than that of the cell using conventional thermally deposited Pt on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass counter electrodes.

  7. Layer-by-layer self-assembled mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films for platinum free dye-sensitized-solar-cell counter electrodes.

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    Kitamura, Koji; Shiratori, Seimei

    2011-05-13

    A thin film of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT-PSS), which is an alternative cathodic catalyst for Pt in dye-sensitized solar cells, was prepared using the layer-by-layer self-assembly method (LbL). The film is highly adhesive to the substrate and has a controllable thickness. Therefore, the PEDOT-PSS film prepared using LbL is expected have high performance and durability as a counter electrode. Moreover, when carbon black was added to the PEDOT-PSS solution, highly mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films were obtained. These films showed high cathodic activity. In this study, we investigated the change in morphology in the obtained film with increasing carbon black content, and the influence of the porosity and thickness on the performance of the cells. In this study, a Pt-free counter electrode with performance similar to that of Pt-based counter electrodes was successfully fabricated. The achieved efficiency of 4.71% was only a factor of 8% lower than that of the cell using conventional thermally deposited Pt on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass counter electrodes.

  8. Single Pt nanowire electrode: preparation, electrochemistry, and electrocatalysis.

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    Li, Yongxin; Wu, Qingqing; Jiao, Shoufeng; Xu, Chaodi; Wang, Lun

    2013-04-16

    A single Pt nanowire electrode (SPNE) was fabricated through HF etching process from Pt disk nanoelectrode and an underpotential deposition (UPD) redox replacement technique. The electrochemical experiments showed that SPNE had steady-state electrochemical responses at redox species solution and the mass transfer rates were affected by the lengths and radii of SPNEs. The prepared SPNEs were utilized to examine the oxygen-reduction reaction in a KOH solution to explore the feasibility of electrocatalytic activity of single Pt nanowire and the results showed that the electrocatalytic activity of SPNE was dependent on the surface position of single Pt nanowire: the tip end position is more active than the sidewall position. Meanwhile, the electrocatalytic activity of SPNE was related to the radius of nanowire. These observations are not only important to understand the structure-function relationship in single nanowire level but have significant implications for the synthesis and selection of novel catalysts with high efficiency used in electrochemistry, energy, bioanalysis, etc.

  9. Cost–effective Polythiophene Counter Electrodes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs are most promising devices among third–generation solar cells because of low cost, easy production, environmental friendliness, and relatively high conversion efficiency. Counter electrode (CE, which is an important component in DSSCs, functions as an electron transfer agent as well as the regenerator of redox couple. Hitherto, various methods and materials were used to prepare different counter electrodes.Among these materials, conducting polymers have been widely investigated and employed in various applications such as sensors, supercapacitors, energy storage devices, DSSCs and others. In this study, Polythiophene (PTh conducting polymer was successfully synthesized by electrochemical deposition method, and employed as an alternative to expensive platinum (Pt CE for DSSC. Besides, PTh conducting polymer was electrochemically deposited via cyclic voltammetry method on FTO substrates. The morphology of the PTh film was characterized by SEM and AFM. Finally, the photovoltaic performance of PTh CE based DSSC was compared with PEDOT CE based device. This new concept—along with promising electrocatalytic activity and facile electron transfer—provides a new approach to enhance the photovoltaic performances of Pt–free DSSCs.

  10. High efficiency organic-electrolyte DSSC based on hydrothermally deposited titanium carbide-carbon counter electrodes

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    Towannang, Madsakorn; Kumlangwan, Pantiwa; Maiaugree, Wasan; Ratchaphonsaenwong, Kunthaya; Harnchana, Viyada; Jarenboon, Wirat; Pimanpang, Samuk; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2015-07-01

    Pt-free TiC based electrodes were hydrothermally deposited onto FTO/glass substrates and used as dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) counter electrodes. A promising efficiency of 3.07% was obtained from the annealed hydrothermal TiC DSSCs based on a disulfide/thiolate electrolyte. A pronounced improvement in performance of 3.59% was achieved by compositing TiC with carbon, compared to that of a Pt DSSC, 3.84%. TEM analysis detected that the TiC particle surfaces were coated by thin carbon layer (7 nm). The SAED pattern and Raman spectrum of TiC-carbon films suggested that the carbon layer was composed of amorphous and graphite carbon. The formation of graphite on the TiC nanoparticles plays a crucial role in enhancing the film's reduction current to 10.12 mA/cm2 and in reducing the film impedance to 237.63 Ω, resulting in a high efficiency of the TiC-carbon DSSC. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  11. Electrochemical pulsed deposition of platinum nanoparticles on indium tin oxide/polyethylene terephthalate as a flexible counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wei, Yu-Hsuan; Chen, Chih-Sheng [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China); Ma, Chen-Chi M. [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Chuen-Horng [Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Hsieh, Chien-Kuo, E-mail: jack_hsieh@mail.mcut.edu.tw [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-03

    In this study, a pulsed-mode electrochemical deposition (Pulse-ECD) technique was employed to deposit platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on the indium tin oxide/polyethylene terephthalate (ITO/PET) substrate as a flexible counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The characteristic properties of the Pulse-ECD PtNPs were prepared and compared to the traditional (electron beam) Pt film. The surface morphologies of the PtNPs were examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and the atomic force microscope (AFM). The FE-SEM results showed that our PtNPs were deposited uniformly on the ITO/PET flexible substrates via the Pulse-ECD technique. The AFM results indicated that the surface roughness of the pulsed PtNPs influenced the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs, due to the high specific surface area of PtNPs which enhanced the catalytic activities for the reduction (I{sub 3}{sup −} to I{sup −}) of redox electrolyte. In combination with a N719 dye-sensitized TiO{sub 2} working electrode and an iodine-based electrolyte, the DSSCs with the PtNPs flexible counter electrode showed a PCE of 4.3% under the illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mW cm{sup −2}). The results demonstrated that the Pulse-ECD PtNPs are good candidate for flexible DSSCs. - Highlights: • We used indium tin oxide/polyethylene terephthalate as a flexible substrate. • We utilized pulse electrochemical deposition to deposit platinum nanoparticles. • We synthesized a flexible counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). • The power conversion efficiency of DSSC was measured to be 4.3%.

  12. Counter electrodes from binary ruthenium selenide alloys for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Pinjiang; Cai, Hongyuan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Lin, Lin

    2014-12-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a promising solution to global energy and environmental problems because of its merits on clean, cost-effectiveness, relatively high efficiency, and easy fabrication. However, the reduction of fabrication cost without sacrifice of power conversion efficiencies of the DSSCs is a golden rule for their commercialization. Here we design a new binary ruthenium selenide (Ru-Se) alloy counter electrodes (CEs) by a low-temperature hydrothermal reduction method. The electrochemical behaviors are evaluated by cyclic voltammogram, electrochemical impedance, and Tafel measurements, giving an optimized Ru/Se molar ratio of 1:1. The DSSC device with RuSe alloy CE achieves a power conversion efficiency of 7.15%, which is higher than 5.79% from Pt-only CE based DSSC. The new concept, easy process along with promising results provide a new approach for reducing cost but enhancing photovoltaic performances of DSSCs.

  13. Flexible, Low Cost, and Platinum-Free Counter Electrode for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Ali, Abid; Shehzad, Khurram; Ur-Rahman, Faiz; Shah, Syed Mujtaba; Khurram, Muhammad; Mumtaz, Muhammad; Sagar, Rizwan Ur Rehman

    2016-09-28

    A platinum-free counter electrode composed of surface modified aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) fibers was fabricated for efficient flexible dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Surface modification of MWCNTs fibers with simple one step hydrothermal deposition of cobalt selenide nanoparticles, confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, provided a significant improvement (∼2-times) in their electrocatalytic activity. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy suggest a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 6.42% for our modified fibers, higher than 3.4% and 5.6% efficeincy of pristine MWCNTs fiber and commonly used Pt wire, respectively. Good mechanical and performance stability after repeated bending and high output voltage for in-series connection suggest that our surface modified MWCNTs fiber based DSSCs may find applications as flexible power source in next-generation flexible/wearable electronics.

  14. Development of Graphene Nano-Platelet Based Counter Electrodes for Solar Cells

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Graphene has been envisaged as a highly promising material for various field emission devices, supercapacitors, photocatalysts, sensors, electroanalytical systems, fuel cells and photovoltaics. The main goal of our work is to develop new Pt and transparent conductive oxide (TCO free graphene based counter electrodes (CEs for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. We have prepared new composites which are based on graphene nano-platelets (GNPs and conductive polymers such as poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS. Films of these composites were deposited on non-conductive pristine glass substrates and used as CEs for DSSCs which were fabricated by the “open cell” approach. The electrical conductivity studies have clearly demonstrated that the addition of GNPs into PEDOT:PSS films resulted in a significant increase of the electrical conductivity of the composites. The highest solar energy conversion efficiency was achieved for CEs comprising of GNPs with the highest conductivity (190 S/cm and n-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP treated PEDOT:PSS in a composite film. The performance of this cell (4.29% efficiency compares very favorably to a DSSC with a standard commercially available Pt and TCO based CE (4.72% efficiency in the same type of open DSSC and is a promising replacement material for the conventional Pt and TCO based CE in DSSCs.

  15. Metallization of cyanide-modified Pt(111) electrodes with copper

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    Escribano, Maria Escudero; Wildi, Christopher; Mwanda, Jonathan A.

    2016-01-01

    The reduction of Cu2+ ions irreversibly attached to the surface of a cyanide-modified Pt(111) electrode via non-covalent or weakly covalent interactions with the N atom of adsorbed cyanide was studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Both CV and STM...... provide evidence that the reduction of irreversibly adsorbed Cu2+ to Cu in Cu2+-free sulfuric acid solutions does not result in the stripping of the cyanide adlayer. This strongly suggests that the reduction process results in the metallization of the cyanide adlayer on Pt(111), yielding a platinum-cyanide...

  16. A dye sensitized solar cell using natural counter electrode and natural dye derived from mangosteen peel waste

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    Maiaugree, Wasan; Lowpa, Seksan; Towannang, Madsakorn; Rutphonsan, Phikun; Tangtrakarn, Apishok; Pimanpang, Samuk; Maiaugree, Prapen; Ratchapolthavisin, Nattawat; Sang-Aroon, Wichien; Jarernboon, Wirat; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2015-10-01

    Mangosteen peel is an inedible portion of a fruit. We are interested in using these residues as components of a dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Carbonized mangosteen peel was used with mangosteen peel dye as a natural counter electrode and a natural photosensitizer, respectively. A distinctive mesoporous honeycomb-like carbon structure with a rough nanoscale surface was found in carbonized mangosteen peels. The efficiency of a dye sensitized solar cell using carbonized mangosteen peel was compared to that of DSSCs with Pt and PEDOT-PSS counter electrodes. The highest solar conversion efficiency (2.63%) was obtained when using carbonized mangosteen peel and an organic disulfide/thiolate (T2/T-) electrolyte.

  17. Platinum-free binary Co-Ni alloy counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Xiaoxu; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Lin, Lin; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-09-26

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted growing interest because of their application in renewable energy technologies in developing modern low-carbon economies. However, the commercial application of DSSCs has been hindered by the high expenses of platinum (Pt) counter electrodes (CEs). Here we use Pt-free binary Co-Ni alloys synthesized by a mild hydrothermal strategy as CE materials in efficient DSSCs. As a result of the rapid charge transfer, good electrical conduction, and reasonable electrocatalysis, the power conversion efficiencies of Co-Ni-based DSSCs are higher than those of Pt-only CEs, and the fabrication expense is markedly reduced. The DSSCs based on a CoNi0.25 alloy CE displays an impressive power conversion efficiency of 8.39%, fast start-up, multiple start/stop cycling, and good stability under extended irradiation. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Counter electrode electrocatalysts from one-dimensional coaxial alloy nanowires for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Duan, Jialong; Tang, Qunwei; Zhang, Huihui; Meng, Yuanyuan; Yu, Liangmin; Yang, Peizhi

    2016-01-01

    Pursuit of cost-effective counter electrode (CE) electrocatalysts with no sacrifice of photovoltaic performances has been a persistent objective for advanced dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) platforms. Here we demonstrate the experimental realization of CE electrocatalysts from Cu@M@Pt (M = Fe, Co, Ni) coaxial alloy nanowires for efficient DSSCs. The reasonable electrocatalytic activity is attributed to work function matching of alloy CEs to potential of I- /I3- and redistribute the electronic structure on the Pt surface. In comparison with 8.48% for the Pt nanotube CE based DSSC, the solar cells yield power conversion efficiencies up to 8.21%, 7.85%, and 7.30% using Cu@Fe@Pt, Cu@Co@Pt, and Cu@Ni@Pt NWs, respectively. This work represents an important step forward, as it demonstrates how to make the CE catalyst active and to accelerate the electron transport from CE to electrolyte for high-efficiency but cost-effective DSSC platforms.

  19. A transparent nickel selenide counter electrode for high efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Dong, Jia; Wu, Jihuai; Jia, Jinbiao; Ge, Jinhua; Bao, Quanlin; Wang, Chaotao; Fan, Leqing

    2017-04-01

    Nickel selenide (Ni0.85Se) was synthesized by a facile one-step hydrothermal reaction and Ni0.85Se film was prepared by spin-coating Ni0.85Se ink on FTO and used as counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The Ni0.85Se CEs not only show high transmittance in visible range, but also possess remarkable electrocatalytic activity toward I-/I3-. The electrocatalytic ability of Ni0.85Se films was verified by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Tafel polarization curves. The DSSC using Ni0.85Se CE exhibits a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.96%, while the DSSC consisting of sputtered Pt CE only exhibits a PCE of 8.15%. When adding a mirror under Ni0.85Se CE, the resultant DSSC exhibits a PCE of 10.76%, which exceeds that of a DSSC based on sputtered Pt CE (8.44%) by 27.49%.

  20. A new type counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    JI WeiWei; CAI Ning; ZHAO Ying; ZHANG XiaoDan; SUN Jian; WEI ChangChun; YUAN CunDa; LI Yuan; SU Yan; XIONG ShaoZhen

    2009-01-01

    A new type counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) was proposed which consists of aubstrate, aluminum film and platinum film. The new type counter electrode can obviously improve the photoelectric conversion efficiency of DSCs from 3.46% to 7.07% under the standard AM1.5 irradiation condition. Advantages and shortcomings of this new type counter electrode in terms of electrical properties, optical properties and anti-corrosive properties were analyzed. As a result, some improvements were proposed.

  1. Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets as high-efficiency counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Guiqiang; Zhang, Juan; Hou, Shuo; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Zengdian

    2016-05-01

    Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets (ENGNPs) are prepared by a simple and eco-friendly mechanochemical pin-grinding process using flake graphite as the precursor in the presence of nitrogen and investigated as the counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). SEM images and nitrogen adsorption analysis indicate an effective and spontaneous delamination of the pristine graphite into small graphene nanoplatelets by a mechanochemical pin-grinding process. The mechanochemical cracking of the graphitic C-C bond generates activated carbon sites that react directly with nitrogen at the broken edges. The resultant ENGNPs are deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by spray coating, and their electrocatalytic activities are investigated systemically in the I-/I3- redox electrolyte. Electrochemical measurements show that the ENGNP electrode possesses excellent electrocatalytic activity for the redox reaction of I-/I3- as evidenced by the low charge-transfer resistance at the interface of the electrode and electrolyte. Under 100 mW cm-2 illumination, the DSC with the optimized ENGNP counter electrode achieves a conversion efficiency of 7.69%, which is comparable to that of the device with Pt counter electrode.Edge-nitrogenated graphene nanoplatelets (ENGNPs) are prepared by a simple and eco-friendly mechanochemical pin-grinding process using flake graphite as the precursor in the presence of nitrogen and investigated as the counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). SEM images and nitrogen adsorption analysis indicate an effective and spontaneous delamination of the pristine graphite into small graphene nanoplatelets by a mechanochemical pin-grinding process. The mechanochemical cracking of the graphitic C-C bond generates activated carbon sites that react directly with nitrogen at the broken edges. The resultant ENGNPs are deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by spray coating, and their electrocatalytic

  2. Enhancement of the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell with multi-wall carbon nanotubes/polythiophene composite counter electrodes prepared by electrodeposition

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    Luo, Jun; Niu, Hai-jun; Wu, Wen-jun; Wang, Cheng; Bai, Xu-duo; Wang, Wen

    2012-01-01

    For the purpose of increasing the energy conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polythiophene (PTh) composite film counter electrode has been fabricated by electrophoresis and cyclic voltammetry (CV) in sequence. The morphology and chemical structure have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and Raman spectroscopy respectively. The overall energy conversion efficiency of the DSSC employing the MWCNT/PTh composite film has reached 4.72%, which is close to that of the DSSC with a platinum (Pt) counter electrode (5.68%). Compared with a standard DSSC with MWCNT counter electrode whose efficiency is 2.68%, the energy conversion efficiency has been increased by 76.12% for the DSSC with MWCNT/PTh counter electrode. These results indicate that the composite film with high conductivity, high active surface area, and good catalytic properties for I 3- reduction can potentially be used as the counter electrode in a high-performance DSSC.

  3. Sub-micrometer-sized graphite as a conducting and catalytic counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Veerappan, Ganapathy; Bojan, Karunagaran; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2011-03-01

    Sub-micrometer-sized colloidal graphite (CG) was tested as a conducting electrode to replace transparent conducting oxide (TCO) electrodes and as a catalytic material to replace platinum (Pt) for I(3)(-) reduction in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). CG paste was used to make a film via the doctor-blade process. The 9 μm thick CG film showed a lower resistivity (7 Ω/◻) than the widely used fluorine-doped tin oxide TCO (8-15 Ω/◻). The catalytic activity of this graphite film was measured and compared with the corresponding properties of Pt. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies clearly showed a decrease in the charge transfer resistance with the increase in the thickness of the graphite layer from 3 to 9 μm. Under 1 sun illumination (100 mW cm(-2), AM 1.5), DSSCs with submicrometer-sized graphite as a catalyst on fluorine-doped tin oxide TCO showed an energy conversion efficiency greater than 6.0%, comparable to the conversion efficiency of Pt. DSSCs with a graphite counter electrode (CE) on TCO-free bare glass showed an energy conversion efficiency greater than 5.0%, which demonstrated that the graphite layer could be used both as a conducting layer and as a catalytic layer.

  4. Electrooxidation of Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate (LAS) on Pt Electrodes

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    The electrochemical behaviour of linear alklybenzene sulfonate (LAS) on Pt electrodes was investigated in 0.05M Na2SO4 and in 0.1M NaCl at pH=8 by the potentiokinetic method and by electrolysis. The anodic and cathodic semilogarithmic current-potential curves were obtained between -1.6V - +1.6V. The experimental discharge potentials were determined by means of current-potential-curves obtained by electrolysis between 0-3V. The percentages of surface active material remaining in the so...

  5. Highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cell with GNS/MWCNT/PANI as a counter electrode

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    Al-bahrani, Majid Raissan [Center for Nanoscale Characterization and Devices (CNCD), Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO)-School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China); Faculty of Science, Thi-Qar University, Nassiriya (Iraq); Xu, Xiaobao [Michael Grätzel Center for Mesoscopic Solar Cells, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, 430074 Wuhan (China); Ahmad, Waqar; Ren, Xiaoliang; Su, Jun [Center for Nanoscale Characterization and Devices (CNCD), Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO)-School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China); Cheng, Ze [School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China); Gao, Yihua, E-mail: gaoyihua@hust.edu.cn [Center for Nanoscale Characterization and Devices (CNCD), Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO)-School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China)

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    Highlights: • High-performance PANI/MWCNT-CE was incorporated in a Pt-CE in DSSCs. • GNS/MWCNT/PANI-CE exhibits a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.52%. • GNS/MWCNT/PANI composite has a high catalytic activity for the reduction of I{sub 3}{sup −}. • GNS/MWCNT/PANI composite has a low R{sub CT} on the electrolyte/CE interface. - Abstract: A graphene-based nanosheet composite/multiwalled carbon nanotube/polyaniline (GNS/MWCNT/PANI) was synthesized via an in situ polymerization technique and applied by the spin-coating method as a counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The combination of the high catalytic activity of PANI and outstanding conductivity of GNS/MWCNT improved the photovoltaic performance of the hybrid CE. The cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that the GNS/MWCNT/PANI composite has high catalytic activity for the reduction of triiodide to iodide and low charge-transfer resistance at the electrolyte/electrode interface. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed that the GNS/MWCNT/PANI-CE has a rough and porous structure and X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of PANI coating on the surface of the GNS/CNT. In particular, current–voltage measurements showed the superior power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.52% of the DSSC based on GNS/MWCNT/PANI-CE compared to the PCE of 6.69% of the DSSC based on Pt-CE.

  6. Pressure gap and electrode artefacts in the electrochemically induced oxygen spillover on Pt/YSZ electrodes

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    Toghan, Arafat; Roesken, Liz; Imbihl, Ronald [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie, Leibniz-Universitaet Hannover, Callinstr. 3 - 3a, D-30167 Hannover (Germany); Haevecker, Michael; Knop-Gericke, Axel [Fritz-Haber-Institut, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, D-14195 Berlin (Germany)

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    Mechanistically, the electrochemical promotion of catalytic reactions (EPOC) on Pt/YSZ (yttrium stabilized zirconia) catalysts has been shown to be due to the spillover of oxygen from the solid electrolyte onto the Pt surface. This spillover has been studied on Pt/YSZ catalysts with photoemission electron microscope (PEEM) and with a differentially pumped x-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) allowing to conduct in situ studies up to 1 mbar. PEEM revealed that upon electrochemical pumping not only the expected darkening of the Pt electrodes can be observed which is due to spillover oxygen but that also bright spots develop. These bright spots were attributed to metallic zirconium formed as electrically disconnected parts of the Pt electrode assume a negative potential thus causing a local reduction of zirconia. With XPS the main goal was to study whether a second special spillover species develops upon electrochemical pumping at high pressure which is different from chemisorbed oxygen. This special spillover species has been postulated by Vayenas et al. and was supposedly responsible for the non-Faradaic nature of EPOC. Up to now even at p=0.2 mbar only chemisorbed oxygen was detected.

  7. Carbon Nanotubes Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Application

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the carbon nanotubes counter electrode deposited on the FTO glass substrates on the structure and optoelectrical properties of dye-sensitized solar cells counter electrode (CE was analysed. Carbon materials have been applied in DSSC s in order to produce low-cost solar cells with reasonable efficiency. Platinum is a preferred material for the counter electrode because of its high conductivity and catalytic activity. However, the costs of manufacturing of the platinum counter electrode limit its use to large-scale applications in solar cells. This paper presents the results of examining the structure and properties of the studied layers, defining optical properties of conductive layers and electrical properties of dye-sensitized solar cells manufactured with the use of carbon nanotubes.

  8. Electrocatalytic activity of porous nanostructured Fe/Pt-Fe electrode for methanol electrooxidation in alkaline media

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    Javad Hosseini; Mehdi Abdolmaleki; Hamid Reza Pouretedal; Mohammad Hossein Keshavarz

    2015-01-01

    An electrochemical approach to fabricate a nanostructured Fe/Pt-Fe catalyst through electrodepo-sition followed by galvanic replacement is presented. An Fe/Pt-Fe nanostructured electrode was prepared by deposition of Fe-Zn onto a Fe electrode surface, followed by replacement of the Zn by Pt at open-circuit potential in a Pt-containing alkaline solution. Scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray techniques reveal that the Fe/Pt-Fe electrode is porous and contains Pt. The electrocatalytic activity of the Fe/Pt-Fe electrode for oxidation of methanol was examined by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The electrooxidation current on the Fe/Pt-Fe catalyst is much higher than that on flat Pt and smooth Fe catalysts. The onset potential and peak potential on the Fe/Pt-Fe catalyst are more negative than those on flat Pt and smooth Fe electrodes for methanol electrooxidation. All results show that this nanostructured Fe/Pt-Fe electrode is very attractive for integrated fuel cell applications in alkaline media.

  9. NiO-NF/MWCNT nanocomposite catalyst as a counter electrode for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Raissan Al-bahrani, Majid [Center for Nanoscale Characterization & Devices (CNCD), Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO)-School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China); Faculty of Science, Thi-Qar University, Nassiriya (Iraq); Liu, Linfeng [Michael Grätzel Center for Mesoscopic Solar Cells, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Ahmad, Waqar; Tao, Jiayou; Tu, Fanfan [Center for Nanoscale Characterization & Devices (CNCD), Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO)-School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China); Cheng, Ze [School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China); Gao, Yihua, E-mail: gaoyihua@hust.edu.cn [Center for Nanoscale Characterization & Devices (CNCD), Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO)-School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Luoyu Road 1037, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • High-performance NiO-NF/MWCNT CE was incorporated in a Pt-CE in DSSCs. • NiO-NF/MWCNT CE exhibits a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.63%. • NiO-NF/MWCNT composite has a high catalytic activity for the reduction of I{sub 3}{sup −}. • NiO-NF/MWCNT composite has a low R{sub ct} on the electrolyte/CE interface. - Abstract: In this paper, we fabricated nickel oxide nanofilament/multiwall carbon nanotubes (NiO-NF/MWCNT) nanocomposite by a simple hydrothermal synthesis method as a counter- electrode (CE) in a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy images and X-ray diffraction analysis clearly indicated the formation of NiO-NF/MWCNT nanocomposite. The electro-chemical properties of NiO-NF/MWCNT CE are studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In particular, current-voltage measurements indicated superior power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.63% of the NiO-NF/MWCNT CE compared to 6.72% for the platinum (Pt). The superior photovoltaic performance and low cost of the NiO-NF/MWCNT nanocomposite can be potentially exploited as a new counter-electrode in DSSCs.

  10. Ordered mesoporous tungsten suboxide counter electrode for highly efficient iodine-free electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Jeong, Inyoung; Jo, Changshin; Anthonysamy, Arockiam; Kim, Jung-Min; Kang, Eunae; Hwang, Jongkook; Ramasamy, Easwaramoorthi; Rhee, Shi-Woo; Kim, Jin Kon; Ha, Kyoung-Su; Jun, Ki-Won; Lee, Jinwoo

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    A disulfide/thiolate (T(2)/T(-)) redox-couple electrolyte, which is a promising iodine-free electrolyte owing to its transparent and noncorrosive properties, requires alternative counter-electrode materials because conventional Pt shows poor catalytic activity in such an electrolyte. Herein, ordered mesoporous tungsten suboxide (m-WO(3-x)), synthesized by using KIT-6 silica as a hard template followed by a partial reduction, is used as a catalyst for a counter electrode in T(2)/T(-)-electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The mesoporous tungsten suboxide, which possesses interconnected pores of 4 and 20 nm, provides a large surface area and efficient electrolyte penetration into the m-WO(3-x) pores. In addition to the advantages conferred by the mesoporous structure, partial reduction of tungsten oxide creates oxygen vacancies that can function as active catalytic sites, which causes a high electrical conductivity because of intervalence charge transfer between the W(5+) and W(6+) ions. m-WO(3-x) shows a superior photovoltaic performance (79 % improvement in the power conversion efficiency) over Pt in the T(2)/T(-) electrolyte. The superior catalytic activity of m-WO(3-x) is investigated by using cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and Tafel polarization curve analysis.

  11. 1D-2D carbon heterostructure with low Pt loading as a superior cathode electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Nechiyil, Divya; Ramaprabhu, S.

    2017-02-01

    Cost-effective counter electrode (CE) with high electrocatalytic performance is very much essential for the wide application of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The 1D-2D carbon heterostructure (Pt/GR@CNT) with low platinum (Pt) loading has been synthesized by a facile in situ microwave-assisted polyol-reduction method. The excellent electrocatalytic activity as well as photovoltaic performance was achieved due to the combination of 2D graphene nanoribbons (GR) and 1D multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) with high catalytically active Pt nanoparticles. Microwave-assisted longitudinal unzipping of few outer layers of CNTs along with co-reduction of Pt nanoparticles is an effective method to create electrochemically active defective edge sites, which have a crucial role in enhancing electrochemical performance. Synergistic effect of ultra-fine Pt nanoparticles, partially unzipped graphene nanoribbons and inner core tubes of CNTs modulates the power conversion efficiency of solar cell to 5.57% ± 0.03 as compared with 4.73% ± 0.13 of CNTs. Pt/GR@CNT CE even with low Pt loading of 14 μg cm-2 showcases equivalent performance with that of pure Pt counter electrode.

  12. Highly efficient Mo2C nanotubes as a counter electrode catalyst for organic redox shuttles in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wu, Mingxing; Lin, Ya-nan; Guo, Hongyue; Wu, Kezhong; Lin, Xiao

    2014-07-21

    Molybdenum carbide nanotubes (Mo2C-NTs) were synthesized and showed remarkable catalytic activity for regeneration of an organic sulfide redox shuttle. The dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) using Mo2C-NTs as the counter electrode (CE) showed a high power conversion efficiency of 6.22%, which is much higher than the DSCs using a conventional Pt CE (3.91%).

  13. Porous, single crystalline titanium nitride nanoplates grown on carbon fibers: excellent counter electrodes for low-cost, high performance, fiber-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Liang; Dai, Hui; Zhou, Yong; Hu, Yingjie; Yu, Tao; Liu, Jianguo; Zou, Zhigang

    2014-11-28

    An excellent, platinum free fiber counter electrode (CE) was successfully fabricated, consisting of porous, single crystalline titanium nitride (TiN) nanoplates grown on carbon fibers (CF). The fiber-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells (FDSSCs) based on the TiN-CF CE show a high conversion efficiency of 7.20%, comparable or even superior to that of the Pt wire (6.23%).

  14. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells by the strategy of introducing copper(II) silicotungstate into photoanode and counter electrode

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    Jiang, Yanxia; Yang, Yulin; Qiang, Liangsheng; Ye, Tengling; Li, Liang; Su, Ting; Fan, Ruiqing

    2016-09-01

    The device of polyoxometalate (POM) modified photoelectrodes is designed and successfully constructed. K6SiW11O39Cu(H2O)·xH2O (SiW11Cu) has been synthesized and explored as an efficient photoanode and counter electrode material to develop dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with enhanced performance. The SiW11Cu modified TiO2 (SiW11Cu/TiO2) powders is mixed with commercial P25 in a ratio of 1:9 as a photoanode. The modified TiO2 is used as an efficient material by improving the electronic injection ability and reducing the pohotogenerated charge recombination. The counter electrode is consisted of one layer SiW11Cu and two layers conventional Pt nanoparticles, denoted as (Cu/Pt). The DSSC based on SiW11Cu modified photoelectrodes has an improved power conversion efficiency of 7.62%, which is 16% higher than that of traditional DSSC based on P25-Pt. Under standard AM 1.5G, Jsc reaches 17.91 mA cm-2, which results in a much better power conversion efficiency. This can be attributed to the good catalytic activity of the new counter electrode. This result is analyzed by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), Tafel-polarization curves, the incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and UV-vis spectra techniques.

  15. Low-temperature self-assembled vertically aligned carbon nanofibers as counter-electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Mahpeykar, S. M.; Tabatabaei, M. K.; Ghafoori-fard, H.; Habibiyan, H.; Koohsorkhi, J.

    2013-11-01

    Low-temperature AC-DC PECVD is employed for direct growth of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) on ordinary transparent conductive glass as counter-electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on utilization of VACNFs grown directly on ordinary FTO-coated glass as a cost-effective catalyst material in DSSCs. According to the FESEM images, the as-grown arrays are well aligned and dense, and offer uniform coverage on the surface of the substrate. In-plane and out-of-plane conductivity measurements reveal their good electrical conductivity, and Raman spectroscopy suggests a high number of electrocatalytic active sites, favoring charge transport at the electrolyte/electrode interface. Hybrid VACNF/Pt electrodes are also fabricated for performance comparison with Pt and VACNF electrodes. X-ray diffraction results verify the crystallization of Pt in hybrid electrodes and further confirm the vertical alignment of carbon nanofibers. Electrochemical characterization indicates that VACNFs provide both high catalytic and good charge transfer capability, which can be attributed to their high surface area, defect-rich and one-dimensional structure, vertical alignment and low contact resistance. As a result, VACNF cells can achieve a comparable performance (˜5.6%) to that of the reference Pt cells (˜6.5%). Moreover, by combination of the excellent charge transport and catalytic ability of VACNFs and the high conductivity of Pt nanoparticles, hybrid VACNF/Pt cells can deliver a performance superior to that of the Pt cells (˜7.2%), despite having a much smaller amount of Pt loading, which raises hopes for low-cost large-scale production of DSSCs in the future.

  16. A low-cost bio-inspired integrated carbon counter electrode for high conversion efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wang, Chunlei; Meng, Fanning; Wu, Mingxing; Lin, Xiao; Wang, Tonghua; Qiu, Jieshan; Ma, Tingli

    2013-09-14

    A novel bio-inspired Pt- and FTO-free integrated pure carbon counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been designed and fabricated using a porous carbon sheet as a conducting substrate and ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) as the catalytic layer. A rigid, crustose lichen-like, integrated carbon-carbon composite architecture with a catalytic layer rooted in a porous conducting substrate was formed by a process of polymer precursor spin coating, infiltration and pyrolysis. The integrated pure carbon CE shows very low series resistance (R(s)), owing to the high conductivity of the carbon sheet (sheet resistance of 488 mΩ □(-1)) and low charge-transfer resistance (R(ct)), due to the large specific surface area of the OMC layer that is accessible to the redox couple. The values of R(s) and R(ct) are much lower than those of a platinized fluorine-doped thin oxide glass (Pt/FTO) electrode. Cells with this CE show high solar-to-electricity conversion efficiencies (8.11%), comparable to that of Pt/FTO based devices (8.16%).

  17. Mesoporous NiCo2O4 networks with enhanced performance as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Chenle; Deng, Libo; Zhang, Peixin; Ren, Xiangzhong; Li, Yongliang; He, Tingshu

    2017-03-27

    The performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is strongly influenced by the catalytic performance of its counter electrode (CE) materials. Platinum (Pt) is conventionally used as the CE for DSSCs, but it is precious and is readily corroded by the iodide/triiodide electrolyte. Herein, mesoporous NiCo2O4 networks with different types of building blocks were prepared by electrospinning of a composite solution followed by annealing in air, and their performances as CEs in DSSCs were investigated. The honeycomb-like NiCo2O4 exhibited better performance than the nanotube ones, showing a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 7.09% which is higher than that of a standard Pt CE (7.05%) under the same conditions. The enhanced electrode performance was attributed to the relatively larger surface area and higher conductivity. The preparation methods demonstrated in this study are scalable and would pave the way for practical applications of Pt-free DSSCs.

  18. An Efficient Metal-Free Hydrophilic Carbon as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Full Text Available This study presents a new cost-effective metal-free counter electrode (CE for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. CE was prepared by doctor blading a hydrophilic carbon (HC particle on a fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate. Thereafter, HC CE was characterized using X-ray diffraction, profilometry, four-point probe testing, and cyclic voltammetry. A 2 µm thick HC CE revealed a comparable catalytic activity to that of the Pt electrode under the same experimental conditions. DSSC based on HC CE was analyzed and showed Jsc of 6.87 mA/cm2 close to that of DSSC with Pt CE (7.0 mA/cm2. More importantly, DSSC based on HC CE yielded a power conversion efficiency (η of 2.93% under AM 1.5 irradiation (100 mW/cm2, which was comparable to that of DSSC based on standard Pt CE. These findings suggest that HC CE could be a promising CE for low-cost DSSCs.

  19. Counter electrodes from polymorphic platinum-nickel hollow alloys for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Jing; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Yang, Peizhi

    2016-10-01

    Precious platinum counter electrode (CE) has been an economic burden for future commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Low-platinum alloy CE catalysts are promising in bringing down the solar cell cost without reducing photovoltaic performances. We present here a facile strategy of fabricating ZnO nanorods assisted platinum-nickel (PtNi) alloy microtube CEs for liquid-junction DSSCs. By adjusting the concentration of zinc precursors, the ZnO nanostructures and therefore PtNi alloys are optimized to maximize the electrocatalytic behaviors toward triiodide reduction reaction. The maximal power conversion efficiency is determined as high as 8.43% for liquid-junction DSSC device with alloyed PtNi microtube CE synthesized at 75 mM Zn(NO3)2 aqueous solution, yielding a 32.8% enhancement in cell efficiency in comparison with the solar cell from pristine platinum electrode. Moreover, the dissolution resistance and charge-transfer ability toward redox couples have also been markedly enhanced due to competitive dissolution reactions and alloyed effects.

  20. One-Step Electrochemical Polymerization of Polyaniline Flexible Counter Electrode Doped by Graphene

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available To improve the photoelectric property of polyaniline (PANI counter electrode using for flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC, graphene (GN was doped in PANI films covered on flexible conducting substrate by one-step electrochemical method, and then GN/PANI composites are characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, four probe instrument, and so on. The results show that PANI particles can be electrodeposited on the surface of GN sheets as the potential rising to 2.0 V. This formed unique PANI-GN-PANI lamellar structure owing to the strong interaction of conjugated π electron between GN and PANI results in the superior conductivity and catalytic performance of GN/PANI electrode. The maximum conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell with this counter electrode reaches 4.31%, which is much higher than that of GN-free PANI counter electrode.

  1. Pulsed voltage deposited lead selenide thin film as efficient counter electrode for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Jin, Bin Bin [Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Science of Shaanxi Province & School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China); Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Industry, Shaanxi Institute of Technology, Xi’an 710300 (China); Wang, Ye Feng [Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Science of Shaanxi Province & School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China); Wang, Xue Qing [Faculty of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zeng, Jing Hui, E-mail: jhzeng@ustc.edu [Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Science of Shaanxi Province & School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China)

    2016-04-30

    Highlights: • PbSe thin film is deposited on FTO glass by a pulse voltage electrodeposition method. • The thin film is used as counter electrode (CE) in quantum dot-sensitized solar cell. • Superior electrocatalytic activity and stability in the polysulfide electrolyte is received. • The narrow band gap characteristics and p-type conductivity enhances the cell efficiency. • An efficiency of 4.67% is received for the CdS/CdSe co-sensitized solar cells. - Abstract: Lead selenide (PbSe) thin films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass by a facile one-step pulse voltage electrodeposition method, and used as counter electrode (CE) in CdS/CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). A power conversion efficiency of 4.67% is received for the CdS/CdSe co-sensitized solar cells, which is much better than that of 2.39% received using Pt CEs. The enhanced performance is attributed to the extended absorption in the near infrared region, superior electrocatalytic activity and p-type conductivity with a reflection of the incident light at the back electrode in addition. The physical and chemical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), reflectance spectra, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization measurements. The present work provides a facile pathway to an efficient CE in the QDSSCs.

  2. A Graphene Composite Material with Single Cobalt Active Sites: A Highly Efficient Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Cui, Xiaoju; Xiao, Jianping; Wu, Yihui; Du, Peipei; Si, Rui; Yang, Huaixin; Tian, Huanfang; Li, Jianqi; Zhang, Wen-Hua; Deng, Dehui; Bao, Xinhe

    2016-06-01

    The design of catalysts that are both highly active and stable is always challenging. Herein, we report that the incorporation of single metal active sites attached to the nitrogen atoms in the basal plane of graphene leads to composite materials with superior activity and stability when used as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A series of composite materials based on different metals (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) were synthesized and characterized. Electrochemical measurements revealed that CoN4 /GN is a highly active and stable counter electrode for the interconversion of the redox couple I(-) /I3 (-) . DFT calculations revealed that the superior properties of CoN4 /GN are due to the appropriate adsorption energy of iodine on the confined Co sites, leading to a good balance between adsorption and desorption processes. Its superior electrochemical performance was further confirmed by fabricating DSSCs with CoN4  /GN electrodes, which displayed a better power conversion efficiency than the Pt counterpart.

  3. Quantum dot-sensitized solar cells having 3D-TiO2 flower-like structures on the surface of titania nanorods with CuS counter electrode

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    Buatong, Nattha; Tang, I.-Ming; Pon-On, Weeraphat

    2015-03-01

    The photovoltaic performance of a quantum dot (QD)-sensitized solar cell consisting of CdS/CdSe/ZnS QDs loaded onto the surface of the three-dimensional (3D) flower-like TiO2 structure grown on an array (1D) of TiO2 nanorods (FTiR) is studied. The flower-like structure on the rod-shaped titania was synthesized using a double-step hydrothermal process. The FTiR array exhibited a 3D/1D composite structure with a specific surface area of 81.87 m2/g. Using CuS as the counter electrode instead of Pt offers the best performance and leads to an increase in the conversion efficiency ( η). The efficiency of the CdS/CdSe/ZnS QD-loaded FTiR assembling CuS counter electrode cell improved from η = 2.715% ( Voc = 0.692 V, Jsc = 5.896 mA/cm2, FF = 0.665) to η = 0.703% ( Voc = 0.665 V, Jsc = 2.108 mA/cm2, FF = 0.501) for the QD-loaded FTiR assembling Pt counter electrode cell. These studies reveal a synergistically beneficial effect on the solar-to-current conversion of these QD-sensitized solar cells when a CuS counter electrode is used instead of the usual Pt counter electrode.

  4. Atmospheric Environment Fabrication of Composite Films by Ethanol Catalytic Combustion and Its Use as Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Soar Cells

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    Xiaoping Zou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The composite films which consist of amorphous carbon, carbon nanotube, and iron nanoparticles were prepared by ethanol catalytic combustion in atmospheric environment. The as-prepared composite films have good electrocatalytic activity and high conductivity which is due to their particular structure. The efficiency of the composite films based dye-sensitized soar cells (DSSCs is closed to that of the Pt based one. Most importantly, the DSSC employing the composite films presents a higher FF than those of Pt based solar cell. In addition, it is a simple method for mass production of composite films counter electrode (CE which is expected to reduce the cost of fabricating DSSCs.

  5. Dual functional reduced graphene oxide as photoanode and counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells and its exceptional efficiency enhancement

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    Jumeri, F. A.; Lim, H. N.; Zainal, Z.; Huang, N. M.; Pandikumar, A.; Lim, S. P.

    2015-10-01

    The dual functionalities of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as photoanode and counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is explored. A titanium dioxide (TiO2) film is deposited on an indium tin oxide (ITO) glass using an in-house aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition method. Graphene oxide (GO) is then introduced onto the TiO2-ITO substrate, and the GO layer is successively thermally treated to rGO. The TiO2-rGO film is used as a compact layer for the photoanode of the DSSC. A layer of zinc oxide-silver (ZnO-Ag) is introduced on top of the compact layer as an active material. Its highly porous flower-shaped morphology is advantageous for the adsorption of dye. The in-situ electrochemical polymerization method used for the fabrication of polypyrrole incorporated with rGO and p-toluenesulfonate (pTS) (Ppy-rGO-pTS) on an ITO glass is used as a counter electrode for the DSSC. The DSSC assembled with the Ppy-rGO-1.0pTS counter electrode exhibites an enhanced conversion efficiency of 1.99% under solar illumination, which is better than that using conventional Pt as a counter electrode (0.08%). This is attributed to the increased contact area between the Ppy-rGO-pTS counter electrode and electrolyte, which subsequently improves the conductivity and high electrocatalytic activities of the Ppy-rGO-pTS counter electrode.

  6. In situ construction of Ir@Pt/C nanoparticles in the cathode layer of membrane electrode assemblies with ultra-low Pt loading and high Pt exposure

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    Dang, Dai; Zhang, Lei; Zeng, Xiaoyuan; Tian, Xinlong; Qu, Chong; Nan, Haoxiong; Shu, Ting; Hou, Sanying; Yang, Lijun; Zeng, Jianhuang; Liao, Shijun

    2017-07-01

    A novel membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) with ultra-low Pt loadings and high Pt exposure in the cathode layer is prepared by spraying Ir/C catalyst ink on the membrane surface to form a substrate layer, followed by in situ pulse electrochemical deposition of a Pt shell layer on the Ir core nanoparticles in the substrate layer. It makes the Pt loadings on cathode lower to 0.044 mg/cm2. In our system, the MEA with our novel cathode exhibits excellent performance in a H2/air single fuel cell, which is comparable to that of the MEA prepared with commercial Pt/C catalyst (Johnson Matthey 40% Pt) with Pt loadings of 0.1 mg/cm2. The electrode with core-shell structured catalysts is characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, EDS line-scan, and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Based on the characterization results, it is found that the Pt is highly dispersed on the Ir NPs, and the electronic feature of Pt at shell layer can be tuned by the Ir core particle. Furthermore, the DFT calculation results also reveal the interaction between Pt at shell layer and Ir core. This work may provide a novel pathway to realize low Pt and high Pt utilization in low temperature fuel cells.

  7. A complete carbon counter electrode for high performance quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cell

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    Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Peerzada, Mazhar Hussain; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2017-03-01

    The proposed research describes the design and fabrication of a quasi-solid state dye sensitized solar cells (Q-DSSCs) with a complete carbon based counter electrode (CC-CE) and gel infused membrane electrolyte. For CE, the platinized fluorinated tin oxide glass (Pt/FTO) was replaced by the soft cationic functioned multiwall carbon nanotubes (SCF-MWCNT) catalytic layer coated on woven carbon fiber fabric (CFF) prepared on handloom by interlacing of carbon filament tapes. SCF-MWCNT were synthesized by functionalization of cationised lipase from Candida Ragusa. Cationised enzyme solution was prepared at pH ∼3 by using acetic acid. The cationic enzyme functionalization of MWCNT causes the minimum damage to the tubular morphology and assist in fast anchoring of negative iodide ions present in membrane electrolyte. The high electrocatalytic activity and low charge transfer resistance (RCT = 2.12 Ω) of our proposed system of CC-CE shows that the woven CFF coated with cationised lipase treated carbon nanotubes enriched with positive surface ions. The Q-DSSCs fabricated with CC-CE and 5 wt% PEO gel infused PVDF-HFP membrane electrolyte exhibit power conversion efficiency of 8.90% under masking. Our suggested low cost and highly efficient system of CC-CE helps the proposed quasi-solid state DSSCs structure to stand out as sustainable next generation solar cells.

  8. Combining voltammetry and ion chromatography: application to the selective reduction of nitrate on Pt and PtSn electrodes.

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    Yang, Jian; Kwon, Youngkook; Duca, Matteo; Koper, Marc T M

    2013-08-20

    To overcome the shortcomings of electroanalytical methods in analyzing the ionic reaction products that are either electrochemically inert or lack distinct electrochemical/spectroscopic fingerprints, we suggest combining voltammetry with ion chromatography by applying online sample collection to the electrochemical cell and offline ion chromatographic analysis. This combination allows a quantitative analysis including the potential dependence of the product distribution in a straightforward way. As a proof-of-concept example, we discuss the formation of ionic reaction products from nitrate reduction on Pt and Sn-modified Pt electrode in acid. On the Pt electrode, ammonia was the only identifiable product. After Sn modification of the Pt electrode, a change in selectivity was observed to hydroxylamine as the dominant product. Moreover, the rate determining step of nitrate reduction (reduction to nitrite) was enhanced by Sn modification of the Pt electrode, and a significant concentration of nitrite was evidenced on a Pt electrode with a high coverage of Sn species. The suggested combination of voltammetry and online ion chromatography hence proves very useful in the quantitative elucidation of electrocatalytic reactions with different ionic products.

  9. Electrochemical oxidation of methanol on Pt nanoparticles composited MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrode

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    Zhao, Guang-Yu; Li, Hu-Lin

    2008-03-01

    By use of the membrane-template synthesis route, MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrodes are successfully synthesized by means of the anodic deposition technique. The Pt nanoparticles composited MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrodes (PME) are obtained through depositing Pt on MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrode by cathode deposition technique. For comparison of electrochemical performance, Pt nanowire arrayed electrodes which have the same amount of Pt with PME are also prepared. The electro-oxidation of methanol on PME and Pt nanowire arrayed electrodes is investigated at room temperature by cyclic voltammetry, which show that about 110 mV decreased overpotential and 2.1-fold enhanced votammetric current are achieved on PME. The chronoamperometry result demonstrates that the resistance to carbon monoxide for PME is improved.

  10. Electrochromic Performance of Nanocomposite Nickel Oxide Counter Electrodes Containing Lithium and Zirconium

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    Engtrakul, Chaiwat [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Lin, Feng [Formerly NREL; Colorado School of Mines; Montano, Manuel [Colorado School of Mines; Tian, Chixia [Colorado School of Mines; Ji, Yazhou [Colorado School of Mines; Nordlund, Dennis [SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Weng, Tsu-Chien [SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Moore, Rob G. [SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Gillaspie, Dane T. [Formerly NREL; Jones, Kim M. [Formerly NREL; Dillon, Anne C. [Formerly NREL; Richards, Ryan M. [Colorado School of Mines

    2013-12-02

    Nickel oxide materials are suitable for counter electrodes in complementary electrochromic devices. The state-of-the-art nickel oxide counter electrode materials are typically prepared with multiple additives to enhance peformance. Herein, nanocomposite nickel oxide counter electrodes were fabricated via RF magnetron co-sputtering from Ni-Zr alloy and Li2O ceramic targets. The as-deposited nanocomposite counter electrodes were characterized with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). It was found that the stoichiometry, crystal structure and electronic structure of the nickel oxide-based materials could be readily tuned by varying the Li2O sputter deposition power level. Comprehensive electrochromic evaluation demonstrated that the performance of the nickel oxide-based materials was dependent on the overall Li stoichiometry. Overall, the nanocomposite nickel oxide counter electrode containing lithium and zirconium synthesized with a Li2O deposition power of 45 W exhibited the optimal performance with an optical modulation of 71% and coloration efficiency of 30 cm2/C at 670 nm in Li-ion electrolyte.

  11. Ultra low Pt-loading electrode prepared by displacement of electrodeposited Cu particles on a porous carbon electrode

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    Liao, M.J. [The State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment and System Security and New Technology, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Wei, Z.D.; Li, L. [The State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment and System Security and New Technology, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Chen, S.G.; Ji, M.B.; Wang, Y.Q. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2010-08-15

    Ultra low Pt-loading and high Pt utilization electrodes were prepared by displacement of electrodeposited Cu on a porous carbon electrode. Copper particles were electrodeposited on a porous carbon electrode (PCE) by four-step deposition (FSD) at first. The size and dispersion of deposited Cu particles were markedly improved with application of the FSD. The Cu deposits were then displaced by platinum as dipping a Cu/PCE in a platinum salt solution. Sequentially, Pt particles supported on the PCE were obtained. The Pt/PCE electrode prepared via the FSD of Cu overcomes the problem of the hydrogen evolution reaction accompanied with direct platinum electrochemical deposition, and has a high Pt dispersion. The single cell consisting of the electrodes Pt/PCE via the FSD of Cu outputs a power of 0.45 W cm{sup -2} with ultra low Pt loadings of 0.196 mg cm{sup -2} MEA (0.098 mg cm{sup -2} per each side of the MEA) at no backpressure of reactant gases. (author)

  12. Composite films of carbon black nanoparticles and sulfonated-polythiophene as flexible counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Chun-Ting; Lee, Chi-Ta; Li, Sie-Rong; Lee, Chuan-Pei; Chiu, I.-Ting; Vittal, R.; Wu, Nae-Lih; Sun, Shih-Sheng; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2016-01-01

    A composite film based on carbon black nanoparticles and sulfonated-poly(thiophene-3-[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy]-2,5-diyl) (CB-NPs/s-PT) is formed on a flexible titanium foil for the use as the electro-catalytic counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The CB-NPs provide the large amount of electro-catalytic active sites for the composite film, and the s-PT polymer serves as a conductive binder to enhance the inter-particle linkage among CB-NPs and to improve the adhesion between the composite film and the flexible substrate. The flexible CB-NPs/s-PT composite film is designed to possess good electro-catalytic ability for I-/I3- redox couple by providing large active sites and rapid reduction kinetic rate constant of I3- . The cell with a CB-NPs/s-PT CE exhibits a good cell efficiency (η) of 9.02 ± 0.01% at 100 mW cm-2, while the cell with a platinum CE shows an η of only 8.36 ± 0.02% under the same conditions. At weak light illuminations (20-80 mW cm-2), a DSSC with CB-NPs/s-PT CE still exhibits η's of 7.20 ± 0.04-9.08 ± 0.02%. The low-cost CB-NPs/s-PT CE not only renders high cell efficiency to its DSSC but also shows a great potential to replace the expensive platinum; moreover it is suitable for large-scale production or for indoor applications.

  13. Lanthanide doped ceria thin films as possible counter electrode materials in electrochromic devices

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    Hartridge, A

    2000-01-01

    suitability of these thin films as counter electrodes in electrochromic devices. The final chapter then turns to the electrochemical insertion of lithium into these materials using cyclic voltammetry. All films studied enabled the reversible insertion of lithium with varying potentials and charge capacities without the loss of transmission of light common to other potential counter electrode materials. Certain compositions however, comprising ceria doped with Dy, Y, Nd and Pr, allowed enough lithium insertion (charge capacity) to fulfil the requirements of counter electrode materials in electrochromic devices. These materials are therefore worthy of further study. Crystalline solid solutions of lanthanide doped ceria have long been known for their high ionic conductivity and as such have found applications as oxygen sensors and in solid oxide fuel cells. With advances in preparative techniques over the years, thin films of ceria doped with zirconia and titania have been studied and found to possess the necess...

  14. Shape resonances and EXAFS scattering in the $Pt L_{2,3}$ XANES from a Pt electrode

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    1999-01-01

    Atomic hydrogen and oxygen adsorption on a platinum electrode in H /sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and HClO/sub 4/ electrolytes were studied by Pt L /sub 23/ XANES. The Pt electrode was formed of highly dispersed 1.5-3.0 nm particles supported on $9 carbon. A difference procedure utilizing the L/sub 2/ and L/sub 3/ spectra at various applied voltages was used to isolate the electronic and geometric effects in the XANES spectra. At 0.54 V (relative to RHE) the Pt electrode in $9 HClO/sub 4/ is assumed to be "clean". By taking the difference between the spectra at 0.0 and 0.54 V, the Pt-H antibonding state (electronic effect) is isolated and found to have a Fano-resonance line shape. In addition, a $9 significant Pt-H EXAFS scattering (geometric effect) was found for photon energies 0 to 20 eV above the edge. The difference between the spectra at 1.14 and 0.54 V allows isolation of the Pt-O antibonding state and the Pt-O EXAFS $9 scattering. (7 refs).

  15. Metal Selenides as Efficient Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Jin, Zhitong; Zhang, Meirong; Wang, Min; Feng, Chuanqi; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2017-04-18

    Solar energy is the most abundant renewable energy available to the earth and can meet the energy needs of humankind, but efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity is an urgent issue of scientific research. As the third-generation photovoltaic technology, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have gained great attention since the landmark efficiency of ∼7% reported by O'Regan and Grätzel. The most attractive features of DSSCs include low cost, simple manufacturing processes, medium-purity materials, and theoretically high power conversion efficiencies. As one of the key materials in DSSCs, the counter electrode (CE) plays a crucial role in completing the electric circuit by catalyzing the reduction of the oxidized state to the reduced state for a redox couple (e.g., I3(-)/I(-)) in the electrolyte at the CE-electrolyte interface. To lower the cost caused by the typically used Pt CE, which restricts the large-scale application because of its low reserves and high price, great effort has been made to develop new CE materials alternative to Pt. A lot of Pt-free electrocatalysts, such as carbon materials, inorganic compounds, conductive polymers, and their composites with good electrocatalytic activity, have been applied as CEs in DSSCs in the past years. Metal selenides have been widely used as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction and light-harvesting materials for solar cells. Our group first expanded their applications to the DSSC field by using in situ-grown Co0.85Se nanosheet and Ni0.85Se nanoparticle films as CEs. This finding has inspired extensive studies on developing new metal selenides in order to seek more efficient CE materials for low-cost DSSCs, and a lot of meaningful results have been achieved in the past years. In this Account, we summarize recent advances in binary and mutinary metal selenides applied as CEs in DSSCs. The synthetic methods for metal selenides with various morphologies and stoichiometric ratios and deposition

  16. Novel AlN/Pt/ZnO Electrode for High Temperature SAW Sensors

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    Xingpeng Liu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to develop a film electrode for the surface acoustic wave (SAW devices working in high temperature, harsh environments, novel AlN/Pt/ZnO multilayers were prepared using pulsed laser deposition (PLD systems on langasite (LGS substrates. The AlN film was used as a protective layer and the ZnO buffer layer was introduced to improve the crystal quality of Pt films. The results show that the resistances of Pt and AlN/Pt film electrodes violently increase above 600 °C and 800 °C, respectively, while the resistances of AlN/Pt/ZnO electrodes have more stable electrical resistance from room temperature to 1000 °C. The AlN/Pt/ZnO electrode, where the ZnO film was deposited at 600 °C, has the best temperature stability and can steadily work for 4 h at 1000 °C. The mechanism underlying the stable resistance of the AlN/Pt/ZnO electrode at a high temperature was investigated by analyzing the microstructure of the prepared samples. The proposed AlN/Pt/ZnO film electrode has great potential for applications in high temperature SAW sensors.

  17. Investigation of electro-oxidation activity of Pt-CNTs/GC electrodes

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    2008-01-01

    The morphology and structure of Pt-CNTs/GC electrodes were characterized via Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction.The electro-oxidation behavior of CO and methanol on Pt-CNTs/GC electrodes were studied with cyclic voltommograms or chronoamperometry.Three oxidation peaks were observed for CO absorbed on PtCNTs/GC electrodes.Methanol was found to be dissociated spontaneously on the electrode to produce a strong absorbed intermediate CO.Among the three oxidation peaks,peak Ⅰ was presumed to be due to the bridged CO absorption while peaks Ⅱ and Ⅲ were attributed to the split in the linear CO which is absorbed on the PtCNTs/GC nanocluster with different particle size and Pt film.The oxidation current of methanol on the Pt-CNTs/GC electrode did not always increase with the increase in the amount of Pt loading,The result indicates that there is an optimal Pt loading for methanol oxidation.It is necesSary to select the catalyst with proper Pt loading when the anode of a direct-methanol fuel cell is prepared.

  18. Electrocatalytic oxidation behavior of L-cysteine at Pt microparticles modified nanofibrous polyaniline film electrode

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    MA Song-jiang; LUO Sheng-lian; ZHOU Hai-hui; KUANG Ya-fei; NING Xiao-hui

    2008-01-01

    Platinum(Pt)/nanofibrous polyaniline(PANI) electrode was prepared by pulse galvanostatic method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical behavior of L-cysteine at the Pt/nanofibrous PANI electrode was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The results indicate that the pH value of the solution and the Pt loading of the electrode have great effect on the electrocatalytic property of the Pt/nanofibrous PANI electrode; the suitable Pt loading of the electrode is 600 μg/cm2 and the suitable pH value of the solution is 4.5 for investigating L-cysteine oxidation. The L-cysteine sensor based on the Pt/nanofibrous PANI electrode has a good selectivity, reproducibility and stability. The Pt/nanofibrous PANI electrode is highly sensitive to L-cysteine, and the linear calibration curve for the oxidation of L-cysteine can be observed in the range of 0.2-5.0 mmol/L.

  19. Millimeter thick ionic polymer membrane-based IPMCs with bimetallic Pd-Pt electrodes

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    Palmre, Viljar; Kim, Sung Jun; Kim, Kwang

    2011-04-01

    Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMC) are a low-voltage driven Electroactive Polymers (EAP) that can be used as actuators or sensors. This paper presents a comparative study of millimeter thick ionic polymer membrane-based IPMCs with high-performance Pd-Pt electrodes and conventional Pt electrodes. IPMCs assembled with different electrodes are characterized in terms of electromechanical, -chemical and mechanolelectrical properties. The SEM and energy dispersive X-ray (EDS) analysis are used to investigate the distribution of deposited electrode metals in the cross-section of Pd-Pt IPMCs. The study shows that IPMCs assembled with millimeter thick ionic polymer membranes and bimetallic Pd-Pt electrodes are superior in mechanoelectrical sensing and, also, show considerably higher blocking forces compared to the conventional type of IPMCs. Blocking forces more than 30 grams are measured under 4V DC. However, the actuation response is slower than conventional IPMCs having approximately 0.2-0.3 mm thickness.

  20. Increase in the DSSC efficiency when using metal-coated carbon nanowall counter electrodes

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    Lee, Sangjoon; Choi, Wonseok [Hanbat National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Donggun [Korea National University of Transportation, Chungju (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Eunchang; Hong, Byungyou [Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    This research was conducted to improve the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using metal-layer-coated carbon nanowalls (CNWs) as counter electrodes. The CNWs were synthesized on a fluorine-doped tin-oxide (FTO) glass substrate in a microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system using methane (CH{sub 4}), and the CNWS were sputter-coated with metal films several times by using an RF magnetron sputtering system and four-inch metal targets (Cu, W and Ni, separately). Then, the metal-layer-coated CNWs were used as counter electrodes for manufacturing the DSCCs. The vertical and the surface conditions of the metal-coated CNWs used as the DSCC electrodes were characterized by their electrical variations through field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and Hall measurements. Their optical characteristics were analyzed using UV-Vis equipment, and the energy conversion efficiencies of the DSSCs manufactured using the metal-layer-coated CNWs as the counter electrodes were measured. The results confirmed that the efficiency improved when the W-coated CNW was used as the counter electrode.

  1. A unique semiconductor-carbon-metal hybrid structure design as a counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Guo, Sheng-Qi; Wang, Ling-Chang; Zhang, Chen-Guang; Qi, Gao-Can; Gu, Bing-Chuan; Liu, Lu; Yuan, Zhi-Hao

    2017-05-25

    The catalytic activity of counter electrodes (CEs) severely restricts the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells. However, electrons trapped by bulk defects greatly reduce the catalytic activity of the CE. In this study, we report a novel In2S3-C-Au hybrid structure designed by simply decorating Au particles on the surface of carbon-coated hierarchical In2S3 flower-like architectures, which could avoid the abovementioned problems. This effect can be attributed to the unique contribution of indium sulfide, carbon, and Au from the hybrid structure, as well as to their synergy. Electrochemical measurements revealed that the hybrid structure possessed high catalytic activity and electrochemical stability for the interconversion of the redox couple I3(-)/I(-). Moreover, this superior performance can be incorporated into the dye-sensitized solar cells system. We used this hybrid structure as a counter electrode by casting it on an FTO substrate to form a film, which displayed better photovoltaic conversion efficiency (8.91%) than the commercial Pt counterpart (7.67%).

  2. CoS acicular nanorod arrays for the counter electrode of an efficient dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Kung, Chung-Wei; Chen, Hsin-Wei; Lin, Chia-Yu; Huang, Kuan-Chieh; Vittal, R; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2012-08-28

    One-dimensional cobalt sulfide (CoS) acicular nanorod arrays (ANRAs) were obtained on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by a two-step approach. First, Co(3)O(4) ANRAs were synthesized, and then they were converted to CoS ANRAs for various periods. The compositions of the films obtained after various conversion periods were verified by X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectrophotometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; their morphologies were examined at different periods by scanning electron microscopic and transmission electron microscopic images. Electrocatalytic abilities of the films toward I(-)/I(3)(-) were verified through cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Tafel polarization curves. Long-term stability of the films in I(-)/I(3)(-) electrolyte was studied by CV. The FTO substrates with CoS ANRAs were used as the counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells; a maximum power conversion efficiency of 7.67% was achieved for a cell with CoS ANRAs, under 100 mW/cm(2), which is nearly the same as that of a cell with a sputtered Pt counter electrode (7.70%). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to substantiate the photovoltaic parameters.

  3. Platinum-Free Counter Electrode Comprised of Metal-Organic-Framework (MOF)-Derived Cobalt Sulfide Nanoparticles for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs)

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    Hsu, Shao-Hui; Li, Chun-Ting; Chien, Heng-Ta; Salunkhe, Rahul R.; Suzuki, Norihiro; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Wu, Kevin C.-W.

    2014-11-01

    We fabricated a highly efficient (with a solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency (η) of 8.1%) Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The counter electrode was made of cobalt sulfide (CoS) nanoparticles synthesized via surfactant-assisted preparation of a metal organic framework, ZIF-67, with controllable particle sizes (50 to 320 nm) and subsequent oxidation and sulfide conversion. In contrast to conventional Pt counter electrodes, the synthesized CoS nanoparticles exhibited higher external surface areas and roughness factors, as evidenced by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) element mapping, and electrochemical analysis. Incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) results showed an increase in the open circuit voltage (VOC) and a decrease in the short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) for CoS-based DSSCs compared to Pt-based DSSCs, resulting in a similar power conversion efficiency. The CoS-based DSSC fabricated in the study show great potential for economically friendly production of Pt-free DSSCs.

  4. Pt modified TiO{sub 2} nanotubes electrode: Preparation and electrocatalytic application for methanol oxidation

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    Xing, Li; Jia, Jianbo; Wang, Yizhe; Zhang, Bailin; Dong, Shaojun [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2010-11-15

    Pt nanoparticles decorated TiO{sub 2} nanotubes (Pt/TiO{sub 2}NTs) modified electrode has been successfully synthesized by depositing Pt in TiO{sub 2}NTs, which were prepared by anodization of the Ti foil. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and electrochemical methods were adopted to characterize their structures and properties. The Pt/TiO{sub 2}NTs electrode shows excellent electrocatalytic activity toward methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) in alkaline electrolyte without UV irradiation. (author)

  5. Efficient Nickel Sulfide and Graphene Counter Electrodes Decorated with Silver Nanoparticles and Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yue, Gentian; Li, Fumin; Yang, Guang; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-05-01

    We reported a facile two-step electrochemical-chemical approach for in situ growth of nickel sulfide and graphene counter electrode (CE) decorated with silver nanoparticles (signed NiS/Gr-Ag) and served in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Under optimum conditions, the DSSC achieved a remarkable power conversion efficiency of 8.36 % assembled with the NiS/Gr-Ag CE, much higher than that based on the Pt CE (7.76 %). The surface morphology of NiS/Gr-Ag CE exhibited a smooth surface with cross-growth of NiS, graphene, and Ag nanoparticles, which was beneficial to the fast mass transport of electrolytes; increased the contact area of electrolytes and active materials; and enabled to speed up the reduction of triiodide to iodide. The research on the electrochemical properties also showed that the NiS/Gr-Ag CE possessed lower charge transfer resistance and more excellent electrocatalytic activity in iodide/triiodide electrolyte compared to the Pt electrode.

  6. Ordered mesoporous carbon/graphene nano-sheets composites as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Shao, Leng-Leng; Chen, Ming; Ren, Tie-Zhen; Yuan, Zhong-Yong

    2015-01-01

    The composites of ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) and graphene nano-sheets (GNS) are prepared by mixing OMC with different weight ratios of GNS, and utilized as counter electrode (CE) materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Tafel polarization, and cyclic voltammetry measurements demonstrate that the OMC/GNS CEs display the enhanced electron transport property and fast reduction rate of I3- in comparison with those of the individual OMC and GNS CEs, due to the combination of superior electrical conductivity of GNS and good catalytic activity of OMC. Under AM 1.5 irradiation (100 mW cm-2), the DSSCs based on the OMC/GNS CEs show a maximum power conversion efficiency of 6.82%, which is comparable to 7.08% of the cell with the conventional Pt CE at the same experimental conditions, suggesting that the OMC/GNS composites are one of advanced CE materials for low-cost DSSCs.

  7. Sol-gel spin coated well adhered MoO3 thin films as an alternative counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Mutta, Geeta R.; Popuri, Srinivasa R.; Wilson, John I. B.; Bennett, Nick S.

    2016-11-01

    In this work, we aim to develop a viable, inexpensive and non-toxic material for counter electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We employed an ultra-simple synthesis process to deposit MoO3 thin films at low temperature by sol-gel spin coating technique. These MoO3 films showed good transparency. It is predicted that there will be 150 times reduction of precursors cost by realizing MoO3 thin films as a counter electrode in DSSCs compared to commercial Pt. We achieved a device efficiency of about 20 times higher than that of the previous reported values. In summary we develop a simple low cost preparation of MoO3 films with an easily scaled up process along with good device efficiency. This work encourages the development of novel and relatively new materials and paves the way for massive reduction of industrial costs which is a prime step for commercialization of DSSCs.

  8. PEDOT–PSSA as an alternative support for Pt electrodes in PEFCs

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    K K Tintula; S Pitchumani; P Sridhar; A K Shukla

    2010-04-01

    Poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and poly (styrene sulphonic acid) (PSSA) supported platinum (Pt) electrodes for application in polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) are reported. PEDOT–PSSA support helps Pt particles to be uniformly distributed on to the electrodes, and facilitates mixed electronic and ionic (H+-ion) conduction within the catalyst, ameliorating Pt utilization. The inherent proton conductivity of PEDOT–PSSA composite also helps reducing Nafion content in PEFC electrodes. During prolonged operation of PEFCs, Pt electrodes supported onto PEDOT–PSSA composite exhibit lower corrosion in relation to Pt electrodes supported onto commercially available Vulcan XC-72R carbon. Physical properties of PEDOT–PSSA composite have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. PEFCs with PEDOT–PSSA-supported Pt catalyst electrodes offer a peak power-density of 810 mW cm-2 at a load current-density of 1800 mA cm-2 with Nafion content as low as 5 wt.% in the catalyst layer. Accordingly, the present study provides a novel alternative support for platinized PEFC electrodes.

  9. Recent advances in dye-sensitized solar cells: from photoanodes, sensitizers and electrolytes to counter electrodes

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    Meidan Ye

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs, as low-cost photovoltaic devices compared to conventional silicon solar cells, have received widespread attention in recent years; although much work is required to reach optimal device efficiencies. This review highlights recent developments in DSSCs and their key components, including the photoanode, sensitizer, electrolyte and counter electrode.

  10. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on porous conjugated polymer counter electrodes

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    Torabi, Naeimeh; Behjat, Abbas, E-mail: abehjat@yazd.ac.ir; Jafari, Fatemeh

    2014-12-31

    In this paper, we report platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cells that were fabricated using a grown porous poly-3-methyl-thiophene (P3MT) counter electrode. The growing of the porous P3MT was performed by an electrochemical deposition method. This method is easy and affordable unlike the common expensive deposition methods. The morphology of P3MT films was studied by scanning electron microscopy images. It was observed that polymer layers grown with a current density of 2 mA/cm{sup 2} have a clear porous and rough structure as compared to layers grown with a lower current density. To understand the reaction kinetics and the catalytic activities of the counter electrodes with P3MT for 3I{sup −}/I{sub 3}{sup −} redox reaction, cyclic voltammetry (CV) was performed. Based on the analysis of CV, it was shown that this layer can be used as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells. The electro deposition conditions during the growth of polymer layers such as current density, the morphology of polymer films and the duration of polymerization have a significant role in the current–voltage characterization of the fabricated solar cells. The performance of the fabricated solar cells was improved by optimization of these parameters. The highest efficiency of 2.76% was obtained by using porous P3MT in the counter electrode. - Highlights: • Poly-3-methyl-thiophene (P3MT) layers were grown using electrochemical deposition method. • By controlling the growth conditions, porous P3MT can be produced. • Grown P3MT layers can be used as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. • The growth rate of P3MT layers plays an essential role in the cell performance.

  11. Hierarchical Porous Carbon Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    WANG Gui-Qiang; HUANG Cong-Gong; XING Wei; ZHUO Shu-Ping

    2011-01-01

    Hierarchical porous carbon is prepared by a combination of self-organization and chemical activation and explored as counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.Pore structure analysis shows that micropores generated within the mesopore wall and the pristine mesopore structure of mesoporous carbon are preserved during KOH activation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies demonstrate a relatively high electrocatalytic activity of hierarchical porous carbon electrode for triiodide reduction, as compared with a pristine mesoporous carbon electrode. This enhanced electrocatalytic activity is beneficial for improving the photovoltaic performance of dyesensitized solar cells. The overall conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells with the hierarchical porous carbon electrode increased by 11.5% compared with that of the cell with a pristine mesoporous carbon electrode.

  12. CO adsorption on electrode of Pt nanoparticles investigated by cyclic voltammetry and in situ FTIR spectroscopy

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    2003-01-01

    Pt nanoparticles were prepared by the chemical reduction method. The average diameter of Pt nanoparticles was determined to be 2.5 nm by TEM. The electrochemical properties of Pt nanoparticles were studied by cyclic voltammetry. In comparison with massive Pt, the oxidation current peak of CO adsorbed on Pt nanoparticles is broader. Twin adsorbates of CO on Pt nanoparticles were determined by in situ FTIRS for the first time. It has revealed that the linear and twin-bonded CO can be converted into bridge-bonded CO with the variation of electrode potential. A series of special properties of Pt nanoparticles, such as enhanced IR absorption of CO adsorbates, were also observed.

  13. Improved hydrogen evolution on glassy carbon electrode modified with novel Pt/cetyltrimethylammonium bromide nanoscale aggregates

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    Jahan-Bakhsh Raoof; Sayed Reza Hosseini; Seyedeh Zeinab Mousavi-Sani

    2015-01-01

    A novel, cost‐effective, and simple electrocatalyst based on a Pt‐modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE), using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a cationic surfactant, is reported. Am‐phiphilic CTAB molecules were adsorbed on GCE by immersion in a CTAB solution. The positively charged hydrophilic layer, which consisted of small aggregates of average size less than 100 nm, was used for accumulation and complexation of [PtCl6]2− anions by immersing the electrode in K2PtCl6 solution. The modified electrode was characterized using scanning electron microscopy, energy‐dispersive X‐ray spectroscopy, impedance spectroscopy, and electrochemical methods. The electrocatalytic activity of the Pt particles in the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) was investigat‐ed. The results show that the CTAB surfactant enhances the electrocatalytic activity of the Pt parti‐cles in the HER in acidic solution.

  14. Development of a DNA Sensor Based on Nanoporous Pt-Rich Electrodes

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    Van Hao, Pham; Thanh, Pham Duc; Xuan, Chu Thi; Hai, Nguyen Hoang; Tuan, Mai Anh

    2017-02-01

    Nanoporous Pt-rich electrodes with 72 at.% Pt composition were fabricated by sputtering a Pt-Ag alloy, followed by an electrochemical dealloying process to selectively etch away Ag atoms. The surface properties of nanoporous membranes were investigated by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), a documentation system, and a gel image system (Gel Doc Imager). A single strand of probe deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was immobilized onto the electrode surface by physical adsorption. The DNA probe and target hybridization were measured using a lock-in amplifier and an electrochemical impedance spectroscope (EIS). The nanoporous Pt-rich electrode-based DNA sensor offers a fast response time of 3.7 s, with a limit of detection (LOD) of 4.35 × 10-10 M of DNA target.

  15. Study on hydrogen evolution performance of the carbon supported PtRu alloy film electrodes

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    YANG; Bin; LI; Yang; ZAN; Lin-han

    2005-01-01

    The carbon supported PtRu alloy film electrodes having Pt about 0.10 mg/cm2 or even less were prepared by ion beam sputtering method (IBSM). It was valued on the hydrogen analyse performance, the temperature influence factor and the stability by electroanalysis hydrogen analyse method. It was found that the carbon supported PtRu alloy film electrodes had higher hydrogen evolution performance and stability, such as the hydrogen evolution exchange current density (j0) was increase as the temperature (T) rised, and it overrun 150 mA/cm2 as the trough voltage in about 0.68V, and it only had about 2.8% decline in 500 h electrolytic process. The results demonstrated that the carbon supported PtRu alloy film electrodes kept highly catalytic activity and stability, and it were successfully used in pilot plant for producing H2 on electrolysis of H2S.

  16. Enhanced catalytic properties of Pt-based electrode by doped Cu and Ce

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    Yue, Dehuai; Yang, Bin

    2017-08-01

    Novel PtCuCeO x composite membrane electrode materials were fabricated on the surface of graphite fibrous cloth by ion beam sputtering (IBS). The cyclic voltammetry (CV) and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) were used to analyze the influence of doped Cu and Ce on the membrane electrocatalysis performance in a tri-electrode system. The phase composition, surface structure, interfacial structure and catalytic performance of PtCuCeO x membrane were studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM&STEM). The results indicate that surface particles of membrane electrode are made up of PtCu alloy grains and a few CeO x grains, and the interface structure of oxide metal is formed between them. The crystal plane spacing between PtCu alloy grain is reduced by about 1.11% after the corrosion, which helps increase the electron density on Pt atom. As a result, the catalysis capability of PtCu alloy is enhanced. When the content of Ce is less than or equal to 0.28 wt.%, CeO x exists in the form of amorphous. It is exciting to demonstrate that the existence of CeO x enhances the dispersion of PtCuCeO x catalyst particles. The experimental results reveal that the synthesized material possesses the best electrochemical activity surface area (ESA) and exchange current density (i 0). Compared to pure Pt catalyst, this PtCuCeO x catalyst contains much less Pt content (only 42% of Pt catalyst). However, the electrochemical performance is enhanced by 71.8% compared with pure Pt.

  17. Unique ZnS nanobuns decorated with reduced graphene oxide as an efficient and low-cost counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Jie Yin; Jie Wang; Huaiyong Li; Huiyan Ma; Wenzhi Li; Xin Shao

    2014-01-01

    Unique ZnS nanobuns decorated with reduced graphene oxide (RGO) was synthesized and found to exhibit a synergetic effect as a highly efficient and low-cost counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Using this ZnS-RGO CE, a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.03% was achieved. This value was 53% and 41% higher than those of pure ZnS and RGO CEs, respectively. The ZnS-RGO nanocomposite is indeed an efficient and cost-effective Pt-like alternative for iodine reduction reaction.

  18. Pt nanostructure electrodes pulse electrodeposited in PVP for electrochemical power sources.

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    Song, You-Jung; Oh, Jae-Kyung; Park, Kyung-Won

    2008-09-03

    In this work, we demonstrated that Pt nanostructure electrodes could be obtained by the pulse electrodeposition method in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The nanocrystal particles were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction methods. The average size of Pt nanoparticles deposited in additive PVP with low and high molecular weight is 3.4 and 2.9 nm, respectively, whereas that of Pt electrodeposited without PVP is 360 nm. This means that the size of Pt nanoparticles can be controlled by PVP, resulting in an increased electrochemical surface area. The resulting Pt nanostructure electrodes showed such an improved performance for both direct methanol fuel cells and dye-sensitized solar cells.

  19. Pt nanostructure electrodes pulse electrodeposited in PVP for electrochemical power sources

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    Song, You-Jung; Oh, Jae-Kyung; Park, Kyung-Won [Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Soongsil University, Seoul 156-743 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: kwpark@ssu.ac.kr

    2008-09-03

    In this work, we demonstrated that Pt nanostructure electrodes could be obtained by the pulse electrodeposition method in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The nanocrystal particles were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction methods. The average size of Pt nanoparticles deposited in additive PVP with low and high molecular weight is 3.4 and 2.9 nm, respectively, whereas that of Pt electrodeposited without PVP is 360 nm. This means that the size of Pt nanoparticles can be controlled by PVP, resulting in an increased electrochemical surface area. The resulting Pt nanostructure electrodes showed such an improved performance for both direct methanol fuel cells and dye-sensitized solar cells.

  20. Highly effective nickel sulfide counter electrode catalyst prepared by optimal hydrothermal treatment for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Gopi, Chandu V. V. M.; Srinivasa Rao, S.; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Punnoose, Dinah; Kim, Hee-Je

    2015-02-01

    Nickel sulfide (NiS) thin film has been deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by a hydrothermal method using 3-mercaptopropionic acid and used as an efficient counter electrode (CE) for polysulfide redox reactions in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). NiS has low toxicity and environmental compatibility. In the present study, the size of the NiS nanoparticle increases with the hydrothermal deposition time. The performance of the QDSSCs is examined in detail using polysulfide electrolyte with the NiS CE. A TiO2/CdS/CdSe/ZnS-based QDSSC using the NiS CE shows enhanced photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.03%, which is superior to that of a cell with Pt CE (PCE 2.20%) under one sun illumination (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm-2). The improved photovoltaic performance of the NiS-based QDSSC may be attributed to a low charge transfer resistance (5.08 Ω) for the reduction of polysulfide on the CE, indicating greater electrocatalytic activity of the NiS. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and Tafel-polarization measurements were used to investigate the electrocatalytic activity of the NiS and Pt CEs.

  1. Carbonaceous materials and their advances as a counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells: challenges and prospects.

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    Kouhnavard, Mojgan; Ludin, Norasikin Ahmad; Ghaffari, Babak V; Sopian, Kamarozzaman; Ikeda, Shoichiro

    2015-05-11

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) serve as low-costing alternatives to silicon solar cells because of their low material and fabrication costs. Usually, they utilize Pt as the counter electrode (CE) to catalyze the iodine redox couple and to complete the electric circuit. Given that Pt is a rare and expensive metal, various carbon materials have been intensively investigated because of their low costs, high surface areas, excellent electrochemical stabilities, reasonable electrochemical activities, and high corrosion resistances. In this feature article, we provide an overview of recent studies on the electrochemical properties and photovoltaic performances of carbon-based CEs (e.g., activated carbon, nanosized carbon, carbon black, graphene, graphite, carbon nanotubes, and composite carbon). We focus on scientific challenges associated with each material and highlight recent advances achieved in overcoming these obstacles. Finally, we discuss possible future directions for this field of research aimed at obtaining highly efficient DSSCs. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. First principles study of (Cd, Hg, In, Tl, Sn, Pb, As, Sb, Bi, Se) modified Pt(111), Pt(100) and Pt(211) electrodes as CO oxidation catalysts

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    CO oxidation is a prototype reaction for studying oxidation of small organic molecules. Certain adatom modified Pt electrodes have a large promotional effect on CO oxidation. However, the effect is often coverage dependent, and has a limited effect due to short lifetimes of the adatoms. The cover...

  3. Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction deposited kesterite Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoflakes counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Shim, Chang Su; Hong, Chang Kook, E-mail: hongck@chonnam.ac.kr

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoflakes by SILAR technique. • Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO{sub 2}. • Counter electrode for DSSC application. • 4.48% conversion efficiency. - Abstract: In this investigation, we have successfully synthesized Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) nanoflakes by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and used as a counter electrode in the hydrothermally grown TiO{sub 2} based dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The prepared CZTS nanoflakes were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), micro Raman spectroscopy and energy dispersive analysis. Our DSSCs results revealed that, compared with conventional Pt/FTO counter electrode DSSCs, nanoflakes of p-type CZTS as the photocathode and n-type TiO{sub 2} thin films as the photoanode shows an increased short circuit current (13.35 mA/cm{sup 2}) with 4.84% power conversion efficiency. The detailed interface properties of were analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements.

  4. Electrochemically Deposited Polypyrrole for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Counter Electrodes

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    Khamsone Keothongkham

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypyrrole films were coated on conductive glass by electrochemical deposition (alternative current or direct current process. They were then used as the dye-sensitized solar cell counter electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that polypyrrole forms a nanoparticle-like structure on the conductive glass. The amount of deposited polypyrrole (or film thickness increased with the deposition duration, and the performance of polypyrrole based-dye-sensitized solar cells is dependant upon polymer thickness. The highest efficiency of alternative current and direct current polypyrrole based-dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs is 4.72% and 4.02%, respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy suggests that the superior performance of alternative current polypyrrole solar cells is due to their lower charge-transfer resistance between counter electrode and electrolyte. The large charge-transfer resistance of direct current solar cells is attributed to the formation of unbounded polypyrrole chains minimizing the I3 − reduction rate.

  5. Lanthanide doped ceria thin films as possible counter electrode materials in electrochromic devices

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    Hartridge, A

    2000-09-01

    Crystalline solid solutions of lanthanide doped ceria have long been known for their high ionic conductivity and as such have found applications as oxygen sensors and in solid oxide fuel cells. With advances in preparative techniques over the years, thin films of ceria doped with zirconia and titania have been studied and found to possess the necessary criteria to meet the requirements of counter electrode materials in solid state electrochromic devices. Existing preparative techniques however, have failed to produce thin films of lanthanide doped ceria for study of their optical and electrochemical properties. This thesis therefore presents in the first chapter, existing knowledge of these materials, a novel preparation technique developed as part of the thesis to prepare these materials as crystalline aqueous dispersions suitable for the preparation of quality thin films and the subsequent characterisation of sols and gels of these materials compared to the same materials prepared by conventional techniques. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy has also been used to assess the homogeneity of these nanocrystals on a nanoscale for the first time. The second chapter then discusses the optical properties of solids and thin films in general before using the crystalline sols produced in chapter 1 to fabricate thin films of these materials for the first time. The optical properties of these materials is then discussed in detail and the results show the optical suitability of these thin films as counter electrodes in electrochromic devices. The final chapter then turns to the electrochemical insertion of lithium into these materials using cyclic voltammetry. All films studied enabled the reversible insertion of lithium with varying potentials and charge capacities without the loss of transmission of light common to other potential counter electrode materials. Certain compositions however, comprising ceria doped with Dy, Y, Nd and Pr, allowed enough lithium

  6. Solution-Processed Transparent Nickel-Mesh Counter Electrode with in-Situ Electrodeposited Platinum Nanoparticles for Full-Plastic Bifacial Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Khan, Arshad; Huang, Yu-Ting; Miyasaka, Tsutomu; Ikegami, Masashi; Feng, Shien-Ping; Li, Wen-Di

    2017-03-08

    A new type of embedded metal-mesh transparent electrode (EMTE) with in-situ electrodeposited catalytic platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) is developed as a high-performance counter electrode (CE) for lightweight flexible bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The thick but narrow nickel micromesh fully embedded in a plastic film provides superior electrical conductivity, optical transmittance, and mechanical stability to the novel electrode. PtNPs decorated selectively on the nickel micromesh surface provide catalytic function with minimum material cost and without interfering with optical transparency. Facile and fully solution-processed fabrication of the novel CE is demonstrated with potential for scalable and cost-effective production. Using this PtNP-decorated nickel EMTE as the CE and titanium foil as the photoanode, unifacial flexible DSSCs are fabricated with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.91%. By replacing the titanium foil with a transparent ITO-PEN photoanode, full-plastic bifacial DSSCs are fabricated and tested, demonstrating a remarkable PCE of 4.87% under rear-side illumination, which approaches 85% of the 5.67% PCE under front-side illumination, among the highest ratio in published results. These promising results reveal the enormous potential of this hybrid transparent CE in scalable production and commercialization of low-cost and efficient flexible DSSCs.

  7. Transition voltages of vacuum-spaced and molecular junctions with Ag and Pt electrodes

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    Wu, Kunlin

    2014-07-07

    The transition voltage of vacuum-spaced and molecular junctions constructed with Ag and Pt electrodes is investigated by non-equilibrium Green\\'s function formalism combined with density functional theory. Our calculations show that, similarly to the case of Au-vacuum-Au previously studied, the transition voltages of Ag and Pt metal-vacuum-metal junctions with atomic protrusions on the electrode surface are determined by the local density of states of the p-type atomic orbitals of the protrusion. Since the energy position of the Pt 6p atomic orbitals is higher than that of the 5p/6p of Ag and Au, the transition voltage of Pt-vacuum-Pt junctions is larger than that of both Ag-vacuum-Ag and Au-vacuum-Au junctions. When one moves to analyzing asymmetric molecular junctions constructed with biphenyl thiol as central molecule, then the transition voltage is found to depend on the specific bonding site for the sulfur atom in the thiol group. In particular agreement with experiments, where the largest transition voltage is found for Ag and the smallest for Pt, is obtained when one assumes S binding at the hollow-bridge site on the Ag/Au(111) surface and at the adatom site on the Pt(111) one. This demonstrates the critical role played by the linker-electrode binding geometry in determining the transition voltage of devices made of conjugated thiol molecules. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

  8. Transition voltages of vacuum-spaced and molecular junctions with Ag and Pt electrodes

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    Wu, Kunlin; Bai, Meilin; Sanvito, Stefano; Hou, Shimin

    2014-07-01

    The transition voltage of vacuum-spaced and molecular junctions constructed with Ag and Pt electrodes is investigated by non-equilibrium Green's function formalism combined with density functional theory. Our calculations show that, similarly to the case of Au-vacuum-Au previously studied, the transition voltages of Ag and Pt metal-vacuum-metal junctions with atomic protrusions on the electrode surface are determined by the local density of states of the p-type atomic orbitals of the protrusion. Since the energy position of the Pt 6p atomic orbitals is higher than that of the 5p/6p of Ag and Au, the transition voltage of Pt-vacuum-Pt junctions is larger than that of both Ag-vacuum-Ag and Au-vacuum-Au junctions. When one moves to analyzing asymmetric molecular junctions constructed with biphenyl thiol as central molecule, then the transition voltage is found to depend on the specific bonding site for the sulfur atom in the thiol group. In particular agreement with experiments, where the largest transition voltage is found for Ag and the smallest for Pt, is obtained when one assumes S binding at the hollow-bridge site on the Ag/Au(111) surface and at the adatom site on the Pt(111) one. This demonstrates the critical role played by the linker-electrode binding geometry in determining the transition voltage of devices made of conjugated thiol molecules.

  9. Comparison of formic acid oxidation at supported Pt catalyst and at low-index Pt single crystal electrodes in sulfuric acid solution

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    AMALIJA V. TRIPKOVIC

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available The oxidation of formic acid was studied at supported Pt catalyst (47.5 wt%. Pt and a low-index single crystal electrodes in sulfuric acid. The supported Pt catalyst was characterized by the TEM and HRTEM techniques. The mean Pt particle diameter, calculated from electrochemical measurements, fits well with Pt particle size distribution determined by HRTEM. For the mean particle diameter the surface averaged distribution of low-index single crystal facets was established. Comparison of the activities obtained at Pt supported catalyst and low-index Pt single crystal electrodes revealed that Pt(111 plane is the most active in the potential region relevant for fuel cell applications.

  10. Transparent metal selenide alloy counter electrodes for high-efficiency bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; Liu, Juan; He, Benlin; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-12-22

    The exploration of cost-effective and transparent counter electrodes (CEs) is a persistent objective in the development of bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Transparent counter electrodes based on binary-alloy metal selenides (M-Se; M=Co, Ni, Cu, Fe, Ru) are now obtained by a mild, solution-based method and employed in efficient bifacial DSSCs. Owing to superior charge-transfer ability for the I(-) /I3 (-) redox couple, electrocatalytic activity toward I3 (-) reduction, and optical transparency, the bifacial DSSCs with CEs consisting of a metal selenide alloy yield front and rear efficiencies of 8.30 % and 4.63 % for Co0.85 Se, 7.85 % and 4.37 % for Ni0.85 Se, 6.43 % and 4.24 % for Cu0.50 Se, 7.64 % and 5.05 % for FeSe, and 9.22 % and 5.90 % for Ru0.33 Se in comparison with 6.18 % and 3.56 % for a cell with an electrode based on pristine platinum, respectively. Moreover, fast activity onset, high multiple start/stop capability, and relatively good stability demonstrate that these new electrodes should find applications in solar panels. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Electrocatalytic properties of Pt-Bi electrodes towards the electrooxidation of formic acid

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    Lović Jelena D.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Formic acid oxidation was studied on two Pt-Bi catalysts, Pt2Bi and polycrystalline Pt modified by irreversible adsorbed Bi (Pt/Biirr in order to establish the difference between the effects of Biirr and Bi in alloyed state. The results were compared to pure Pt. It was found that both bimetallic catalysts were more active than Pt with the onset potentials shifted to more negative values and the currents at 0.0 V vs. SCE (under steady state conditions improved up to two order of magnitude. The origin of Pt2Bi high activity and stability is increased selectivity toward formic acid dehydrogenation caused by the ensemble and electronic effect and suppression of Bi leaching from the surface during formic acid oxidation. However, although Pt/Biirr also shows remarkable initial activity compared to pure Pt, dissolution of Bi is not suppressed and the poisoning of the electrode surface induced by dehydration path is observed. Comparison of the initial quasi-steady state and potentiodynamic results obtained for these two Pt-Bi catalysts revealed that the electronic effect, existing only in the alloy, contributes earlier start of the reaction, while the maximum current density is determined by the ensemble effect. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. H-172060

  12. Cost-effective counter electrode electrocatalysts from iron@palladium and iron@platinum alloy nanospheres for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Tang, Qunwei; Liu, Juan; Zhang, Huihui; He, Benlin; Yu, Liangmin

    2015-11-01

    Pursuit of cost-effective counter electrode (CE) electrocatalysts with no sacrifice of photovoltaic performances has been a persistent objective for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Here we demonstrate the galvanic replacement realization of cost-effective CEs from Fe@M (M = Pd, Pt) nanospheres for DSSCs. Due to the enhanced catalytic activity originated from compressive strain and extended surface in tuning the electronic structure of Pd (or Pt) shell along with competitive dissolution reaction of Fe with electrolyte, the cells with high durability display efficiencies of 8.74% and 7.22%. The impressive results along with simple synthesis highlight the potential application of Fe@M nanospheres in robust DSSCs.

  13. pH dependence of the electroreduction of nitrate on Rh and Pt polycrystalline electrodes.

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    Yang, Jian; Sebastian, Paula; Duca, Matteo; Hoogenboom, Thijs; Koper, Marc T M

    2014-02-28

    From a study of the electrocatalytic reduction of nitrate on Pt and Rh electrodes over a wide pH range, HNO3 is suggested as the only reducible species in nitrate reduction on Pt, whereas both HNO3 and the nitrate anion are reducible on Rh. Rh is the more active catalyst of the two because it can activate nitrate even if no protons are available in solution. This is an important insight into the development of more effective nitrate reduction catalysts.

  14. The Effects of Organic Adsorbates on the Underpotential Deposition of Silver on Pt(111) Electrodes

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    1993-01-01

    CV) The Effects of Organic Adsorbates on the Underpotential Deposition W.0 of Silver on Pt(111) Electrodes _• D. L. Taylor and H. D. Abruxla* D TIC...to determine the effects of competing organic adsorbates on the underpotential deposition of silver on Pt(111). The adsorbates studied are known to...hcis )n appive tor pubic release and sal Its distribution is unlimited. fu .. 93-12456 INTRODUCTION The process of underpotential deposition (UPD) of

  15. Specific adsorption of perchlorate anions on Pt{hkl} single crystal electrodes.

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    Attard, Gary A; Brew, Ashley; Hunter, Katherine; Sharman, Jonathan; Wright, Edward

    2014-07-21

    The voltammetry of Pt{111}, Pt{100}, Pt{110} and Pt{311} single crystal electrodes as a function of perchloric acid concentration (0.05-2.00 M) has been studied in order to test the assertion made in recent reports by Watanabe et al. that perchlorate anions specifically adsorb on polycrystalline platinum. Such an assertion would have significant ramifications for our understanding of electrocatalytic processes at platinum surfaces since perchlorate anions at low pH have classically been assumed not to specifically adsorb. For Pt{111}, it is found that OHad and electrochemical oxide states are both perturbed significantly as perchloric acid concentration is increased. We suggest that this is due to specific adsorption of perchlorate anions competing with OHad for adsorption sites. The hydrogen underpotential deposition (H UPD) region of Pt{111} however remains unchanged although evidence for perchlorate anion decomposition to chloride on Pt{111} is reported. In contrast, for Pt{100} no variation in the onset of electrochemical oxide formation is found nor any shift in the potential of the OHad state which normally results from the action of specifically adsorbing anions. This suggests that perchlorate anions are non-specifically adsorbed on this plane although strong changes in all H UPD states are observed as perchloric acid concentration is increased. This manifests itself as a redistribution of charge from the H UPD state situated at more positive potential to the one at more negative potential. For Pt{110} and Pt{311}, marginal changes in the onset of electrochemical oxide formation are recorded, associated with specific adsorption of perchlorate. Specific adsorption of perchlorate anions on Pt{111} is deleterious to electrocatalytic activity in relation to the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) as measured using a rotating disc electrode (RDE) in a hanging meniscus configuration. This study supports previous work suggesting that a large component of the ORR

  16. Mesoporous Bi₂S₃ nanorods with graphene-assistance as low-cost counter-electrode materials in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Guo, Sheng-qi; Jing, Tian-zeng; Zhang, Xiao; Yang, Xiao-bing; Yuan, Zhi-hao; Hu, Fang-zhong

    2014-11-06

    In this work, we report the synthesis of mesoporous Bi₂S₃ nanorods under hydrothermal conditions without additives, and investigated their catalytic activities as the CE in DSCs by I-V curves and tested conversion efficiency. To further improve their power conversion efficiency, we added different amounts of reduced graphene by simple physical mixing. With the addition of 9 wt% reduced graphene (rGO), the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and fill factor were Jsc = 15.33 mA cm(-2), Voc = 0.74 V and FF = 0.609. More importantly, the conversion efficiency reached 6.91%, which is slightly inferior to the commercial Pt counter electrode (7.44%). Compared to the conventional Pt counter electrodes of solar cells, this new material has the advantages of low-cost, facile synthesis and high efficiency with graphene assistance. To the best of our knowledge, this Bi₂S₃ + 9 wt% rGO system has the best performance ever recorded in all Bi₂S₃-based CEs in the DSCs system.

  17. On the differences in the reaction mechanism for CO and CO/H{sub 2} electrooxidation on PtRu and PtSn alloy electrodes

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    Gasteiger, H.A. [Univ. Ulm (Germany). Abteilung Oberflaechenchemie und Katalyse; Markovic, N.M.; Ross, P.N. Jr. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)

    1997-04-01

    Electrooxidation kinetics of mixtures of carbon monoxide and hydrogen were studied on well-characterized surfaces of Pt and alloys of PtRu and PtSn in 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} at room temperature and 60 C. The alloy electrode surfaces were prepared in UHV by sputter/anneal cycles and their surface compositions were determined via low energy ion scattering. Subsequently, the electrodes were transferred contamination-free from UHV into a rotating disk electrode (RDE) configuration in a conventional electrochemical cell and their activity was measured both by CO stripping voltammetry and under the continuous flow of CO and CO/H{sub 2} gas mixtures in RDE-experiments. The overpotential for the continuous oxidation of pure CO on PtSn electrodes with a Sn surface composition of x{sub Sn,s} {approximately} 0.2 is significantly smaller than on PtRu alloys (x{sub Ru,s} {approximately} 0.5) and on pure Pt. The reaction order with respect to solution phase CO is negative on PtRu alloys due to the competition between OH{sub ads} nucleation and CO adsorption on Ru surface atoms. Owing to the lack of CO adsorption on OH{sub ads}-providing Sn surface atoms, the reaction order with respect to CO is positive on PtSn electrodes. Therefore, the activity enhancement of PtSn electrodes versus PtRu and Pt electrodes is most pronounced in pure CO and decreases with the CO concentration in CO/N{sub 2} and CO/H{sub 2} mixtures.

  18. Effect of anodic polarization on the free-floating parts at Pt/YSZ catalyst electrode

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    Toghan, Arafat, E-mail: arafat.toghan@yahoo.com [Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstrasse 3, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany); Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, South Valley University, 83523 Qena (Egypt); Institut für Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie, Leibniz-Universität Hannover, Callinstrasse 3-3a, D-30167 Hannover (Germany); Imbihl, R. [Institut für Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie, Leibniz-Universität Hannover, Callinstrasse 3-3a, D-30167 Hannover (Germany)

    2015-09-30

    Photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) was used as spatially resolving method to explore the effect of electrochemical pumping with a positive voltage to porous platinum electrodes interfaced as working electrode to yttrium stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The experiments were conducted under UHV conditions (p ≈ 10{sup −9} mbar). In PEEM a uniform rapid darkening of the Pt surface was observed during anodic polarization followed by the appearance of bright spots on a dark background. The bright spots observed in PEEM images are due to zirconia reduction around electrically isolated Pt islands.

  19. A Novel Cholesterol Oxidase Biosensor Based on Pt-nanoparticle /Carbon Nanotube Modified Electrode

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    Qiao Cui SHI; Tu Zhi PENG

    2005-01-01

    A Pt-nanoparticle/carbon nanotube modified graphite electrode immobilized with cholesterol oxidase/sol-gel layer was developed for monitoring cholesterol. Using this electrode,cholesterol concentration (4.0×10-6 to 1.0×10 mol/L) could be determined accurately in the presence of ascorbic or uric acid, and the response time was rapid (< 20 s). This biosensor has high sensitivity and selectivity.

  20. Pt、Rh及Pt-Rh合金电极上氢的吸附%Hydrogen Adsorption on Pt, Rh and Pt-Rh Electrodes

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    贾梦秋; A.M.Meretskyi

    2005-01-01

    The hydrogen adsorption on Pt-Rh alloys in sulfuric acid aqueous solutions was studied by the method of cathode pulses. Hydrogen adsorption on the electrode with all ratio of alloy components (wRh = 0-100%) is well described by the Temkin logarithmic isotherm. The surface coverage by adsorbed hydrogen at the same potential is decreased with increasing content of rhodium in the system. A linear dependence of adsorption peak potential on the alloy compositions in the case of weakly bonded adsorbed hydrogen is established. Hydrogen adsorption heat as a function of surface coverage for Pt-Rh-electrodes was obtained. The shape of the current-potential curve and position of the weakly bonded hydrogen adsorption on the potential scale are all related to alloy compositions, thus can serve as the basis for the determination surface composition of alloys.

  1. Characterization and single cell testing of Pt/C electrodes prepared by electrodeposition

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    Martin, A.J.; Chaparro, A.M.; Gallardo, B.; Folgado, M.A. [CIEMAT, Department of Energy, Avda. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Daza, L. [CIEMAT, Department of Energy, Avda. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), C/. Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-07-01

    Electrodes for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) have been prepared by the electrodeposition method. For this task, the electrodeposition of platinum is carried out on a carbon black substrate impregnated with an ionomer, proton conducting, medium. Before electrodeposition, the substrate is submitted to an activation process to increase the hydrophilic character of the surface to a few microns depth. Electrodeposition of platinum takes place inside the generated surface hydrophilic layer, resulting in a continuous phase covering totally or partially carbon substrate grains. Cross sectional images show a decay profile of platinum towards the interior of the substrate, reflecting a deposition process limited by diffusion of PtCl{sub 6}{sup 2-} through the porous substrate. Electrodes with different platinum loads have been prepared, and membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) have been mounted with the electrodeposited electrodes as cathode and other standard components (commercial anode and Nafion{sup R} 117 membrane). The electrochemically active surface area determined from hydrogen underpotential deposition charge, is lower on the electrodeposited electrodes than on standard electrodes. However, single cell testing shows higher mass specific activity on electrodeposited cathodes with low and intermediate Pt load (below 0.05 mg Pt cm{sup -2}). (author)

  2. Characterization and single cell testing of Pt/C electrodes prepared by electrodeposition

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    Martín, A. J.; Chaparro, A. M.; Gallardo, B.; Folgado, M. A.; Daza, L.

    Electrodes for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) have been prepared by the electrodeposition method. For this task, the electrodeposition of platinum is carried out on a carbon black substrate impregnated with an ionomer, proton conducting, medium. Before electrodeposition, the substrate is submitted to an activation process to increase the hydrophilic character of the surface to a few microns depth. Electrodeposition of platinum takes place inside the generated surface hydrophilic layer, resulting in a continuous phase covering totally or partially carbon substrate grains. Cross sectional images show a decay profile of platinum towards the interior of the substrate, reflecting a deposition process limited by diffusion of PtCl 6 2- through the porous substrate. Electrodes with different platinum loads have been prepared, and membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) have been mounted with the electrodeposited electrodes as cathode and other standard components (commercial anode and Nafion R 117 membrane). The electrochemically active surface area determined from hydrogen underpotential deposition charge, is lower on the electrodeposited electrodes than on standard electrodes. However, single cell testing shows higher mass specific activity on electrodeposited cathodes with low and intermediate Pt load (below 0.05 mg Pt cm -2).

  3. In situ scanning FTIR microscopy and IR imaging of Pt electrode surface towards CO adsorption

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    孙世刚; 洪双进; 陈声培; 卢国强; 戴鸿平; 肖晓银

    1999-01-01

    In situ scanning FTIR microscopy was built up for the first time in the present work, which consists of an FTIR apparatus, an IR microscope, an X-Y mapping stage, and the specially designed electrochemical IR cell and computer software. It has been demonstrated that this new space-resolvd in situ IR technique can be used to study vibration properties of micro-area, and to perform IR imaging of electrode surface. The chemical image obtained using this technique fur CO adsorption on Pt electrode illustrated, at a space-resolution of 10-2 cm, the inhomogeneity and the distribution of reactivity of micro-area of electrode surface.

  4. Recent Progress of Counter Electrodes in Nanocrystalline Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    2007-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) consists a combination of several different materials: photoanodes with nanoparticulated semiconductors, sensitizers, electrolytes and counter electrodes (CEs). Each materials performs specific task for the conversion of solar energy into electricity. The main function of CE is to transfer electrons to the redox electrolyte and regenerate iodide ion. The work of CE is mainly focused on the studies of the kinetic performance and stability of the traditional CEs to improve the overall efficiency of DSC, seeking novel design concepts or new materials. In this review, the development and research progress of different CEmaterials and their electrochemical performance, and the problems are discussed.

  5. Performance of plasma sputtered fuel cell electrodes with ultra-low Pt loadings

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    Cavarroc, M.; Ennadjaoui, A. [MID Dreux Innovation, CAdD, 4 Rue Albert Caquot-28500 Vernouillet (France); Mougenot, M.; Brault, P.; Escalier, R.; Tessier, Y. [Groupe de Recherches sur l' Energetique des Milieux Ionises, CNRS Universite d' Orleans, BP6744, 14 rue d' Issoudun, 45067 Orleans (France); Durand, J.; Roualdes, S. [Institut Europeen des Membranes, ENSCM, UM2, CNRS, Universite Montpellier 2, CC047, Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier cedex 5 (France); Sauvage, T. [Conditions Extremes et Materiaux, Haute Temperature et Irradiation, UPR3079 CNRS, Site Cyclotron, 3A rue de la Ferollerie, 45071 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Coutanceau, C. [Laboratoire de Catalyse en Chimie Organique, UMR6503 Universite de Poitiers, CNRS, 86022, Poitiers (France)

    2009-04-15

    Ultra-low Pt content PEMFC electrodes have been manufactured using magnetron co-sputtering of carbon and platinum on a commercial E-Tek {sup registered} uncatalyzed gas diffusion layer in plasma fuel cell deposition devices. Pt loadings of 0.16 and 0.01 mg cm{sup -2} have been realized. The Pt catalyst is dispersed as small clusters with size less than 2 nm over a depth of 500 nm. PEMFC test with symmetric electrodes loaded with 10 {mu}g cm{sup -2} led to maximum reproducible power densities as high as 0.4 and 0.17 W cm{sup -2} with Nafion {sup registered} 212 and Nafion {sup registered} 115 membranes, respectively. (author)

  6. Co oxidation on spontaneous Pt-Ru deposits on composite polymeric electrodes

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    Bavio, M.A.; Kessler, T. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Av. del Valle 5737, B7400JWI, Olavarria (Argentina); Castro Luna, A.M. [Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquimicas Teoricas y Aplicadas, INIFTA, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Diagonal 113 y 64, 1900, La Plata (Argentina)

    2010-06-15

    Composite polyaniline electrodes containing carbon nanotubes incorporated in the film and spontaneous Pt-Ru deposits as catalytic material for CO oxidation are reported. PANI films were electrosynthesized from a monomer acid solution with the addition of carbon nanotubes. Then, Pt-Ru deposits were obtained by immersing the polymeric film in H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6} and/or RuCl{sub 3} in HCl. Three series of deposits were prepared by either immersion in a solution containing both metallic ions during a fixed time or successive immersion in different solutions containing only one of the metallic ions during half of the established time and varying the sequence as follows: (i) first in H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6} and then in RuCl{sub 3} or (ii) first in RuCl{sub 3} and then in H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}. Adsorbed CO oxidation was studied by cyclic voltammetry in H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution. The electrodes were characterized through SEM and EDX. The different ways to obtain spontaneous Pt-Ru deposits are analyzed and their influence on CO oxidation is discussed. (author)

  7. Fuel cell electrodes: Electrochemical characterization and electrodeposition of Pt nanoparticles

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    Modibedi, M

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Cell (MCFC) Electrolyte: carbonate-salt-impregnated ceramic matrix ? Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Electrolyte: hard, non-porous ceramic compound ? Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC) Electrolyte: liquid phosphoric acid ? Polymer Electrolyte Membrane... Fuel Cell (PEMFC) Electrolyte: solid polymer membrane (typically Nafion) Types of fuel cells (FC) ? CSIR 2007 www.csir.co.za PEMFC http://fuelcellsworks.com/ ? CSIR 2007 www.csir.co.za Electrodes...

  8. Characterization of self-assembled electrodes based on Au-Pt nanoparticles for PEMFC application

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    Valenzuela, E. [Politecnica Univ. de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Sebastian, P.J. [Politecnica Univ. de Chiapas, Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Centro de Investigacion en Energia, UNAM, Morelos (Mexico); Gamboa, S.A. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, UNAM, Morelos (Mexico); Pal, U. [Inst. de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla Univ., Puebla (Mexico). Inst. de Fisica; Gonzalez, I. [Autonoma Metropolitana Univ. (Mexico). Dept. de Quimica

    2008-07-01

    This paper reported on a study in which membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) were fabricated by depositing Au, Pt and AuPt nanoparticles on Nafion 115 membrane for use in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). A Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) was used to measure the nanoparticle catalyst activity. After deposition of the nanoparticles on the membrane, the surface was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The membrane proton conduction process was studied by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) with the 4 probe technique. The MEAs fabricated with Nafion/Metal membranes were evaluated in a PEMFC under standard conditions. Colloidal solutions were used to prepare self-assembled electrodes with nanoparticles deposited on Nafion membrane. The particles deposited on Nafion showed good stability and had homogeneous distribution along the membrane surface. The impedance results revealed an increase in the membrane proton resistance of the self-assembled electrodes compared to unmodified Nafion. The Au-Pt nanoparticles were obtained by chemical reduction. The nanoparticle size in the three systems was about 2 nm. The self-assembled electrodes performed well in standard conditions. The optimum colloidal concentration and immersion time must be determined in order to obtain good catalytic activity and high membrane conductance. The self-assembled Nafion/AuPt had the best open circuit potential (887 mV). The Au and Pt self-assemblies showed a similar performance in terms of maximum power and maximum current density. The performance of the Nafion/Au self-assembly was influenced more by ohmic losses, particularly in the membrane. The maximum power generation was obtained at 0.35 V. The mass transport losses increased after this value, thereby affecting the efficiency of the PEMFC. 2 figs.

  9. Modified pulse electrodeposition of Pt nanocatalyst as high-performance electrode for PEMFC

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    Fouda-Onana, F.; Guillet, N.; AlMayouf, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    Low platinum loading electrode was successfully deposited by a modified pulse galvanic signal in H2PtCl6 electrolyte using carbon black as support directly on a GDL (Gas Diffusion Layer). SEM images of the deposition were composed by rough Pt particles of 50 nm leading to specific electrochemical surface area of 53 m2 g-1. In spite of large particle size and a low cathode loading of 0.12 mg cm-2, the proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) fed with humidified H2 and O2 at 80 °C, 1.5 absolute bar reached 0.2 mA cmPt-2 and 0.1 A mg-1 at 0.9 VIR-free which were twice higher than a reference membrane electrodes assembly (MEA) with a cathode loaded at 0.4 mgPt.cm-2. Such an active cathode electrode may be ascribed to a higher utilization rate of the platinum caused by an efficient catalyst deposition by electrochemical route.

  10. Correlation between Formic Acid Oxidation and Oxide Species on Pt(Bi/GC and Pt/GC Electrode through the Effect of Forward Potential Scan Limit

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Following earlier works from our laboratory, further experiments on electrochemical behavior in formic acid oxidation at electrodeposited Pt(Bi/GC and Pt/GC electrode were performed in order to examine the effect of successive increase of the forward potential scan limit. Correlation between formic acid oxidation and oxide species on Pt(Bi/GC electrode with increases of forward potential scan limit is based on the dependency of the backward peak potential from backward peak current. The obtained dependency reveals Bi influence for the scan limits up to 0.8 V. Since the Pt(Bi/GC electrode is composed of Bi core occluded by Pt and Bi-oxide surface layer, the observed behavior is explained through the influence of surface metal oxide on easier formation of OHad species. Nevertheless, the influence of electronic modification of Pt surface atoms by underlying Bi is present and leads to the stronger adsorption of OH on Pt. At higher forward potential scan limits (from 0.8 V, Pt has a dominant role in HCOOH oxidation.

  11. Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells using polymerized ionic liquid electrolyte with platinum-free counter electrode.

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    Kawano, Ryuji; Katakabe, Toru; Shimosawa, Hironobu; Nazeeruddin, Md Khaja; Grätzel, Michael; Matsui, Hiroshi; Kitamura, Takayuki; Tanabe, Nobuo; Watanabe, Masayoshi

    2010-02-28

    A polymerized ionic liquid electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrode are employed for solid-state DSSCs. We are able to prepare a thin polymer electrolyte layer on nanocrystalline TiO(2) in order to reduce the cell resistance. In addition, an electron conductive polymer (PEDOT/PSS) or a single-wall carbon nanotube gel is used with the cell as an inexpensive counter electrode instead of platinum. The overall photon-to-current conversion efficiency was 3.7% in this study.

  12. CATALYTIC AND ELECTROCATALYTIC ACTIVITY OF Pt-Ru/C ELECTRODE FOR HYDROGEN OXIDATION IN ALKALINE

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    Full Text Available The kinetics of the oxidation of H2 on PtRu/C gas-diffusion electrode was studied by interfacing the electrode with aqueous electrolytes at different pH values. The conducting electrolytes were KOH and HClO4 aqueous solutions with different concentrations. It is shown that the nature of the aqueous electrolyte plays the role of an active catalyst support for the PtRu/C electrode which drastically affects its catalytic properties. During the aforementioned interaction, termed electrochemical metal support interaction (EMSI, the electrochemical potential of the electrons at the catalyst Fermi level is equalised with the electrochemical potential of the solvated electron in the aqueous electrolyte. The electrochemical experiments carried out at various pH values showed that the electrochemical promotion catalysis (EPOC is more intense when the catalyst-electrode is interfaced with electrolytes with high pH values where the OH– ionic conduction prevails. It was concluded that similar to the solid state electrochemical systems EPOC proceeds through the formation of a polar adsorbed promoting layer of , electrochemically supplied by the OH- species, at the three phase boundaries of the gas exposed gas diffusion catalyst-electrode surface.

  13. Facile, substrate-scale growth of mono- and few-layer homogeneous MoS2 films on Mo foils with enhanced catalytic activity as counter electrodes in DSSCs.

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    Antonelou, Aspasia; Syrrokostas, George; Sygellou, Lamprini; Leftheriotis, George; Dracopoulos, Vassileios; Yannopoulos, Spyros N

    2016-01-29

    The growth of MoS2 films by sulfurization of Mo foils at atmospheric pressure is reported. The growth procedure provides, in a controlled way, mono- and few-layer thick MoS2 films with substrate-scale uniformity across square-centimeter area on commercial foils without any pre- or post-treatment. The prepared few-layer MoS2 films are investigated as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by assessing their ability to catalyse the reduction of I3(-) to I(-) in triiodide redox shuttles. The dependence of the MoS2 catalytic activity on the number of monolayers is explored down to the bilayer thickness, showing performance similar to that of, and stability against corrosion better than, Pt-based nanostructured film. The DSSC with the MoS2-Mo counter electrode yields a photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency of 8.4%, very close to that of the Pt-FTO-based DSSC, i.e. 8.7%. The current results disclose a facile, cost-effective and green method for the fabrication of mechanically robust and chemically stable, few-layer MoS2 on flexible Mo substrates and further demonstrate that efficient counter electrodes for DSSCs can be prepared at thicknesses down to the 1-2 nm scale.

  14. Well-dispersed CoS nanoparticles on a functionalized graphene nanosheet surface: a counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Miao, Xiaohuan; Pan, Kai; Wang, Guofeng; Liao, Yongping; Wang, Lei; Zhou, Wei; Jiang, Baojiang; Pan, Qingjiang; Tian, Guohui

    2014-01-07

    With a facile electrophoretic deposition and chemical bath process, CoS nanoparticles have been uniformly dispersed on the surface of the functionalized graphene nanosheets (FGNS). The composite was employed as a counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which yielded a power conversion efficiency of 5.54 %. It is found that this efficiency is higher than those of DSSCs based on the non-uniform CoS nanoparticles on FGNS (4.45 %) and built on the naked CoS nanoparticles (4.79 %). The achieved efficiency of our cost-effective DSSC is also comparable to that of noble metal Pt-based DSSC (5.90 %). Our studies have revealed that both the exceptional electrical conductivity of the FGNS and the excellent catalytic activity of the CoS nanoparticles improve the conversion efficiency of the uniformly FGNS-CoS composite counter electrode. The electrochemical impedance spectra, cyclic voltammetry, and Tafel polarization have evidenced the best catalytic activity and the fastest electron transport. Additionally, the dispersion condition of CoS nanoparticles on FGNS plays an important role for catalytic reduction of I3 (-) .

  15. Transparent nickel selenide alloy counter electrodes for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells exceeding 10% efficiency.

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Li, Ru; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-11-07

    In the current work, we report a series of bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that provide power conversion efficiencies of more than 10% from bifacial irradiation. The device comprises an N719-sensitized TiO2 anode, a transparent nickel selenide (Ni-Se) alloy counter electrode (CE), and liquid electrolyte containing I(-)/I3(-) redox couples. Because of the high optical transparency, electron conduction ability, electrocatalytic activity of Ni-Se CEs, as well as dye illumination, electron excitation and power conversion efficiency have been remarkably enhanced. Results indicate that incident light from a transparent CE has a compensation effect to the light from the anode. The impressive efficiency along with simple preparation of the cost-effective Ni-Se alloy CEs highlights the potential application of bifacial illumination technique in robust DSSCs.

  16. A flexible polypyrrole-coated fabric counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Jie; Li, Meixia; Wu, Lei; Sun, Yongyuan; Zhu, Ligen; Gu, Shaojin; Liu, Li; Bai, Zikui; Fang, Dong; Xu, Weilin

    2014-07-01

    The current dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology is mostly based on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate. The main problem with the FTO glass substrate is its rigidity, heavyweight and high cost. DSSCs with a fabric as substrate not only offer the advantages of flexibility, stretchability and light mass, but also provide the opportunities for easy implantation to wearable electronics. Herein, a novel fabric counter electrode (CE) for DSSCs has been reported employing a daily-used cotton fabric as substrate and polypyrrole (PPy) as catalytic material. Nickel (Ni) is deposited on the cotton fabric as metal contact by a simple electroless plating method to replace the expensive FTO. PPy is synthesized by in situ polymerization of pyrrole monomer on the Ni-coated fabric. The fabric CE shows sufficient catalytic activity towards the reduction of I3-. The DSSC fabricated using the fabric CE exhibits power conversion efficiency of ∼3.30% under AM 1.5.

  17. Anode activation polarization on Pt(h k l) electrodes in dilute sulphuric acid electrolyte

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    Mann, R. F.; Amphlett, J. C.; Peppley, B. A.; Thurgood, C. P.

    Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells have been under development for many years and appear to be the potential solution for many electricity supply applications. Modelling and computer simulation of PEM fuel cells have been equally active areas of work as a means of developing better understanding of cell and stack operation, facilitating design improvements and supporting system simulation studies. The prediction of activation polarization in our previous PEM modelling work, as in most PEM models, concentrated on the cathode losses. Anode losses are commonly much smaller and tend to be ignored compared to cathode losses. Further development of the anode activation polarization term is being undertaken in order to broaden the application and usefulness of PEM models in general. Previously published work on the kinetics of the hydrogen oxidation reaction using Pt(h k l) electrodes in dilute H 2SO 4 has been examined and further developed for eventual application to the modelling of PEM fuel cells. New correlations for the exchange current density are developed for Pt(1 0 0), Pt(1 1 0) and Pt(1 1 1) electrodes. Predictive equations for the anode activation polarization are also proposed. In addition, terminology has been modified to make the correlation approach and, eventually, the modelling method more easily understood and used by those without an extensive background in electrochemistry.

  18. Suppression of charge recombination by application of Cu2ZnSnS4-graphene counter electrode to thin dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yan Li; Huafei Guo; Xiuqin Wang; Ningyi Yuan; Jianning Ding

    2016-01-01

    This paper proposes a new mechanism to explain the performance of thin dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC).Near-stoichiometric flower-like Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) microspheres with a high specific surface area was fabricated for use as the photocathode in a DSSC.To improve the extraction and transfer of electrons,graphene was added to the CZTS.A DSSC with a 10-μm TiO2 photoanode layer exhibited a slightly degraded efficiency with a CZTS-graphene photocathode,relative to a Pt counter electrode (CE).Nevertheless,when the thickness of the TiO2 photoanode was reduced to 2 μm,the efficiency of a DSSC with a CZTS-graphene photocathode was greater than that of a Pt-DSSC.It is speculated that,unlike the Pt CE,a CZTS-graphene photocathode not only collects electrons from an external circuit and catalyzes the reduction of the triiodide ions in the electrolyte,but also utilizes unabsorbed photons to produce photo-excited electrons and suppresses charge recombination,thus enhancing the performance of the cell.The use of narrow band gap p-type semiconductors as photocathodes offers a new means of fabricating thin dye-sensitized solar cells and effectively improving the cell performance.

  19. Investigation of electrodeposited cobalt sulphide counter electrodes and their application in next-generation dye sensitized solar cells featuring organic dyes and cobalt-based redox electrolytes

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    Swami, Sanjay Kumar; Chaturvedi, Neha; Kumar, Anuj; Kapoor, Raman; Dutta, Viresh; Frey, Julien; Moehl, Thomas; Grätzel, Michael; Mathew, Simon; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2015-02-01

    Cobalt sulphide (CoS) films are potentiodynamically deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates employing one, three and five sweep cycles (CoS-I, CoS-III and CoS-V respectively). Analysis of the CoS-III film by impedance spectroscopy reveals a lower charge transfer resistance (RCT) than that measured for Pt CE (0.75 Ω cm-2 and 0.85 Ω cm-2, respectively). The CoS films are used as counter electrodes (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) featuring the combination of a high absorption coefficient organic dye (C218) and the cobalt-based redox electrolyte [Co(bpy)3]2/3+. DSSCs fabricated with the CoS-III CE yield the highest short-circuit current density (JSC) of 12.84 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (VOC) of 805 mV and overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.72% under AM 1.5G illumination (100 mW cm-2). These values are comparable to the performance of an analogous cell fabricated with the Pt CE (PCE = 6.94%). Owing to relative lower cost (due to the inherit earth abundance of Co) and non-toxicity, CoS can be considered as a promising alternative to the more expensive Pt as a CE material for next-generation DSSCs that utilize organic dyes and cobalt-based redox electrolytes.

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis of graphene flake embedded nanosheet-like molybdenum sulfide hybrids as counter electrode catalysts for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lin, Jeng-Yu, E-mail: jylin@ttu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, Tatung University, No. 40, Sec. 3, ChungShan North Rd., Taipei City 104, Taiwan (China); Yue, Gentian [Department of Chemical Engineering, Tatung University, No. 40, Sec. 3, ChungShan North Rd., Taipei City 104, Taiwan (China); Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, Fujian 362021 (China); Tai, Sheng-Yen [Department of Chemical Engineering, Tatung University, No. 40, Sec. 3, ChungShan North Rd., Taipei City 104, Taiwan (China); Xiao, Yaoming [Department of Chemical Engineering, Tatung University, No. 40, Sec. 3, ChungShan North Rd., Taipei City 104, Taiwan (China); Institute of Molecular Science, Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Molecular Engineering of Education Ministry, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Cheng, Ho-Ming; Wang, Fu-Ming [Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei City 106, Taiwan (China); Wu, Jihuai [Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, Fujian 362021 (China)

    2013-12-16

    In this study, graphene flake (GF) was successfully embedded into a nanosheet-like molybdenum sulfide (MoS{sub 2}) matrix via an in situ hydrothermal route, and the resultant hybrid was employed as a counter electrode (CE) for Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). It is confirmed from scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy that GFs are successfully incorporated in the nanosheet-like MoS{sub 2} matrix and thus result in its surface evolution. The extensive electrochemical analyses reveal that the remarkably enhanced electrocatalytic activity can be demonstrated when GFs are incorporated in the MoS{sub 2} matrix. After the optimization, the nanosheet-like MoS{sub 2}/GF hybrid with 1.5 wt.% GF shows the best electrocatalytic activity. The DSC assembled with the novel nanosheet-like MoS{sub 2}/GF hybrid CE exhibits a high photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 6.07% under standard illumination, up to 95% of the level obtained using conventional Pt CE (6.41%). - Highlights: • Nanosheet-like MoS{sub 2}/graphene flake hybrid was prepared by a hydrothermal route. • The surface morphology of MoS{sub 2} changed with the incorporation of graphene flake. • The hybrid with 1.5 wt.% graphene flake showed the superior catalytic activity. • The cell efficiency of DSC with the hybrid CE reached 95% of that using Pt CE.

  1. A comparative study of CO adsorption on tetrahexahedral Pt nanocrystals and interrelated Pt single crystal electrodes by using cyclic voltammetry and in situ FTIR spectroscopy.

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    Liu, Hai-Xia; Tian, Na; Ye, Jin-Yu; Lu, Bang-An; Ren, Jie; Huangfu, Zhi-Chao; Zhou, Zhi-You; Sun, Shi-Gang

    2014-01-01

    This study focuses on CO adsorption at tetrahexahedral Pt nanocrystals (THH Pt NCs) by using cyclic voltammetry and in situ FTIR spectroscopy. Since the electrochemically prepared THH Pt NCs in this study are enclosed by {730} facets which could be considered by a subfacet configuration of 2{210} + {310}, we have also studied CO adsorption on the interrelated Pt(310) and Pt(210) single crystal electrodes as a comparison. Cyclic voltammetry results demonstrated that CO adsorbs dominantly on the (100) sites of THH Pt NCs at low CO coverage (θ(CO)≤ 0.135), while on both (100) and (110) sites at higher CO coverage. On ordered Pt(310) and Pt(210), i.e. they were flame annealed and then cooled in H(2) + Ar, CO adsorption also illustrates relative priority on (100) sites at low CO coverage; while at high CO coverage or on oxygen-disordered Pt(310) and Pt(210) when they were cooled in air after flame annealing, the adsorption of CO presents a weak preference on (100) sites of Pt(310) and even no preference at all on (100) sites of Pt(210). In situ FTIR spectroscopic studies illustrated that CO adsorption on THH Pt NCs yields anomalous infrared effects (AIREs), which are depicted by the Fano-like IR feature on a dense distribution (60 μm(-2)) and the enhancement of abnormal IR absorption on a sparse distribution (22 μm(-2)) of THH Pt NCs on glassy carbon substrate. Systematic investigation of CO coverage dependence of IR features revealed that, on THH Pt NCs, the IR band center (ν(COL)) of linearly bonded CO (COL) is rapidly shifted to higher wavenumbers along with the increase of CO coverage to 0.184, yielding a fast linear increase rate with a high slope (dν(COL)/dθ(IR)(CO) = 219 cm(-1)); when θ > 0.184, the increase of ν(COL) with θCO slows down and deviates drastically from linearity. In contrast, the ν(COL) on the ordered Pt(310) electrode maintains a linear increase with θ(IR)(CO) for the whole range of θ(IR)(CO) variation, and gives a much smaller

  2. Rapid atmospheric pressure plasma jet processed reduced graphene oxide counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liu, Hsiao-Wei; Liang, Sheng-Ping; Wu, Ting-Jui; Chang, Haoming; Kao, Peng-Kai; Hsu, Cheng-Che; Chen, Jian-Zhang; Chou, Pi-Tai; Cheng, I-Chun

    2014-09-10

    In this work, we present the use of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as the counter electrode materials in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). rGO was first deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate by screen-printing, followed by post-treatment to remove excessive organic additives. We investigated the effect of atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) treatment on the DSSC performance. A power conversion efficiency of 5.19% was reached when DSSCs with an rGO counter electrode were treated by APPJs in the ambient air for a few seconds. For comparison, it requires a conventional calcination process at 400 °C for 15 min to obtain comparable efficiency. Scanning electron micrographs show that the APPJ treatment modifies the rGO structure, which may reduce its conductivity in part but simultaneously greatly enhances its catalytic activity. Combined with the rapid removal of organic additives by the highly reactive APPJ, DSSCs with APPJ-treated rGO counter electrode show comparable efficiencies to furnace-calcined rGO counter electrodes with greatly reduced process time. This ultrashort process time renders an estimated energy consumption per unit area of 1.1 kJ/cm(2), which is only one-third of that consumed in a conventional furnace calcination process. This new methodology thus saves energy, cost, and time, which is greatly beneficial to future mass production.

  3. Thermodynamic studies of phosphate adsorption on Pt(1 1 1) electrode surfaces in perchloric acid solutions

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    Mostany, Jorge [Instituto de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apdo. 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Departamento de Quimica, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Apdo. 89000, Caracas 1080A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)], E-mail: jmosta@usb.ve; Martinez, Pedro; Climent, Victor; Herrero, Enrique; Feliu, Juan M. [Instituto de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apdo. 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain)

    2009-10-01

    The thermodynamics of the so-called perfectly polarizable electrode was employed to analyze the total charge densities for a nearly defect-free Pt(1 1 1) electrode in a series of NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 4} solutions with an excess of inert electrolyte (0.1 M HClO{sub 4}) at constant ionic strength and pH. Thermodynamic analysis using both electrode potential and charge density as independent electrical variables is described. The Gibbs excess, Gibbs energy of adsorption and charge numbers both at constant electrode potential and constant chemical potential for anion adsorption at the Pt(1 1 1) surface have been determined. The calculated electrosorption valencies and charge numbers at constant chemical potential are close to two electrons per adsorbed anion, suggesting that in the absence of co-adsorbed species, HPO{sub 4}{sup 2-} is the predominant adsorbed species. The maximum Gibbs excess of adsorbed hydrogenphosphate attains a value of {approx}3.2 x 10{sup 14} ions cm{sup -2} which corresponds to a coverage of {approx}0.22 ML.

  4. Graphene-NiO nanohybrid prepared by dry plasma reduction as a low-cost counter electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Dao, Van-Duong; Larina, Liudmila L; Jung, Kwang-Deog; Lee, Joong-Kee; Choi, Ho-Suk

    2014-01-07

    NiO nanoparticles (NPs) were hybridized on the surface of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) by dry plasma reduction (DPR) at atmospheric pressure without any toxic chemicals and at a low temperature. NiO-NPs of 0.5-3 nm size, with a typical size of 1.5 nm, were uniformly hybridized on the surface of RGO. An XPS analysis and the Raman spectra also revealed the repair of some structural damage on the basal plane of the graphene. The material when applied to the counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 7.42% (± 0.10%), which is comparable to a conventional Pt-sputtered CE (8.18% (± 0.08%)). This material outperformed CEs produced using NiO-NPs (1.53% (± 0.15%)), GO (4.48% (± 0.12%)) and RGO (5.18% (± 0.11)) due to its high electrochemical catalytic activity and high conductivity. The charge transfer resistance for NiO-NP-RGO was as low as 1.93 Ω cm(2), while those of a NiO-NP-immobilized electrode and a GO-coated electrode were 44.39 Ω cm(2) and 12.19 Ω cm(2), respectively, due to a synergistic effect.

  5. Reference and counter electrode positions affect electrochemical characterization of bioanodes in different bioelectrochemical systems

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    2014-06-16

    The placement of the reference electrode (RE) in various bioelectrochemical systems is often varied to accommodate different reactor configurations. While the effect of the RE placement is well understood from a strictly electrochemistry perspective, there are impacts on exoelectrogenic biofilms in engineered systems that have not been adequately addressed. Varying distances between the working electrode (WE) and the RE, or the RE and the counter electrode (CE) in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) can alter bioanode characteristics. With well-spaced anode and cathode distances in an MFC, increasing the distance between the RE and anode (WE) altered bioanode cyclic voltammograms (CVs) due to the uncompensated ohmic drop. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) also changed with RE distances, resulting in a calculated increase in anode resistance that varied between 17 and 31Ω (-0.2V). While WE potentials could be corrected with ohmic drop compensation during the CV tests, they could not be automatically corrected by the potentiostat in the EIS tests. The electrochemical characteristics of bioanodes were altered by their acclimation to different anode potentials that resulted from varying the distance between the RE and the CE (cathode). These differences were true changes in biofilm characteristics because the CVs were electrochemically independent of conditions resulting from changing CE to RE distances. Placing the RE outside of the current path enabled accurate bioanode characterization using CVs and EIS due to negligible ohmic resistances (0.4Ω). It is therefore concluded for bioelectrochemical systems that when possible, the RE should be placed outside the current path and near the WE, as this will result in more accurate representation of bioanode characteristics. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Transverse waveguide mode suppression for Pt-electrode SAW resonators on quartz and LGS.

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    Meulendyk, Bennett J; Pereira da Cunha, Mauricio

    2011-12-01

    SAW resonators on ST-X quartz and langasite (LGS) [0°, 144°, 24°] are currently being used for hydrogen fluoride (HF) vapor sensing and high-temperature sensing, respectively. For these applications, the use of Pt-based electrodes allows the resonators to withstand the targeted harsh environments. This work reveals that for Pt-electrode resonators with conventional short-circuit gratings on the aforementioned quartz and LGS orientations, acoustic energy leaks from the grating region to the bus bars, thus degrading the resonator response. To resolve this problem, this paper proposes and implements open-circuit gratings for resonators fabricated with these substrate/metal combinations. The open-circuit gratings guide the acoustic energy within the grating region, resulting in greater quality factors and reduced losses in the resonator response. In addition, scalar potential theory is utilized in this work to identify transverse waveguide modes in the responses of open-circuit grating resonators on quartz and LGS. A transverse waveguide mode dispersion relation was derived to extend the scalar potential theory to account for asymmetry in the slowness curve around the propagation direction. This is the case for several commonly used LGS orientations, in particular LGS [0°, 144°, 24°]. Finally, this work addresses spurious transverse mode mitigation by scaling both the transducer's grating aperture and electrode overlap width. Open circuit grating resonators with appropriately scaled transducer designs were fabricated and tested, resulting in a 71% increase in quality factor and a spurious mode rejection of over 26 dBc for Pt-electrode devices on ST-X quartz. This progress directly translates into better frequency resolution and increased dynamic range for HF vapor sensors and high-temperature SAW devices.

  7. Interdigitated array of Pt electrodes for electrical stimulation and engineering of aligned muscle tissue.

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    Ahadian, Samad; Ramón-Azcón, Javier; Ostrovidov, Serge; Camci-Unal, Gulden; Hosseini, Vahid; Kaji, Hirokazu; Ino, Kosuke; Shiku, Hitoshi; Khademhosseini, Ali; Matsue, Tomokazu

    2012-09-21

    Engineered skeletal muscle tissues could be useful for applications in tissue engineering, drug screening, and bio-robotics. It is well-known that skeletal muscle cells are able to differentiate under electrical stimulation (ES), with an increase in myosin production, along with the formation of myofibers and contractile proteins. In this study, we describe the use of an interdigitated array of electrodes as a novel platform to electrically stimulate engineered muscle tissues. The resulting muscle myofibers were analyzed and quantified in terms of their myotube characteristics and gene expression. The engineered muscle tissues stimulated through the interdigitated array of electrodes demonstrated superior performance and maturation compared to the corresponding tissues stimulated through a conventional setup (i.e., through Pt wires in close proximity to the muscle tissue). In particular, the ES of muscle tissue (voltage 6 V, frequency 1 Hz and duration 10 ms for 1 day) through the interdigitated array of electrodes resulted in a higher degree of C2C12 myotube alignment (∼80%) as compared to ES using Pt wires (∼65%). In addition, higher amounts of C2C12 myotube coverage area, myotube length, muscle transcription factors and protein biomarkers were found for myotubes stimulated through the interdigitated array of electrodes compared to those stimulated using the Pt wires. Due to the wide array of potential applications of ES for two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) engineered tissues, the suggested platform could be employed for a variety of cell and tissue structures to more efficiently investigate their response to electrical fields.

  8. Electrical and electrochemical properties of carbon counter electrode%碳薄膜对电极的电学与电化学性能研究

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    2013-01-01

    The influence of mixing amount of carbon black on electrical and electrochemical properties of TiO2/graphite blend film was studied. Morphologies,electrical properties and electrochemical properties of electrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy,four probe method and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy,respectively. Photovoltaic performance of the cells was examined. It is found that the sheet resistance of carbon counter electrode decreases by 35% with incorporation of carbon black. When carbon black content is 5%(mass fraction),charge transfer resistance and photovoltaic performance reach the optimum. Photoelectric conversion efficiency reaches 74% of the cells with Pt counter electrode.%  为研究碳黑掺入量对TiO2/石墨共混薄膜的电学与电化学性能的影响,采用场发射扫描电子显微镜、四探针电阻率测试仪、电化学交流阻抗图谱以及太阳能电池综合测试仪对碳薄膜的表面形貌、电学、电化学性质以及电池的光电性能进行表征测试。结果表明:碳黑的加入使碳对电极的方块电阻降低了35%;当掺入质量分数为5%的碳黑时,碳对电极的界面电荷传输电阻及光电性能达到最佳,其光电转换效率可达到Pt对电极的74%。

  9. Characterization of self-assembled electrodes based on Au-Pt nanoparticles for PEMFC application

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    Valenzuela, E. [Univ. Politecnica de Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Sebastian, P.J.; Gamboa, S.A.; Joseph, S. [Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Morelos (Mexico). Centrode Investigacion en Energia; Pal, U. [Univ. Autonoma de Puebla, Pue (Mexico). Inst. de Fisica; Gonzalez, I. [Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City (Mexico). Dept. de Quimica

    2010-07-01

    This paper described the synthesis and characterization of gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and Au-Pt nanoparticles impregnated on a Nafion membrane in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). The aim of the study was to fabricate the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) by depositing the nanoparticles on the membrane using an immersion technique. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were used to study the deposition process. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to study the membrane proton conduction process. An elemental mapping analysis was performed in order to study the location of the Au and Pt in the self-assemblies. Results of the study showed that the particles deposited on the Nafion had good stability and a homogenous distribution along the membrane surface. The particles showed a direct relation in size and location with the hydrophilic and hydrophobic distribution phases of the membrane. The main membrane resistance was located between the membrane and the electrolyte. The self-assembled electrodes demonstrated a good performance at standard conditions. 33 refs., 4 tabs., 11 figs.

  10. Improving electromechanical output of IPMC by high surface area Pd-Pt electrodes and tailored ionomer membrane thickness

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    Viljar Palmre

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we attempt to improve the electromechanical performance of ionic polymer–metal composites (IPMCs by developing high surface area Pd-Pt electrodes and tailoring the ionomer membrane thickness. With proper electroless plating techniques, a high dispersion of palladium particles is achieved deep in the ionomer membrane, thereby increasing notably the interfacial surface area of electrodes. The membrane thickness is increased using 0.5 and 1 mm thick ionomer films. For comparison, IPMCs with the same ionomer membranes, but conventional Pt electrodes, are also prepared and studied. The electromechanical, mechanoelectrical, electrochemical and mechanical properties of different IPMCs are characterized and discussed. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDS is used to investigate the distribution of deposited electrode metals in the cross section of Pd-Pt IPMCs. Our experiments demonstrate that IPMCs assembled with millimeter thick ionomer membranes and newly developed Pd-Pt electrodes are superior in mechanoelectrical transduction, and show significantly higher blocking force compared to conventional type of IPMCs. The blocking forces of more than 0.3 N were measured at 4V DC input, exceeding the force output of typical Nafion® 117-based Pt IPMCs more than two orders of magnitude. The newly designed Pd-Pt IPMCs can be useful in more demanding applications, e.g., in biomimetic underwater robotics, where high stress and drag forces are encountered.

  11. Electrochemical characterization of SnO{sub 2} electrodes doped with Ru and Pt

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    Berenguer, R. [Departamento de Quimica Fisica e Instituto Universitario de Materiales, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Quijada, C. [Departamento de Ingenieria Textil y Papelera, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, 1, E-03801 Alcoy (Alicante) (Spain); Morallon, E. [Departamento de Quimica Fisica e Instituto Universitario de Materiales, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain)], E-mail: morallon@ua.es

    2009-09-01

    Antimony-platinum doped tin dioxide electrodes supported on titanium have been prepared by thermal decomposition. The effect of the progressive replacement of Sb with Ru (x = 0.00; 3.25; 6.50; 13.00 at.%) on their electrochemical response in acid medium has been analysed by cyclic voltammetry. The morphology of the coatings was observed by scanning electron microscopy. Ti/SnO{sub 2}-Sb-Pt electrodes without Ru presented a cracked-mud structure, typical of oxide electrodes prepared by thermal decomposition. The introduction of Ru in the oxide layer modified the coating morphology. The roughness increased and passed through a maximum with the increase of Ru content. A relation between the surface morphology, the roughness factor, voltammetric charge and the electrochemical activity has been established. The mechanism and electrocatalytic activity towards the oxygen evolution reaction has been studied from Tafel measurements. The progressive introduction of Ru in the electrodes increased their electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen evolution reaction with a change on the mechanism from non-active to active electrodes. The electrocatalytic activity mainly depends on electronic factors.

  12. Electrocatalytic oxidation of salicylic acid by a cobalt hydrotalcite-like compound modified Pt electrode.

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    Gualandi, Isacco; Scavetta, Erika; Zappoli, Sergio; Tonelli, Domenica

    2011-03-15

    In this paper a study of the electrocatalytic oxidation of salicylic acid (SA) at a Pt electrode coated with a Co/Al hydrotalcite-like compound (Co/Al HTLC coated-Pt) film is presented. The voltammetric behaviour of the modified electrode in 0.1M NaOH shows two different redox couples: Co(II)/Co(III) and Co(III)/Co(IV). The electrocatalysis occurs at the same potential of the latter couple, showing that Co(IV) centers act as the oxidant. The CV investigation demonstrates that the process is controlled both by mass and charge transfer and that the Co(IV) centers involved in the oxidation are two for each SA molecule. The estimated value of the catalytic constant is 4×10(4) M(-1) s(-1). The determination of salicylic acid was performed both by DPV and chronoamperometry. The linearity ranges and the LOD values resulted 1×10(-5) to 5×10(-4), 5×10(-7) to 1×10(-4), 6×10(-6) and 2×10(-7) M, respectively. The Co/Al HTLC electrode has been used for SA determination in BAYER Aspirina® and the obtained results are consistent with an independent HPLC analysis.

  13. Sputtered Pt electrode structures with smoothly tapered edges by bi-layer resist lift-off

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    Preiss, Elisabeth M., E-mail: elisabeth.preiss@de.bosch.com [Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering, Robert-Bosch-Campus 1, 71272 Renningen (Germany); Saarland University, Lab for Micromechanics, Microfluidics, and Microactuators, 66123 Saarbruecken (Germany); Krauss, Andreas [Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering, Robert-Bosch-Campus 1, 71272 Renningen (Germany); Seidel, Helmut [Saarland University, Lab for Micromechanics, Microfluidics, and Microactuators, 66123 Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2015-12-31

    A lift-off process using a bi-layer resist consisting of an image reversal resist on top and a lift-off resist at the bottom was used to structure Ti–Pt thin films. DC magnetron sputtered metal films patterned by this process show ultra smooth edges, ideal for applications such as interdigitated electrodes in resistive gas sensors including thin-film based sensitive coatings with thicknesses below 100 nm. Profiles of processed structures were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and surface profilometer. The thickness profile and structure width were controlled by using different resist thicknesses and undercut lengths. Results were compared with iterative simulations by a geometric shadowing model, predicting undersputtering length and profile structure of the experimentally manufactured samples in good agreement. Target-to-substrate distance variation was found to have only a minor influence on the sputtering result. - Highlights: • Ti–Pt electrode structures were prepared using sputtering bi-layer-resist lift-off. • Prepared lift-off electrodes can be used for good overgrowth of thin films. • Ultra-smoothly tapered edges were controlled by the process parameters. • Simulations using a geometric shadowing model confirm our experimental results.

  14. Fabrication and application of flexible graphene silk composite film electrodes decorated with spiky Pt nanospheres.

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    Liang, Bo; Fang, Lu; Hu, Yichuan; Yang, Guang; Zhu, Qin; Ye, Xuesong

    2014-04-21

    A free-standing graphene silk composite (G/S) film was fabricated via vacuum filtration of a mixed suspension of graphene oxide and silk fibres, followed by chemical reduction. Spiky structured Pt nanospheres were grown on the film substrate by cyclic voltammetry electrodeposition. The electrical and mechanical performance of a single graphene coated silk fibre was investigated. The conductivity of a single graphene coated silk fibre is 57.9 S m(-1). During 1000 bending measurements, the conductivity was stable and showed negligible variation. The G/S film has a sheet resistivity of 90 Ω □(-1) with a porous and hierarchical structure. The spiky Pt nanosphere decorated G/S film was directly used as a H₂O₂ electrode with a sensitivity of 0.56 mA mM(-1) cm(-2), a linear range of 0-2.5 mM and an ultralow detection limit of 0.2 μM (S/N = 3). A glucose biosensor electrode was further fabricated by enzyme immobilization. The results show a sensitivity of 150.8 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 1 μM (S/N = 3) for glucose detection. The strategy of coating graphene sheets on a silk fibre surface provides a new approach for developing electrically conductive biomaterials, tissue engineering scaffolds, bendable electrodes, and wearable biomedical devices.

  15. Spray deposited CeO2–TiO2 counter electrode for electrochromic devices

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    A K Bhosale; S R Kulal; V M Gurame; P S Patil

    2015-04-01

    Optically passive thin films of CeO2–TiO2 mixed oxides with molar ratio of Ce/Ti of 0.05 were deposited by the spray pyrolysis technique (SPT) on a glass and fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass substrates. Precursor solution containing cerium nitrate hexahydrate (Ce(NO3)2·6H2O) and titanium tetraiso-propoxide (Ti(OiPr)4) having different volumetric proportions (0–5 vol% of Ti) in methanol were used. These films were characterized for structural, morphological, molecular, optical, electrochromic and colourimetric analysis. CeO2–TiO2 films deposited at 400° C were found to be polycrystalline with cubic fluorite crystal structure. Transformation from polycrystalline to amorphous phase was observed with increasing TiO2 content. The band centred at 539 cm−1 is assigned to Ce–O stretching vibration and the two medium intensity bands assigned to (Ti–O) and (Ti–O–Ti) stretching modes at 798 and 451 cm−1, which confirms the mixed CeO2 and TiO2 phases. The band gap energy decreases (g) from 3.45 eV for pristine CeO2 to 2.98–3.09 eV for CeO2–TiO2 films. The ion storage capacity (ISC) of CeO2–TiO2 thin film with 3 vol% Ti (Ce–Ti3 sample) was found to be 26 mC cm−2 and electrochemical stability up to 30,000 cycles in 0.5 M LiClO4-PC electrolyte. The optically passive behaviour of CeO2–TiO2 thin film is confirmed by its negligible transmission modulation ( ∼ 2.5%) upon Li+ ion insertion/extraction, irrespective of the extent of Li+ ion intercalation. The optical modulation of sputter deposited electrochromic WO3 thin film was found to be enhanced from 56 to 61% with rapid increase in colouration efficiency (CE) from 42 to 231 cm2 C−1 when CeO2–TiO2 is coupled as a counter electrode with WO3 in an electrochromic device (ECD). On reduction of WO3 thin film with CeO2–TiO2 as counter electrode, the CIELAB 1931 2° colour space coordinates show the transition from colourless to the deep blue state (* = 88.07, * = −2.37, * = 24.59 and

  16. The Study of Metal Sulfide as Efficient Counter Electrodes on the Performances of CdS/CdSe/ZnS-co-sensitized Hierarchical TiO2 Sphere Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Buatong, Nattha; Tang, I.-Ming; Pon-On, Weeraphat

    2017-03-01

    The effects of using different counter electrode metal sulfides on the performances of solar cells made with CdS/CdSe/ZnS quantum dots co-sensitized onto hierarchical TiO2 spheres (HTSs) used as photo-electrode are reported. The HTS in the QDSSCs is composed of an assembly of numerous TiO2 spheres made by the solvolthermal method. The photoelectrical performance of HTS/CdS/CdSe/ZnS coupled to CuS or to Cu2ZnSn(S1 - x Se x )4 with x = 0, 0.5, or 1.0 counter electrodes (CEs) were compared to those coupled to Pt CE. The HTS/CdS/CdSe/ZnS coupled to the CuS CE showed the highest power conversion efficiency η (of 3.46%). The efficiencies η of 1.88, 2.64, and 2.06% were obtained for CZTS ( x = 0), CZTS0.5Se0.5 ( x = 0.5), and CZTSe ( x = 1), respectively. These are significantly higher than those using a standard Pt CE ( η = 0.37%). These higher efficiencies are the results of the higher electrocatalytic activities when the metal sulfide CEs are used.

  17. The Study of Metal Sulfide as Efficient Counter Electrodes on the Performances of CdS/CdSe/ZnS-co-sensitized Hierarchical TiO2 Sphere Quantum Dot Solar Cells.

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    Buatong, Nattha; Tang, I-Ming; Pon-On, Weeraphat

    2017-12-01

    The effects of using different counter electrode metal sulfides on the performances of solar cells made with CdS/CdSe/ZnS quantum dots co-sensitized onto hierarchical TiO2 spheres (HTSs) used as photo-electrode are reported. The HTS in the QDSSCs is composed of an assembly of numerous TiO2 spheres made by the solvolthermal method. The photoelectrical performance of HTS/CdS/CdSe/ZnS coupled to CuS or to Cu2ZnSn(S1 - x Se x )4 with x = 0, 0.5, or 1.0 counter electrodes (CEs) were compared to those coupled to Pt CE. The HTS/CdS/CdSe/ZnS coupled to the CuS CE showed the highest power conversion efficiency η (of 3.46%). The efficiencies η of 1.88, 2.64, and 2.06% were obtained for CZTS (x = 0), CZTS0.5Se0.5 (x = 0.5), and CZTSe (x = 1), respectively. These are significantly higher than those using a standard Pt CE (η = 0.37%). These higher efficiencies are the results of the higher electrocatalytic activities when the metal sulfide CEs are used.

  18. Synthesis of novel Cu2S nanohusks as high performance counter electrode for CdS/CdSe sensitized solar cell

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    Kamaja, Chaitanya Krishna; Devarapalli, Rami Reddy; Dave, Yasha; Debgupta, Joyashish; Shelke, Manjusha V.

    2016-05-01

    An important component of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSC) is the counter electrode which mediates the regeneration of oxidized quantum dots by reducing the polysulphide electrolyte. However, design and synthesis of an efficient counter electrode material is a challenging task. Herein, we report the synthesis of a unique Cu2S nanohusks directly on FTO coated glass substrates by electrodeposition and used as a counter electrode in QDSSC. When these electrodes are used for the reduction of polysulfide electrolyte in QDSSC, they exhibit higher catalytic activity and photovoltaic performance as compared to the Platinum counter electrode. The power conversion efficiency of about 4.68% has been achieved by optimizing the deposition time of Cu2S.

  19. Extraction of nano-silicon with activated carbons simultaneously from rice husk and their synergistic catalytic effect in counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ahmad, Waqar; Bahrani, Majid Raissan Al; Yang, Zhichun; Khan, Jahangeer; Jing, Wenkui; Jiang, Fan; Chu, Liang; Liu, Nishuang; Li, Luying; Gao, Yihua

    2016-12-01

    The extraction of renewable energy resources particularly from earth abundant materials has always been a matter of significance in industrial products. Herein, we report a novel simultaneous extraction of nano-silicon with activated carbons (nano-Si@ACs) from rice husk (RH) by chemical activation method. As-extracted nano-Si@ACs is then used as an energy harvesting materials in counter electrodes (CEs) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The morphology, structure and texture studies confirm the high surface area, abundant active sites and porous structure of nano-Si@ACs. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry analyses reveal that the nano-Si@ACs is highly beneficial for fast I3‑ reduction and superior electrolyte diffusion capability. The nano-Si@ACs CE based DSSC exhibits enhanced power conversion efficiency of (8.01%) in contrast to pristine Pt CE (7.20%). These favorable results highlight the potential application of RH in low-cost, high-efficiency and Pt-free DSSCs.

  20. Flexible carbon nanotube/polypropylene composite plate decorated with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) as efficient counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lin, Jeng-Yu; Wang, Wei-Yen; Chou, Shu-Wei

    2015-05-01

    In this study, we fabricate an efficient, flexible and low-cost counter electrode (CE) composed of a plasma-etched carbon nanotubes/polypropylene (designated as ECP) composite plate decorated with poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (PEDOT) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The PEDOT-decorated monolithic ECP CEs are fabricated via series of processes including high-temperature refluxing, thermal compression, oxygen plasma etching, and electropolymerization. The bottom ECP plate is used to replace conventional transparent conducting oxide (TCO) as a conductive substrate, and the top PEDOT layer is employed as catalyst for I3- reduction. According to the extensive electrochemical measurements, the as-fabricated flexible PEDOT coated ECP CE demonstrates a Pt-like electrocatalytic for I3- reduction. The DSC based on the flexible PEDOT-decorated ECP CE yields impressive energy conversion efficiency of 6.82% (or 6.77% even after the bending test), which is comparable to that of the DSC using the Pt CE (7.20%) under similar device architecture conditions. Therefore, the PEDOT-decorated ECP based CEs show the possibility of serving as low-cost and flexible CEs for efficient DSCs.

  1. Honeycomb-like NiCo2S4 nanosheets prepared by rapid electrodeposition as a counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yin, Jie; Wang, Yuqiao; Meng, Wenfei; Zhou, Tianyue; Li, Baosong; Wei, Tao; Sun, Yueming

    2017-08-01

    Honeycomb-like nickel cobalt sulfide (NiCo2S4) nanosheets were directly deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by a rapid voltammetric deposition method. The method was also controllable and feasible for preparing NiCo2S4 on flexible Ti foil without any heating processes. Compared with Pt, CoS and NiS, NiCo2S4 exhibited low charge-transfer resistances and excellent electrocatalytic activity for {{{{I}}}3}- reduction, acting as a counter electrode for a dye-sensitized solar cell. The NiCo2S4-based solar cell showed higher power conversion efficiency (7.44%) than that of Pt-based solar cell (7.09%) under simulated illumination (AM 1.5 G, 100 mW cm-2). The device based on the flexible NiCo2S4/Ti foil achieved a power conversion efficiency of 5.28% under the above illumination conditions. This work can be extended to flexible and wearable technologies due to its facile technique.

  2. Preparation of Carbon Nanotube/TiO2 Mesoporous Hybrid Photoanode with Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Thin Films Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Kilic, Bayram; Turkdogan, Sunay; Astam, Aykut; Ozer, Oguz Can; Asgin, Mansur; Cebeci, Hulya; Urk, Deniz; Mucur, Selin Pravadili

    2016-05-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/TiO2 mesoporous networks can be employed as a new alternative photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By using the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous as photoanodes in DSSC, we demonstrate that the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous photoanode is promising alternative to standard FTO/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSC due to larger specific surface area and high electrochemical activity. We also show that iron pyrite (FeS2) thin films can be used as an efficient counter electrode (CE), an alternative to the conventional high cost Pt based CE. We are able to synthesis FeS2 nanostructures utilizing a very cheap and easy hydrothermal growth route. MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with FeS2 CE achieved a high solar conversion efficiency of 7.27% under 100 mW cm‑2 (AM 1.5G 1-Sun) simulated solar irradiance which is considerably (slightly) higher than that of A-CNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with Pt CE. Outstanding performance of the FeS2 CE makes it a very promising choice among the various CE materials used in the conventional DSSC and it is expected to be used more often to achieve higher photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies.

  3. One-step solvothermal tailoring the compositions and phases of nickel cobalt sulfides on conducting oxide substrates as counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Huang, Niu; Li, Guowang; Huang, Hua; Sun, Panpan; Xiong, Tianli; Xia, Zhifen; Zheng, Fang; Xu, Jixing; Sun, Xiaohua

    2016-12-01

    Several nickel cobalt sulfide (Ni-Co-S) counter electrodes (CEs) are prepared, and the Ni-Co-S nanoparticles are in-situ grown on SnO2: F (FTO) transparent conductive glasses via a facile solvothermal process, in which thiourea is used as the sulfurizing reagent. The X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectrometer are employed to measure the microstructure and composition of the Ni-Co-S CEs. When a proper amount of thiourea is adopted, fine crystalline NiCo2S4 CE is obtained. When the amount of thiourea is small or large, (Ni,Co)4S3 or (Ni,Co)3S4 CE is acquired, respectively. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Tafel polarization and open-circuit voltage decay (OCVD) measurements all demonstrate that the electrocatalytic activities and electrical conductivities of these Ni-Co-S CEs all approach or exceed those of Pt-pyrolysis CE. Their superior electrochemical performances are further confirmed by fabricating DSSCs with the Ni-Co-S CEs, they display similar or better photo-electric conversion efficiencies to/than the Pt-pyrolysis counterpart.

  4. Active counter electrode in a-SiC electrochemical metallization memory

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    Morgan, K. A.; Fan, J.; Huang, R.; Zhong, L.; Gowers, R.; Ou, J. Y.; Jiang, L.; De Groot, C. H.

    2017-08-01

    Cu/amorphous-SiC (a-SiC) electrochemical metallization memory cells have been fabricated with two different counter electrode (CE) materials, W and Au, in order to investigate the role of CEs in a non-oxide semiconductor switching matrix. In a positive bipolar regime with Cu filaments forming and rupturing, the CE influences the OFF state resistance and minimum current compliance. Nevertheless, a similarity in SET kinetics is seen for both CEs, which differs from previously published SiO2 memories, confirming that CE effects are dependent on the switching layer material or type. Both a-SiC memories are able to switch in the negative bipolar regime, indicating Au and W filaments. This confirms that CEs can play an active role in a non-oxide semiconducting switching matrix, such as a-SiC. By comparing both Au and W CEs, this work shows that W is superior in terms of a higher R OFF/R ON ratio, along with the ability to switch at lower current compliances making it a favourable material for future low energy applications. With its CMOS compatibility, a-SiC/W is an excellent choice for future resistive memory applications.

  5. Evaluation of Tafel-Volmer kinetic parameters for the hydrogen oxidation reaction on Pt(1 1 0) electrodes

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    Mann, R. F.; Thurgood, C. P.

    2011-05-01

    Modelling of PEM fuel cells has long been an active research area to improve understanding of cell and stack operation, facilitate design improvements and support simulation studies. The prediction of activation polarization in most PEM models has concentrated on the cathode losses since anode losses are commonly much smaller and tend to be ignored. Further development of the anode activation polarization term is being undertaken to broaden the application and usefulness of PEM models in general. Published work on the kinetics of the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) using Pt(h k l) electrodes in dilute H2SO4 has been recently reassessed and published. Correlations for diffusion-free exchange current densities were developed and empirical predictive equations for the anode activation polarization were proposed for the experimental conditions of the previously published work: Pt(1 0 0), Pt(1 1 0) and Pt(1 1 1) electrodes, pH2 of 1 atm, and temperatures of 1, 30 and 60 °C. It was concluded that the HOR on Pt(1 1 0) electrodes followed a Tafel-Volmer reaction sequence. The aim of the present paper is to generalize these Tafel-Volmer correlations, apply them to published data for Pt(1 1 0) electrodes and further develop the modelling of anode activation polarization over the range of operating conditions found in PEMFC operation.

  6. Preparation and characterization of chemically deposited nickel sulphide film and its application as a potential counter electrode

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    Ray, Jaymin; Patel, Mitesh; Ghediya, Prashant; Chaudhuri, Tapas K.

    2016-07-01

    Nickel sulphide (NiS) film has emerged as a counter electrode in many applications, such as thin film batteries, dye sensitized solar cells, and supercapacitors. In this regard, we report the direct liquid coating of pure hexagonal NiS films on glass using a precursor solution of nickel-thiourea complex. A uniform and void free film is observed using scanning electron microscopy. The room temperature electrical conductivity of ˜5 × 103 S cm-1 and the positive thermoelectric power (+6 μV K-1) specify p-type conduction. The temperature variation conductivity in the range 77-300 K depicts the transition of NiS films from conducting to semi-conducting behaviour at certain transition temperatures. Preliminary results from a cyclic voltammetry study shows the feasibility of NiS films as counter electrodes.

  7. Fully printable transparent monolithic solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell with mesoscopic indium tin oxide counter electrode.

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    Yang, Ying; Ri, Kwangho; Rong, Yaoguang; Liu, Linfeng; Liu, Tongfa; Hu, Min; Li, Xiong; Han, Hongwei

    2014-09-07

    We present a new transparent monolithic mesoscopic solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell based on trilamellar films of mesoscopic TiO2 nanocrystalline photoanode, a ZrO2 insulating layer and an indium tin oxide counter electrode (ITO-CE), which were screen-printed layer by layer on a single substrate. When the thickness of the ITO-CE was optimized to 2.1 μm, this very simple and fully printable solid-state DSSC with D102 dye and spiro-OMeTAD hole transport materials presents efficiencies of 1.73% when irradiated from the front side and 1.06% when irradiated from the rear side under a standard simulated sunlight condition (AM 1.5 Global, 100 mW cm(-2)). Higher parameters could be expected with a better transparent mesoscopic counter electrode and hole conductor for the printable monolithic mesoscopic solid-state DSSC.

  8. Dye-sensitized solar cell with energy storage function through PVDF/ZnO nanocomposite counter electrode.

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    Zhang, Xi; Huang, Xuezhen; Li, Chensha; Jiang, Hongrui

    2013-08-14

    Dye-sensitized solar cells with an energy storage function are demonstrated by modifying its counter electrode with a poly (vinylidene fluoride)/ZnO nanowire array composite. This simplex device could still function as an ordinary solar cell with a steady photocurrent output even after being fully charged. An energy storage density of 2.14 C g(-1) is achieved, while simultaneously a 3.70% photo-to-electric conversion efficiency is maintained.

  9. One-step fabrication of copper sulfide nanoparticles decorated on graphene sheets as highly stable and efficient counter electrode for CdS-sensitized solar cells

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    Hessein, Amr; Wang, Feiju; Masai, Hirokazu; Matsuda, Kazunari; Abd El-Moneim, Ahmed

    2016-11-01

    Quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) are thin-film photovoltaics and highly promising as next-generation solar cells owing to their high theoretical efficiency, easy fabrication process, and low production cost. However, the practical photoconversion efficiencies (PCEs) of QDSSCs are still far below the theoretically estimated value owing to the lack of an applicable design of the materials and electrodes. In this work, we developed a highly stable and efficient counter electrode (CE) from copper sulfide nanocrystals and reduced graphene oxide (Cu x S@RGO) for QDSSC applications. The Cu x S@RGO electrocatalyst was successfully prepared by a facile one-pot hydrothermal method, then directly applied to a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass substrate by the simple drop-casting technique. Owing to the synergistic effect between Cu x S nanocrystals and conductive RGO sheets, the Cu x S@RGO CE showed high electrocatalytic activity for polysulfide electrolyte reduction. A CdS QDSSC based on the Cu x S@RGO CE yielded a high and reproducible PCE of 2.36%, exceeding those of 1.57 and 1.33% obtained with the commonly used Cu2S/brass and Pt CEs, respectively. Moreover, the QDSSC with the Cu x S@RGO CE showed excellent photostability in a light-soaking test without any obvious decay in the photocurrent, whereas the cell based on the Cu2S/brass CE was severely degraded.

  10. Electrochemical characterization of IrO{sub 2}-Pt and RuO{sub 2}-Pt mixtures as bifunctional electrodes for unitized regenerative fuel cells

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    Escalante-Garcia, I.L.; Duron-Torres, S.M. [Univ. Autonoma de Zacatecas, Zacatecas (Mexico). Unidad Academica de Ciencias Quimicas; Cruz, J.C.; Arriaga-Hurtado, L.G. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, Pedro Escobedo (Mexico)

    2010-07-15

    A unitized regenerative fuel cell (URFC) is a single electrochemical cell that has the potential to meet the required features of an idealized energy cycle whereby hydrogen can be produced from renewable energy sources. A URFC is a system which can operate as a polymer electrolyte water electrolyzer (PEMWE) or as a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEMFC). In the PEMWE mode, water is converted into hydrogen and oxygen by using electricity from solar or wind energy. In the PEMFC mode, the stored hydrogen and oxygen are supplied to generate electricity and water. Combining PEMWEs and PEMFCs remains a great challenge because several practical and structural features must be considered. The limiting reaction steps at the oxygen electrode for PEMFC or PEMWE are the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the water oxidation reaction (OER), respectively. The high-efficiency therefore depends on the type of electrocatalysts and the capability of the oxygen electrode to operate under PEMFC or PEMWE conditions. As such, much research has gone into the development of a new oxygen electrode design for URFCs. Several bifunctional electrodes for OER and ORR were designed in this study using platinum (Pt) and iridium oxide (IrO{sub 2}) electrocatalysts or Pt and ruthenium oxide (RuO{sub 2}) supported electrocatalysts on Ebonex{sup R}. According to electrochemical characterization by CV, LV and EIS in aqueous 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, IrO{sub 2}-Pt and RuO{sub 2}-Pt supported on Ebonex have high electrocatalytic properties for ORR and OER, indicating potential use in URFCs. IrO{sub 2} based electrodes were more stable than RuO{sub 2} based electrodes. 31 refs., 2 tabs., 6 figs.

  11. On the mechanism of the direct pathway for formic acid oxidation at a Pt(111) electrode.

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    Xu, Jie; Yuan, Daofu; Yang, Fan; Mei, Dong; Zhang, Zunbiao; Chen, Yan-Xia

    2013-03-28

    In order determine whether formate is a reaction intermediate of the direct pathway for formic acid oxidation at a Pt electrode, formic acid (HCOOH) oxidation at a Pt(111) electrode has been studied by normal and fast scan voltammetry in 0.1 M HClO4 solutions with different HCOOH concentrations. The relationship between the HCOOH oxidation current density (j(ox)) and formate coverage (θ(formate)) is quantitatively analyzed. The kinetic simulation reveals that the previously proposed formate pathway, with decomposition of the bridge-bonded formate (HCOO(B)) as a rate determining step (rds), cannot be the main pathway responsible for the majority of the current for HCOOH oxidation. Instead, a kinetic model based on a mechanism with formic acid adsorption [structure: see text], along with simultaneous C-H bond activation as the rds for the direct pathway, explains the measured data well. It was found for the relatively slow rate of formic acid oxidation, that adsorption-desorption of the formate is faster, which competes for the surface sites for formic acid oxidation.

  12. In situ FTIR spectra at the Pt electrode/{gamma}-butyrolactone solution interface

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    Ikezawa, Yasunari, E-mail: ikezawa@rikkyo.ac.jp [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Rikkyo University, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku, Tokyo 171 (Japan); Atobe, Keigo [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Rikkyo University, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku, Tokyo 171 (Japan)

    2011-08-01

    The behavior of a Pt electrode/solution of lithium perchlorate and lithium hexafluorophosphate in a {gamma}-butyrolactone (GBL) interface has been investigated by using in situ FTIR spectroscopy and single reflection ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. The bands due to free GBL and GBL solvated to lithium ions in the solution were confirmed by the single reflection ATR-FTIR spectra. The dependence of potential on the concentration of GBL and solvated GBL in the vicinity of a Pt electrode was investigated. In the FTIR spectra, the reversible changes in the concentration of free GBL and solvated GBL in the diffuse double layer were observed with change in potentials. As the potential decreased, the free GBL concentration increased, while the concentration of the GBL solvated to lithium ions decreased. The reverse phenomenon was observed as the potential increased. Thus, it can be concluded that the equilibrium shifts from Li{sup +}(GBL){sub 4} to Li{sup +}(GBL){sub 3} and GBL as the potential decreases. It became clear for low potentials that the product material contained lithium ions in irreversible reactions.

  13. Copper Sulfide Catalyzed Porous Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Counter Electrode for Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells with High Fill Factor

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    Satoshi Koyasu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance of quantum dot-sensitized solar cell (QDSSC is mainly limited by chemical reactions at the interface of the counter electrode. Generally, the fill factor (FF of QDSSCs is very low because of large charge transfer resistance at the interface between the counter electrode and electrolyte solution containing redox couples. In the present research, we demonstrate the improvement of the resistance by optimization of surface area and amount of catalyst of the counter electrode. A facile chemical synthesis was used to fabricate a composite counter electrode consisting of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO powder and CuS nanoparticles. The introduction of a sputtered gold layer at the interface of the porous-FTO layer and underlying glass substrate also markedly reduced the resistance of the counter electrode. As a result, we could reduce the charge transfer resistance and the series resistance, which were 2.5 [Ω] and 6.0 [Ω], respectively. This solar cell device, which was fabricated with the presently designed porous-FTO counter electrode as the cathode and a PbS-modified electrode as the photoanode, exhibited a FF of 58%, which is the highest among PbS-based QDSSCs reported to date.

  14. Prediction of (195) Pt NMR chemical shifts of dissolution products of H2 [Pt(OH)6 ] in nitric acid solutions by DFT methods: how important are the counter-ion effects?

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    Tsipis, Athanassios C; Karapetsas, Ioannis N

    2016-08-01

    (195) Pt NMR chemical shifts of octahedral Pt(IV) complexes with general formula [Pt(NO3 )n (OH)6 - n ](2-) , [Pt(NO3 )n (OH2 )6 - n ](4 - n) (n = 1-6), and [Pt(NO3 )6 - n  - m (OH)m (OH2 )n ](-2 + n - m) formed by dissolution of platinic acid, H2 [Pt(OH)6 ], in aqueous nitric acid solutions are calculated employing density functional theory methods. Particularly, the gauge-including atomic orbitals (GIAO)-PBE0/segmented all-electron relativistically contracted-zeroth-order regular approximation (SARC-ZORA)(Pt) ∪ 6-31G(d,p)(E)/Polarizable Continuum Model computational protocol performs the best. Excellent second-order polynomial plots of δcalcd ((195) Pt) versus δexptl ((195) Pt) chemical shifts and δcalcd ((195) Pt) versus the natural atomic charge QPt are obtained. Despite of neglecting relativistic and spin orbit effects the good agreement of the calculated δ (195) Pt chemical shifts with experimental values is probably because of the fact that the contribution of relativistic and spin orbit effects to computed σ(iso) (195) Pt magnetic shielding of Pt(IV) coordination compounds is effectively cancelled in the computed δ (195) Pt chemical shifts, because the relativistic corrections are expected to be similar in the complexes and the proper reference standard used. To probe the counter-ion effects on the (195) Pt NMR chemical shifts of the anionic [Pt(NO3 )n (OH)6 - n ](2-) and cationic [Pt(NO3 )n (OH2 )6 - n ](4 - n) (n = 0-3) complexes we calculated the (195) Pt NMR chemical shifts of the neutral (PyH)2 [Pt(NO3 )n (OH)6 - n ] (n = 1-6; PyH = pyridinium cation, C5 H5 NH(+) ) and [Pt(NO3 )n (H2 O)6 - n ](NO3 )4 - n (n = 0-3) complexes. Counter-anion effects are very important for the accurate prediction of the (195) Pt NMR chemical shifts of the cationic [Pt(NO3 )n (OH2 )6 - n ](4 - n) complexes, while counter-cation effects are less important for the anionic [Pt(NO3 )n (OH)6

  15. Domestic wastewater treatment using Pt,Ni-RE (rare earth electrodes

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    Eurico Moutinho

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Electrochemical technologies can be used for the treatment of domestic wastewaters, by eliminating their organic pollutants. They have advantages over conventional methods, such as environmental compatibility, versatility, energy efficiency, safety and cost. The organic compounds degradation process is based on the production of OH radicals, formed during water electrolysis, which oxidize the organic molecules to CO2. At the same time, hydrogen (H2 is produced through reduction of the water in the effluent, which can be later used in a fuel cell. Present study seeks to find effective electrocatalysts to produce H2 by electrolysis, using domestic wastewaters as the hydrogen source, with or without the addition of supporting electrolyte. Herein KOH is used as the supporting electrolyte, as the extra hydroxide can be used to degrade the organic matter. Nine different electrode materials are evaluated as cathodes for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER in a domestic wastewater. The tested materials include platinum (Pt and platinum-rare earth (Pt-RE binary alloys, and nickel (Ni and Ni-RE alloys, with the REs being cerium (Ce, samarium (Sm, dysprosium (Dy, and holmium (Ho. Linear scan voltammetry measurements are conducted at temperatures ranging from 25 to 85 ºC. Several kinetic parameters are calculated, such as the Tafel slopes, charge transfer coefficients and exchange current densities. The data obtained at the different electrode materials is compared and it is clear that Pt-RE alloys show superior activity for the HER. It is also noticeable that the wastewater effluent containing the supporting electrolyte leads to significantly better HER performances.

  16. Transparent conducting oxide-free nitrogen-doped graphene/reduced hydroxylated carbon nanotube composite paper as flexible counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Jindan; Yu, Mei; Li, Songmei; Meng, Yanbing; Wu, Xueke; Liu, Jianhua

    2016-12-01

    Three-dimensional nitrogen-doped graphene/reduced hydroxylated carbon nanotube composite aerogel (NG/CNT-OH) with unique hierarchical porosity and mechanical stability is developed through a two-step hydrothermal reaction. With plenty of exposed active sites and efficient multidimensional transport pathways of electrons and ions, NG/CNT-OH exhibits great electrocatalytic performances for I-/I3- redox couple. The subsequent compressed NG/CNT-OH papers possess high electrical conductivity and good flexibility, thus generating high-performance flexible counter electrodes (CEs) with transparent conducting oxide free (TCO-free) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The flexible NG/CNT-OH electrodes show good stability and the DSSCs with the optimized NG/CNT-OH CE had higher short-circuit current density (13.62 mA cm-2) and cell efficiency (6.36%) than DSSCs using Pt CE, whereas those of the DSSCs using Pt CE were only 12.81 mA cm-2 and 5.74%, respectively. Increasing the ratio of hydroxylated carbon nanotubes (CNT-OH) to the graphene oxide (GO) in the reactant would lead to less content of doped N, but better diffusion of electrolyte in the CEs because of more complete GO etching reaction. The design strategy presents a facile and cost effective way to synthesis three-dimensional graphene/CNT composite aerogel with excellent performance, and it can be potentially used as flexible TCO-free CE in other power conversion or energy storage devices.

  17. The Two-Dimensional Nanocomposite of Molybdenum Disulfide and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Oxide for Efficient Counter Electrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Cheng, Chao-Kuang; Lin, Che-Hsien; Wu, Hsuan-Chung; Ma, Chen-Chi M.; Yeh, Tsung-Kuang; Chou, Huei-Yu; Tsai, Chuen-Horng; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we reported the synthesis of the two-dimensional (2D) nanocomposite of molybdenum disulfide and nitrogen-doped graphene oxide (MoS2/nGO) as a platinum-free counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and Raman spectroscopy were used to examine the characteristics of the 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO. The cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS), and the Tafel polarization measurements were carried out to examine the electrocatalytic abilities. XPS and Raman results showed the 2D behaviors of the prepared nanomaterials. HRTEM micrographs showed the direct evidence of the 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO. The results of electrocatalytic examinations indicated the MoS2/nGO owning the low charge transfer resistance, high electrocatalytic activity, and fast reaction kinetics for the reduction of triiodide to iodide on the electrolyte-electrode interface. The 2D nanocomposite of MoS2/nGO combined the advantages of the high specific surface of nGO and the plenty edge sites of MoS2 and showed the promoted properties different from those of their individual constituents to create a new outstanding property. The DSSC with MoS2/nGO nanocomposite CE showed a photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.95 % under an illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm2), which was up to 92.2 % of the DSSC with the conventional platinum (Pt) CE (PCE = 6.43 %). These results reveal the potential of the MoS2/nGO nanocomposite in the use of low-cost, scalable, and efficient Pt-free CEs for DSSCs.

  18. Efficient p-type dye-sensitized solar cells with all-nano-electrodes: NiCo2S4 mesoporous nanosheet counter electrodes directly converted from NiCo2O4 photocathodes

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    Shi, Zhiwei; Lu, Hao; Liu, Qiong; Cao, Fengren; Guo, Jun; Deng, Kaimo; Li, Liang

    2014-11-01

    We report the successful growth of NiCo2S4 nanosheet films converted from NiCo2O4 nanosheet films on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates by a low-temperature solution process. Low-cost NiCo2S4 and NiCo2O4 nanosheet films were directly used for replacing conventional Pt and NiO as counter electrodes and photocathodes, respectively, to construct all-nano p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSSCs) with high performance. Compared to Pt, NiCo2S4 showed higher catalytic activity towards the I-/I3 - redox in electrolyte, resulting in an improved photocurrent density up to 2.989 mA/cm2, which is the highest value in reported p-DSSCs. Present p-DSSCs demonstrated a cell efficiency of 0.248 % that is also comparable with typical NiO-based p-DSSCs.

  19. Comparison of performance parameters of poly(3,4 ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) based electrochromic device on glass with and without counter electrode

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    S Sindhu; K Narasimha Rao; E S R Gopal

    2008-02-01

    Conjugated polymers are promising materials for electrochromic device technology. Aqueous dispersions of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-(PEDOT) were spin coated onto transparent conducting oxide (TCO) coated glass substrates. A seven-layer electrochromic device was fabricated with the following configuration: glass/transparent conducting oxide (TCO)/PEDOT (main electrochromic layer)/gel electrolyte/prussian blue (counter electrode)/TCO/glass. The device fabricated with counter electrode (Prussian blue) showed a contrast of 18% and without counter electrode showed visible contrast of 5% at 632 nm at a voltage of 1.9 V. The comparison of the device is done in terms of the colouration efficiency of the devices with and without counter electrode.

  20. Preparation of Pt/polypyrrole-para toluene sulfonate hydrogen peroxide sensitive electrode for the utilizing as a biosensor.

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    Çete, Servet; Bal, Özgür

    2013-12-01

    A film electrode with electropolymerization of pyrrole (Py) and para-toluene sulfonate (pTS) as a anionic dopant is prepared and its sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide is investigated. The polypyrrole is deposited on a 0.5 cm(2) Pt plate an electrochemically prepared pTS ion-doped polypyrrole film by scanning the electrode potential between - 0.8 and + 0.8 V at a scan rate of 20 mV/s. The electrode's sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide is investigated at room temperature using 0.1 M phosphate buffer at pH 7.5. The working potential is found as a 0.3 V. The concentrations of pyrrole and pTS are 50mM M and 25 mM. Polypyrrole was coated on the electrode surface within 10 cycles. İmmobilization of glucose oxidase carried out on Pt/polypyrrole-para toluene sulfonate (Pt/PPy-pTS) film by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde. The morphology of electrodes was characterized by SEM and AFM. Moreover, contact angle measurements were made with 1 μL water of polymer film and enzyme electrode. It has shown that enzyme electrode is very sensitive against to glucose.

  1. Electrochemical degradation of phenol and 2-chloro phenol using Pt/Ti and boron-doped diamond electrodes

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    Yoon, Janghee; Lee, Byoungseob; Choi, Seyong; Won, Misook [Busan Center, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Shim, Yoonbo [Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    To test the efficiency of the BDD electrode for complete mineralization of organic wastewater, phenol and 2-chloro phenol (2-CP) were treated electrochemically with both an active Pt/Ti electrode and a nonactive boron doped diamond (BDD) electrode, respectively, in neutral aqueous medium. Aqueous solutions of both phenol and 2-chloro phenol were treated electrochemically using an in-house fabricated flow through electrochemical cell (FTEC). The experimental variables included current input, treatment time, and the flow rate of the solutions. Depending on the magnitude of the applied current and reaction time, the compounds were either completely degraded or partially oxidized to other intermediates. Removal efficiencies reached as high as 93.2% and 94.8% both at the Pt/Ti electrode and BDD electrode, respectively, at an applied current of 200 mA for a 3.0 hr reaction and a flow rate of 4 mL/min. The BDD electrode was much more efficient for the complete mineralization of phenol and 2-chloro phenol than the Pt/Ti electrode.

  2. Fabrication of Pt/(Ta2O5+Pt) coated titanium electrodes using combination of partial thermal decomposition and electrolytic reduction of Pt and Ta complex; Tofu-bubun netsubunkai to denkai kangenho wo kumiawaseta hakkin/(sanka tantaru+hakkin) tanji chitan kitai denkyoku no sakusei

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    Kamegaya, Y. [Ishifuku Metal Industry Co. Ltd., Saitama (Japan); Saito, J.; Kobayashi, H.; Mitamura, T. [Saitama Univ., Saitama (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Okuyama, M. [Oyama National College of Technology, Tochigi (Japan)

    1996-02-05

    Recently, the authors proposed a new method, a combination of painting/partial thermal decomposition and electrolytic reduction, for the fabrication of Pt coated electrode. When Pt support carbon substrate electrode and Pt support Ti substrate electrode were fabricated using this method, any of these electrode has higher surface area than that of electrode fabricated by conventional painting/partial thermal decomposition method. In this report, in order to make possible to long life for Ti substrate coated electrode, the fabrication of coated electrode structure made of up catalyst layer/interlayer/electrode substrate was carried out using the electrode fabrication method proposed by authors. As a result, the amount of Ta support for including (Ta2O5+Pt) interlayer having sufficient electric conductivity and corrosion resistance into the coated electrode structure was necessary at least 0.4mg.cm{sup -2} if the amount of Pt was 0.4mg.cm{sup -2}. Further, the fabricated Pt/(Ta2O5+Pt)/Ti electrode had higher surface area and electrode life was 2 times longer than that of Pt/Ti electrode and had better stability. 9 refs., 7 figs.

  3. One-Pot Solvothermal in Situ Growth of 1D Single-Crystalline NiSe on Ni Foil as Efficient and Stable Transparent Conductive Oxide Free Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Bao, Chao; Li, Faxin; Wang, Jiali; Sun, Panpan; Huang, Niu; Sun, Yihua; Fang, Liang; Wang, Lei; Sun, Xiaohua

    2016-12-07

    One-dimensional single-crystal nanostructural nickel selenides were successfully in situ grown on metal nickel foils by two simple one-step solvothermal methods, which formed NiSe/Ni counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The nickel foil acted as the nickel source in the reaction process, a supporting substrate, and an electron transport "speedway". Electrochemical testing indicated that the top 1D single-crystal NiSe exhibited prominent electrocatalytic activity for I3(-) reduction. Due to the metallic conductivity of Ni substrate and the outstanding electrocatalytic activity of single-crystal NiSe, the DSSC based on a NiSe/Ni CE exhibited higher fill factor (FF) and larger short-circuit current density (Jsc) than the DSSC based on Pt/FTO CE. The corresponding power conversion efficiency (6.75%) outperformed that of the latter (6.18%). Moreover, the NiSe/Ni CEs also showed excellent electrochemical stability in the I(-)/I3(-) redox electrolyte. These findings indicated that single-crystal NiSe in situ grown on Ni substrate was a potential candidate to replace Pt/TCO as a cheap and highly efficient counter electrode of DSSC.

  4. Post-plasma treatment of a carbon nanowall for use as a counter electrode in a dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Jung, Yong Ho; Choi, Won Seok [Hanbat National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Byung You [Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    This research investigates plasma-treated carbon nanowalls (CNW) for use as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The CNWs were synthesized on a fluorine-tin-oxide (FTO) glass substrate via microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor-deposition (PECVD) using CH{sub 4} gas. Then, post-plasma treatments were performed on the CNWs in different plasma environments (using O{sub 2}, H{sub 2} and N{sub 2} gas) under the same conditions, after which DSSCs were fabricated using the plasma-treated CNWs as counter electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was performed to obtain cross-sectional and planar images of the CNWs, and Raman spectroscopy was used to analyze the structural characteristics of the post-plasma-treated synthesized CNWs. The energy conversion efficiency was then used to analyze the effect of using the plasma-treated CNWs as counter electrodes in the DSSCs. The DSSC for which the as-deposited CNW was used as a counter electrode showed an energy conversion efficiency of 1.64%, and the DSSC with the H{sub 2} post plasma-treated CNW counter electrode showed an energy conversion efficiency of 2.23%. Thus, the DSSC with the H{sub 2}-treated electrode presented a 36% higher efficiency than the DSSC with the as-deposited CNW electrode.

  5. Pt nanoparticle modified single walled carbon nanotube network electrodes for electrocatalysis: control of the specific surface area over three orders of magnitude

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    Miller, T.S.; Sansuk, S.; Lai, S.C.S.; Macpherson, J.V.; Unwin, P.R.

    2015-01-01

    The electrodeposition of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) on two-dimensional single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) network electrodes is investigated as a means of tailoring electrode surfaces with a well-defined amount of electrocatalytic material. Both Pt NP deposition and electrocatalytic studies are undert

  6. A non-platinum counter electrode, MnNx/C, for dye-sensitized solar cell applications

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    Kushwaha, Suman; M. P., Karthikayini; Wang, Guanxiong; Mandal, Sudip; Bhobe, Preeti. A.; Ramani, Vijay K.; Priolkar, K. R.; Ramanujam, Kothandaraman

    2017-10-01

    A non-platinum metal catalyst, MnNx/C was synthesized via the high-pressure pyrolysis route. The combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) studies indicated the presence of Mn in +2 oxidation state surrounded by four N atoms. The peak-to-peak separation (ΔEp) of the more negative peak pair observed for I3-/I- redox couple over MnNx/C catalyst was 20 mV lower than that of the Pt catalyst, indicating high reversibility of the redox couple over MnNx/C catalyst. The charge transfer resistance of the MnNx/C electrode, as measured by the impedance spectroscopy, is ∼ 2 Ω higher than that of Pt, which resulted slightly lower short circuit current (Jsc) value for MnNx/C over Pt, however the fill factor (FF) and power conversion efficiency (PCE) values of MnNx/C was slightly higher and comparable to that of Pt respectively. Hence; replacing Pt with MnNx/C would decrease the cost of DSSCs.

  7. Electrochemical Decolorization of Reactive Violet 5 Textile Dye using Pt/Ir Electrodes

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    Bahadır K. Körbahti

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Electrochemical decolorization of textile dyeing wastewater containing Reactive Violet 5 (RV5 were investigated at Pt/Ir electrodes in the presence of 75%NaCl+25%Na2CO3 (w/w supporting electrolyte mixture in a batch electrochemical reactor. Experimental parameters were operated in the range of 300-1500 mg/L textile dye concentration, 4-20 g/L 75%NaCl+25%Na2CO3 electrolyte concentration, 5-15 mA/cm2 current density, and 20-60°C reaction temperature in 15 min electrolysis time. Reactive Violet 5 decolorization increased with increasing current density and electrolyte concentration, and decreasing the textile dye concentration. Although a slight increase obtained in color removal efficiency, the temperature was not show much significant effect on decolorization. Depending on electrochemical reaction conditions, Reactive Violet 5 textile dye decolorization were obtained between 42.8-100%.

  8. Detection of dopamine in non-treated urine samples using glassy carbon electrodes modified with PAMAM dendrimer-Pt composites

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    Garcia, M.G. [Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry, Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, S. C., Parque Tecnologico, Queretaro, Sanfandila, Pedro Escobedo 76703, Queretaro (Mexico); Department of Chemistry, Universidad de Guanajuato, Cerro de la Venada S/N Col. Pueblito de Rocha, 36040 Guanajuato, Gto (Mexico); Armendariz, G.M.E.; Godinez, Luis A.; Torres, J. [Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry, Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, S. C., Parque Tecnologico, Queretaro, Sanfandila, Pedro Escobedo 76703, Queretaro (Mexico); Sepulveda-Guzman, S. [Centro de Innovacion, Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ingenieria y Tecnologia, Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Universidad, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, 66451 Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Bustos, E., E-mail: ebustos@cideteq.mx [Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry, Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, S. C., Parque Tecnologico, Queretaro, Sanfandila, Pedro Escobedo 76703, Queretaro (Mexico)

    2011-09-01

    Composites of hydroxyl-terminated PAMAM dendrimers, generation 4.0 (64 peripheral OH groups) containing Pt nanoparticles were synthesized at different reaction times using a microwave reactor. The synthetic procedure resulted in dendrimer encapsulated nanoparticles of Pt (DENs-Pt) of 1.53 {+-} 0.17 nm diameter that was calculated from transmission electron microscopy, and the Pt nanoparticles had single crystal plane in (1 1 1) orientation determinate by selective area diffraction. Each composite was electrochemically immobilized on a pre-functionalized glassy carbon (GC) electrode that was incorporated as a flow injection amperometric (FIA) detector, for the selective detection and quantification of dopamine (DA) in untreated urine samples. Comparison of the analytical performance of the novel electrochemical detector revealed that the DENs-Pt modified GC electrode with the composite synthesized for 30 min in the microwave reactor, showed the best response for the detection of DA in samples of non-treated urine, being the detection and quantification limits smaller (19 and 9 ppb, respectively) than those corresponding to the naked a GC electrode (846 and 423 ppb, respectively) using the FIA detector. In addition, it was found that this electroanalytical approach suffers minimal matrix effects that arise in the analysis of DA in untreated samples of urine.

  9. MoS2 atomic layers with artificial active edge sites as transparent counter electrodes for improved performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Jing; Najmaei, Sina; Lin, Hong; Lou, Jun

    2014-05-21

    A novel MoS2 transparent counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells is reported. In order to enhance the catalytic activity of the electrode, active edge sites are created artificially by patterning holes on MoS2 atomic layers. Electrochemical analysis shows that the electrochemical activity is significantly improved after the patterning of holes. The photon-to-electron efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells based on MoS2 atomic layer counter electrodes is increased remarkably from 2% to 5.8% after the hole patterning.

  10. Electrochemical oxidation of ammonia-containing wastewater using Ti/RuO2-Pt electrode

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    Wei-wu HU

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The electrochemical oxidation degradation processes for artificial and actual wastewater containing ammonia were carried out with a Ti/RuO2-Pt anode and a Ti plate cathode. We studied the effects of different current densities, space sizes between the two electrodes, and amounts of added NaCl on ammonia-containing wastewater treatment. It was shown that, after a 30-min treatment under the optimal conditions, which were a current density of 20 mA/cm2, a space size between the two electrodes of 1 cm, and an added amount of 0.5 g/L of NaCl, the COD concentration in municipal wastewater was 40 mg/L, a removal rate of 90%; and the NH3-N concentration was 7 mg/L, a removal rate of 88.3%. The effluent of municipal wastewater qualified for Class A of the Discharge Standard of Pollutants for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant (GB18918-2002.

  11. Kinetic study of CO oxidation on step decorated Pt(1 1 1) vicinal single crystal electrodes

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    Chen Qingsong [Institute of Electrochemistry, University of Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Feliu, Juan M., E-mail: juan.feliu@ua.es [Institute of Electrochemistry, University of Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Berna, Antonio; Climent, Victor [Institute of Electrochemistry, University of Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Sun Shigang, E-mail: sgsun@xmu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China)

    2011-07-01

    Highlights: > Chronoamperometry has been used to study CO oxidation on Pt stepped surfaces. > Adatoms step decoration allows determination of the role of steps on CO oxidation. > Rate constant decreases after step decoration with adatoms. > Tafel slopes are around 60-90 mV/dec, suggesting a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. - Abstract: In this work, surface modification at atomic level was applied to study the reactivity of step sites on platinum single crystal surfaces. Stepped platinum single crystal electrodes with (1 1 1) terraces separated by monoatomic step sites with different symmetry were decorated with irreversibly adsorbed adatoms, without blocking the terrace sites, and characterized in 0.1 M HClO{sub 4} solution. The kinetics of CO oxidation on the different platinum single crystal planes as well as on the step decorated surfaces has been studied using chronoamperometry. The apparent rate constants, which were determined by fitting the experimental data to a mean-field model, decrease after the steps of platinum single crystal electrodes have been blocked by the adatoms. This behavior indicates that steps are active sites for CO oxidation. Tafel slopes measured from the potential dependence of the apparent rate constants of CO oxidation were similar in all cases. This result demonstrates that the electrochemical oxidation of the CO adlayer on all the surfaces follows the same Langmuir-Hinshelwood model, irrespectively of step modification.

  12. Improving the efficiency of quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells by optimizing the growth time of the CuS counter electrode

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    Sunesh, Chozhidakath Damodharan; Gopi, Chandu V. V. M.; Muthalif, Mohammed Panthakkal Abdul; Kim, Hee-Je; Choe, Youngson

    2017-09-01

    CuS counter electrodes (CEs) were prepared to fabricate efficient quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) based on a CdS/CdSe photo sensitizer. The CEs were prepared on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate by a facile chemical bath deposition (CBD) method by dissolving CuSO4·5H2O and CH3CSNH2 in water, followed by adding 0.25 mM polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The CBD was performed at 60 °C for 1 h, 2 h, and 3 h, and the samples were labeled as CuS 1 h, CuS 2 h, and CuS 3 h, respectively. The QDSSCs were assembled using prepared CuS CEs and a TiO2/CdS/CdSe/ZnS photoanode, and the effect of the growth time of CuS CEs on the QDSSC performance was investigated. As the CuS growth time increases, the short-circuit current density (Jsc), fill factor (FF), and open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the QDSSCs gradually increases, leading to an enhanced power conversion efficiency (η). QDSSCs that use the CuS 2 h CE exhibit a high Jsc of 14.31 mA cm-2, Voc of 0.603 V, and FF of 0.49, which are higher than that using conventional Pt electrodes as well as CuS 1 h and CuS 3 h electrodes. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results show that the CuS 2 h CE exhibits an inferior charge transfer resistance of only 2.93 Ω, which is 33 times lesser than that of the Pt CE. The enhanced device performance of CuS 2 h is ascribed to the high catalytic activity and low charge transfer resistance of the CuS CE in the reduction process of oxidized polysulfide. Consequently, a superior power conversion efficiency of 4.27% is achieved for QDSSCs utilizing CuS 2 h.

  13. Design of an organic redox mediator and optimization of an organic counter electrode for efficient transparent bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Li, Xiong; Ku, Zhiliang; Rong, Yaoguang; Liu, Guanghui; Liu, Linfeng; Liu, Tongfa; Hu, Min; Yang, Ying; Wang, Heng; Xu, Mi; Xiang, Peng; Han, Hongwei

    2012-11-07

    A new thiolate/disulfide mediator was designed and synthesized by employing DFT calculations as a guide. It possesses high transparency to visible light, a very attractive feature for bifacially active transparent DSCs that require a highly transparent counter electrode (CE). Compared to the reported and most promising thiolate/disulfide mediator T(-)/T(2), this new analogous mediator produced a major enhancement in open circuit potential (V(OC)) by about 40 mV and correspondingly a higher power conversion efficiency (η) for DSCs. Furthermore, a highly uniform and transparent (transmittance > 91%) poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT(BE)) CE was prepared and could efficiently catalyze the reduction of the disulfide. Based on the novel transparent redox couple and PEDOT(BE) CE, a new type of iodine-free and Pt-free transparent bifacial DSC was successfully fabricated. This new bifacial device could not only yield a promising front-illuminated η of 6.07%, but also produce an attractive η as high as 4.35% for rear-side irradiation, which exceeds the rear-illuminated η of 3.93% achieved for the same type of device, employing the dark-colored I(-)/I(3)(-) electrolyte.

  14. Rapid sintering of MoS2 counter electrode using near-infrared pulsed laser for use in highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Jeong, Hansol; Kim, Jae-Yup; Koo, Bonkee; Son, Hae Jung; Kim, Dongwhan; Ko, Min Jae

    2016-10-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a promising material for use as a low-cost electrocatalytic counter electrode (CE) in photoelectrochemical dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). However, currently, the MoS2 CEs are generally prepared with a high temperature sintering for the synthesis and crystallization of MoS2. Here, we report a simple and rapid method for the preparation of highly efficient MoS2 CEs. The MoS2 films were synthesized at 70 °C, followed by sintering with a near-infrared (IR) pulsed laser for 1 min. Compared to the conventional heat-sintered MoS2 CE, the laser-sintered CE showed enhanced crystallinity and improved interconnection between the MoS2 particles, resulting in superior electrocatalytic activity towards the I-/I3- redox couple. When used in a DSSC, the laser-sintered MoS2 CE exhibited a higher conversion efficiency (η = 7.19%) compared to that of the heat-sintered CE (η = 5.96%). Furthermore, the laser-sintered CE had a comparable conversion efficiency compared to that of the conventional Pt CE (η = 7.42%).

  15. Synthesis of Pt-Ni-Fe/CNT/CP nanocomposite as an electrocatalytic electrode for PEM fuel cell cathode

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    Litkohi, Hajar Rajaei; Bahari, Ali; Ojani, Reza

    2017-08-01

    In order to use carbon nanotube (CNT)-supported catalyst as fuel cell electrodes, Pt-Ni-Fe/CNT/carbon paper (CP) electrode was prepared using an ethylene glycol reduction method. CNTs were directly synthesized on Ni-impregnated carbon paper, plain carbon cloth, and Teflonized carbon cloth using chemical vapor deposition. FESEM and TEM images and thermogravimetric analysis indicated that in situ CNT on carbon paper (ICNT/CP) possesses more appropriate structural quality and stronger adhesion to the substrate than other substrates. The contact angle analysis demonstrated that the degree of ICNT/CP surface hydrophobicity encountered a 24% increase in comparison to CP and promoted to superhydrophobicity from hydrophobicity. The polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results of the loaded Pt-Ni-Fe on in situ and ex situ CNT/CP illustrated that the power density increased and charge transfer resistance reduced compared to commercial Pt/C loaded on CP. The results can be attributed to the outstanding properties of CNTs and high catalytic activity of triple catalysts causing alloying of Pt with Ni and Fe, which makes them a proper candidate to be used as cathode electrodes in proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  16. Fabrication and Evaluation of Low-cost Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 Counter Electrodes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Jie Shen; Dingwen Zhang; Junjie Li; Xiaodong Li; Zhuo Sun; Sumei Huang

    2013-01-01

    We explore a simple and eco-friendly approach for preparing CZTS powders and a screen-printing process for Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanoparticles have been synthesized via a hydrazine-free solvothermal approach without the assistance of organic ligands. CZTS has been prepared by directly drop-casting the CZTS ink on the cleaned FTO glass, while CZTSSe CEs have been fabricated by screen-printing CZTS pastes, followed by post selenization using Se vapor obtained from elemental Se pellets. The crystal structure, composition and morphology of the as-deposited CZTS nanoparticles and CZTSSe electrodes are characterized by X-ray diffractometer, energy dispersive spectrometer, field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties of CZTS, CZTSSe and Pt CE based DSCs are examined and analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The prepared CZTS and CZTSSe CEs exhibit a cellular structure with high porosity. DSCs fabricated with CZTSSe CEs achieve a power conversion efficiency of 5.75% under AM 1.5 G illumination with an intensity of 100 mW/cm2, which is higher than that (3.22%) of the cell using the CZTS CE. The results demonstrate that the CZTSSe CE possesses good electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of charge carriers in electrolyte. The comprehensive CZTSSe CE process is cheap and scalable. It can make large-scale electro-catalytic film fabrication cost competitive for both energy harvesting and storage applications.

  17. Effects of Nanowire Length and Surface Roughness on the Electrochemical Sensor Properties of Nafion-Free, Vertically Aligned Pt Nanowire Array Electrodes

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    Zhiyang Li

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, vertically aligned Pt nanowire arrays (PtNWA with different lengths and surface roughnesses were fabricated and their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 detection was studied. The nanowire arrays were synthesized by electroplating Pt in nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO template. Different parameters, such as current density and deposition time, were precisely controlled to synthesize nanowires with different surface roughnesses and various lengths from 3 μm to 12 μm. The PtNWA electrodes showed better performance than the conventional electrodes modified by Pt nanowires randomly dispersed on the electrode surface. The results indicate that both the length and surface roughness can affect the sensing performance of vertically aligned Pt nanowire array electrodes. Generally, longer nanowires with rougher surfaces showed better electrochemical sensing performance. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA presented the largest sensitivity (654 μA·mM−1·cm−2 among all the nanowires studied, and showed a limit of detection of 2.4 μM. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA electrode also showed good anti-interference property from chemicals that are typically present in the biological samples such as ascorbic, uric acid, citric acid, and glucose. The sensing performance in real samples (river water was tested and good recovery was observed. These Nafion-free, vertically aligned Pt nanowires with surface roughness control show great promise as versatile electrochemical sensors and biosensors.

  18. Electrochemical Detection of Hydroxylamine via Au-Pt Alloy Nanoparticle-modified Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Electrodes.

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    Geng, Yanfang; Ko, Euna; Tran, Van-Khue; Chung, Woo Sung; Park, Chan Ho; Kim, Min Ki; Jin, Ga Hyun; Seong, Gi Hun

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, we developed an electrochemical sensor for highly sensitive detection of hydroxylamine using Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles. Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles were electrochemically deposited on a working electrode made of single-walled carbon nanotubes. The framework composition in the Au-Pt alloy nanoparticle was easily controlled by adjusting the Au(3+):Pt(4+) composition ratio in the precursor solution. Morphological and chemical characterizations of the resulting Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles were performed using field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy. When the Au(3+):Pt(4+) ratio in the precursor solution was 1:5, the ratio of Au:Pt atom in alloy nanoparticle was about 6:4. Au60Pt40 alloy nanoparticles were found to have the optimum synthetic ratio for hydroxylamine detection. The electrocatalytic performance of Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles in the presence of hydroxylamine was also characterized using cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, and chronoamperometry. In the chronoamperometric detection of hydroxylamine, the sensor exhibited a detection limit of 0.80 μM (S/N = 3) and a high sensitivity of 184 μA mM(-1) cm(-2). Moreover, the amperometric response of the sensor in 1 mM hydroxylamine was stable for a long time (450 s). Long-term stability tests showed that the current responses to hydroxylamine were 96, 91 and 85% of the initial signal value after storage for 5, 10, and 20 days, respectively.

  19. Influence of Cu vacancy on knit coir mat structured CuS as counter electrode for quantum dot sensitized solar cells.

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    Savariraj, A Dennyson; Viswanathan, Kodakkal Kannan; Prabakar, Kandasamy

    2014-11-26

    Knit-coir-mat-like structured CuS thin films prepared by chemical bath deposition with different time duration were used as counter electrode in qunatum dot sensitized solar cells. The film deposited at 4 h exhibited better electrochemical and photovoltaic performance with JSC, VOC, and FF values of 14.584 mA cm(-2), 0.566 V, and 54.57% and efficiency of 4.53%. From the UV-vis absorption spectra, it is observed that CuS thin film exhibits free carrier intraband absorption in the longer wavelengh region. The enhanced performance of CuS counter electrodes is due to Cu vacancies with increased S composition, and the quasi-Fermi energy level in semiconductors with respect to electrolyte redox potential is one of the causes that affects the electrocatalytic activity of counter electrodes.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of natural dye and counter electrode thin films with different carbon materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chang, Ho; Chen, Tien-Li; Kao, Mu-Jung; Chen, Chih-Hao; Chien, Shu-Hua; Jiang, Lii-Jenq

    2011-08-01

    This study aims to deal with the film of the counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and the preparation, structure and characteristics of the extract of natural dye. This study adopts different commercial carbon materials such as black lead, carbon black and self-made TiO2-MWCNT compound nanoparticle as the film of the counter electrodes. Moreover, for the preparation of natural dyes, anthocyanins and chlorophyll dyes are extracted from mulberry and pomegranate respectively. Furthermore, the extracted anthocyanins and chlorophyll are blended into cocktail dye to complete the preparation of natural dye. Results show that the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the single-layer TiO2-MWCNT counter electrode film and the cocktail dye of the DSSCs is 0.462%.

  1. Dielectric and magnetic characterizations of capacitor structures with an ionic liquid/MgO barrier and a ferromagnetic Pt electrode

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    D. Hayakawa

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The dielectric and magnetic properties of electric double layer (EDL capacitor structures with a perpendicularly magnetized Pt/Co/Pt electrode and an insulating cap layer (MgO are investigated. An electric field is applied through a mixed ionic liquid/MgO barrier to the surface of the top Pt layer, at which the magnetic moment is induced by the ferromagnetic proximity effect. The basic dielectric properties of the EDL capacitor are studied by varying the thickness of the MgO cap layer. The results indicate that the capacitance, i.e., the accumulated charge density at the Pt surface, is reduced with increasing the MgO thickness. From the MgO thickness dependence of the capacitance value, the effective dielectric constant of the ionic liquid is evaluated. Almost no electric field effect on the magnetic moment, the coercivity, or the Curie temperature is confirmed in the top Pt layer with the thickness of 1.3 nm, regardless of the presence or absence of the MgO cap layer, whereas the a clear change in the magnetic moment is observed when the top Pt layer is replaced by a Pd layer of 1.7 nm.

  2. Electrocatalytic performance of Pt/Ru/Sn/W fullerene electrode for methanol oxidation in direct methanol fuel cell

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    Mohammad Karimi; Forouzan Aboufazeli; Hamid Reza Lotfi Zadeh Zhad; Omid Sadeghi; Ezzatollah Najafi

    2013-01-01

    In this work,fullerene was modified by platinum,ruthenium,tin and tungsten nanoparticles.The material was characterized by XRD,ICP-OES and TEM micrograph.The average nanoparticle size on fullerene was 5 ~ 8 nm.The application of this material was investigated as a catalyst for methanol oxidation in direct methanol fuel cell.A glassy carbon electrode was modified by Pt/Ru/Sn/W fullerene and electrocatalytic activity of the electrode toward methanol oxidation in basic medium has been demonstrated and investigated using cyclic voltammetry.The catalyst showed good reactivity for methanol oxidation.

  3. Preliminary study on zinc-air battery using zinc regeneration electrolysis with propanol oxidation as a counter electrode reaction

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    Wen, Yue-Hua; Cheng, Jie; Ning, Shang-Qi; Yang, Yu-Sheng

    A zinc-air battery using zinc regeneration electrolysis with propanol oxidation as a counter electrode reaction is reported in this paper. It possesses functions of both zincate reduction and electrochemical preparation, showing the potential for increasing the electronic energy utilization. Charge/discharge tests and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs reveal that when a nickel sheet plated with the high-H 2-overpotential metal, cadmium, was used as the negative substrate electrode, the dendritic formation and hydrogen evolution are suppressed effectively, and granular zinc deposits become larger but relatively dense with the increase of charge time. The performance of batteries is favorable even if the charge time is as long as 5 h at the current density of 20 mA cm -2. Better discharge performance is achieved using a 'cavity-opening' configuration for the discharge cell rather than a 'gas-introducing' configuration. The highest energy efficiency is up to 59.2%. That is, the energy consumed by organic electro-synthesis can be recovered by 59.2%. Cyclic voltammograms show that the sintered nickel electrode exhibits a good electro-catalysis activity for the propanol oxidation. The increase of propanol concentration conduces to an enhancement in the organic electro-synthesis efficiency. The organic electro-synthesis current efficiency of 82% can be obtained.

  4. Adsorption and hydrogenation of simple alkenes at Pt-group metal electrodes studied by DEMS: influence of the crystal orientation

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    Müller, Ulrich; Schmiemann, Udo; Dülberg, Andreas; Baltruschat, Helmut

    1995-07-01

    The adsorption of ethene and cyclohexene on mono-and polycrystalline Pt and on polycrystalline Pd electrodes was studied using differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS). Both molecules are partially hydrated to an oxygen containing species upon adsorption on Pt. In the case of ethene, this species dissociated to methane and adsorbed CO at negative potentials. Another part of the adsorbed ethene can be cathodically desorbed as ethane and butane. The ratio of the various species formed strongly depends on crystal orientation and adsorption potential. Contrary to heterogenous gas phase hydrogenation (and also contrary to some earlier reports on electrochemical hydrogenation), the rate of the Faradaic hydrogenation reaction is also strongly dependent on the crystallographic orientation, being faster on Pt(110) or roughened surfaces. During hydrogenation, H/D exchange occurs to an appreciable degree, suggesting the participation of adsorbed intermediates.

  5. In situ chemical vapor deposition growth of carbon nanotubes on hollow CoFe2O4 as an efficient and low cost counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Yuan, Hong; Jiao, Qingze; Zhang, Shenli; Zhao, Yun; Wu, Qin; Li, Hansheng

    2016-09-01

    The composites of hollow CoFe2O4 and carbon nanotubes (h-CoFe2O4@CNTs) are successfully prepared by using a simple hydrothermal process coupling with the in-situ chemical vapor deposition (CVD) as electrocatalytic materials for counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells. The CNTs are uniformly grown on the surface of hollow CoFe2O4 particles verified by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) measurements. The electrochemical performances of hollow CoFe2O4@CNTs composites are evaluated by the EIS, Tafel polarization and CV measurements, and exhibiting high electrocatalytic performance for the reduction of triiodide. The presence of conductive polypyrrole nanoparticles could further improve the conductivity and catalytic performance of the resultant composites. Controlling the thickness of composites film, the optimum photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 6.55% is obtained, which is comparable to that of the cells fabricated with Pt counter electrode (6.61%). In addition, the composites exhibit a good long-term electrochemical stability in I3-/I- electrolyte.

  6. “Brick-like” N-doped graphene/carbon nanotube structure forming three-dimensional films as high performance metal-free counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ma, Jie; Li, Cheng; Yu, Fei; Chen, Junhong

    2015-01-01

    The "brick-like" N-doped graphene-carbon nanotube (NGC) composites are designed by mechanically grinding the filtration films, which are fabricated to form a three-dimensional structure film as a counter electrode (CE). The N-doped graphene/carbon nanotube films with a three-dimensional "brick-like" structure can provide numerous vertical active edge sites. The excellent electrochemical catalytic activities of CE can be obtained by adjusting the different ratio of graphene to CNTs to control the size and N-doping content of breaking particles. NGC17 CE based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have reached a high efficiency (6.74%) close to platinum-based cells (6.89%). The excellent efficiency may be attributed to the following factors: a) the ΔEP of NGC17 (304 mV) is lower than that of the Pt electrode (389 mV); b) the charge transfer resistance (Rct) at the NGC17-CE/electrolyte interface was 1.78 Ω cm-2, which is lower than that of a Pt-CE/electrolyte interface (8.97 Ω cm-2).

  7. Miniature Fuel Cell With Monolithically Fabricated Si Electrodes - Au-Pd-Pt Multilayer Catalyst -

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    Shirai, Ryo; Vasiljevic, N.; Hayase, Masanori

    2016-11-01

    A novel catalyst layer structure is proposed for our miniature fuel cells. In our fuel cells, conventionally porous Pt was used as a catalyst layer. In order to reduce the Pt amount, instead of porous Pt, porous Pd was formed on a Si chip and Pt was deposited atomically on the Pd by UPD-SLRR(Under Potential Deposition - Surface Limited Redox Replacement). The Pd- Pt catalyst showed satisfying performance, besides high CO tolerance was observed. Though the Pd-Pt catalyst is quite promising, Pd is also a rare metal and reduction of Pd amount is necessary. In this study, a novel Au-Pd-Pt catalyst formation strategy is proposed by UPD-SLRR, and the layered structure is preliminary fabricated.

  8. Metal-Free Counter Electrode for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells through High Surface Area and Large Porous Carbon

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    Pavuluri Srinivasu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Highly efficient, large mesoporous carbon is fabricated as a metal-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells. The mesoporous carbon shows very high energy conversion efficiency of 7.1% compared with activated carbon. The mesoporous carbon is prepared and characterized by nitrogen adsorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The nitrogen adsorption data reveals that the material possesses BET specific surface area ca.1300 m2/g and pore diameter 4.4 nm. Hexagonal rod-like morphology and ordered pore structure of mesoporous carbon are confirmed by electron microscopy data. The better performance of this carbon material is greatly benefited from its ordered interconnected mesoporous structure and high surface area.

  9. Poly(3,3-dibenzyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-thieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxepine/Platinum Composite Films as Potential Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Jung-Chuan Chou

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    Full Text Available In this study, poly(3,3-dibenzyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-thieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxepine/platinum composite films (PProDOT-Bz2/Pt were used as counter electrodes (CEs in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. The composite films were prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO glass by radio frequency (RF sputtering to deposit platinum (Pt for 30 s. Afterwards, PProDOT-Bz2 was deposited on the Pt–FTO glass via electrochemical polymerization. The electron transfer process of DSSCs was investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS and cyclic voltammetry (CV. The DSSCs with 0.05 C/cm2 PProDOT-Bz2-Pt composite films showed an open circuit voltage (Voc of 0.70 V, a short-circuit current density (Jsc of 7.27 mA/cm2, and a fill factor (F.F. of 68.74%. This corresponded to a photovoltaic conversion efficiency (η of 3.50% under a light intensity of 100 mW/cm2.

  10. Nickel doped cobalt sulfide as a high performance counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Hee-Je; Kim, Chul-Woo; Punnoose, Dinah; Gopi, Chandu. V. V. M.; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Prabakar, K.; Rao, S. Srinivasa

    2015-02-01

    The use of cells based on cobalt sulfide (CoS2) and nickel sulfide (NiS) has found a steep upsurge in solar cell applications and as a substitute for conventional Pt-based cells owing to their low cost, low-temperature processing ability, and promising electro-catalytic activity. In this study, CoS2, NiS and Ni-doped CoS2 nanoparticles were incorporated on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by simple chemical bath deposition (CBD). The surface morphology of the obtained films was analyzed by scanning electron microscope. Tafel polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammograms of the Ni-doped CoS2 (Ni 15%) films indicated enhanced electro-catalytic activity for I3- reduction in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) compared to a Pt CE. The Ni-doped CoS2 CE also showed an impressive photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5.50% under full sunlight illumination (100 mW cm-2, AM 1.5 G), exceeding that of DSSCs using a Pt CE (5.21%). We show that the highest conversion efficiency mainly depends on the charge transfer resistance and adequate Ni ion doping with CoS2 nanoparticles.

  11. Advanced cathode materials for polymer electrolyte fuel cells based on pt/ metal oxides: from model electrodes to catalyst systems.

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    Fabbri, Emiliana; Pătru, Alexandra; Rabis, Annett; Kötz, Rüdiger; Schmidt, Thomas J

    2014-01-01

    The development of stable catalyst systems for application at the cathode side of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) requires the substitution of the state-of-the-art carbon supports with materials showing high corrosion resistance in a strongly oxidizing environment. Metal oxides in their highest oxidation state can represent viable support materials for the next generation PEFC cathodes. In the present work a multilevel approach has been adopted to investigate the kinetics and the activity of Pt nanoparticles supported on SnO2-based metal oxides. Particularly, model electrodes made of SnO2 thin films supporting Pt nanoparticles, and porous catalyst systems made of Pt nanoparticles supported on Sb-doped SnO2 high surface area powders have been investigated. The present results indicate that SnO2-based supports do not modify the oxygen reduction reaction mechanism on the Pt nanoparticle surface, but rather lead to catalysts with enhanced specific activity compared to Pt/carbon systems. Different reasons for the enhancement in the specific activity are considered and discussed.

  12. Pulse-reverse electrodeposition of transparent nickel phosphide film with porous nanospheres as a cost-effective counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wu, Mao-Sung; Wu, Jia-Fang

    2013-12-01

    A Ni2P nanolayer with porous nanospheres was directly coated on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by pulse-reverse deposition as a low-cost counter electrode catalyst for dye-sensitized solar cells, and the photoelectron conversion efficiency of the cell was increased to 7.32% by using a porous nanosphere catalyst due to the significantly improved ion transport.

  13. In-situ growth of antimony sulfide in carbon nanoparticle matrix: Enhanced electrocatalytic activity as counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Sun, Panpan; Zhang, Ming; Ai, Changzhi; Wu, Zhixin; Lu, Shuang; Zhang, Xintong; Huang, Niu; Sun, Yihua; Sun, Xiaohua

    2016-07-01

    Considering the undesirable electrocatalytic activity toward I-/I3- redox system of prinstine antimony sulfide (Sb2S3) fabricated with the existing conditions, a mesoporous carbon nanoparticle film (CNP) is introduced here for in-situ growth of Sb2S3 to construct a Sb2S3@CNP hybrid catalyst. Based on a Sb-thiourea precursor solution, in-situ growth of Sb2S3 can be achieved via solution deposition (denoted as Sb2S3@CNP-S) as well as atmospheric pressure thermal evaporation (denoted as Sb2S3@CNP-T) in CNP matrix. Structural characterizations indicate that Sb2S3 particles have well dispersed in the pores of CNP matrix. Because of the introduction of porous and conductive CNP matrix to support Sb2S3, the hybrid catalyst exhibits lower charge transfer resistance at the catalyst/electrolyte interface and higher electrocatalytic activity. When used as counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), devices using Sb2S3@CNP hybrid catalyst as CE produce fill factor of 67.6% and 66.3%, which is significantly higher than that using pristine Sb2S3 fabricated in our previous work (52.8%). Finally, the corresponding power conversion efficiencies reach 6.69% (Sb2S3@CNP-S) and 6.24% (Sb2S3@CNP-T), respectively, which are comparable to that using Pt CE measured under the same conditions (6.74%).

  14. FeS/nickel foam as stable and efficient counter electrode material for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Geng, Huifang; Zhu, Liqun; Li, Weiping; Liu, Huicong; Quan, Linlin; Xi, Fanxing; Su, Xunwen

    2015-05-01

    A stable and efficient FeS/nickel foam (NF) counter electrode for quantum dots-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) is first fabricated by electrochemistry deposition and characterized with scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), current voltage and impedance spectroscopy. The QDSC based on FeS/NF CE achieves a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.39% attributing to the high fill factor (FF) of 0.58, and the PCE is much higher than that of based on FeS/FTO CE (2.76%) and other reported FeS CEs (1.76% and 3.34%). The phenomenon that the electrode can transform between FeS/NF (in the polysulfide electrolyte) and Fe2O3/NF (in the air) spontaneously is first reported. And the excellent stability in photoelectric performance of the CE is also demonstrated in the present work. Therefore, the FeS/NF is very promising as a stable and efficient CE for QDSCs.

  15. Correlação entre a estrutura atômica superficial e o processo de adsorção-dessorção reversível de hidrogênio em eletrodos monocristalinos Pt(111, Pt(100 e Pt(110 The correlation between the atomic surface structure and the reversible adsorption-desorption of hydrogen on single crystal Pt (111, Pt (100 and Pt (110 electrodes

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    Valderi Pacheco dos Santos

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Platinum is widely used as electrode in electrocatalytic processes, however the use of polycrystalline electrodes introduces a series of variables in the electrochemical system due to the aleatory contribution of all the crystallographic orientations with different surface packing of atoms. Single crystal platinum electrodes of low Miller index present surface structure of high regularity and serve as model to establish a correlation among the macroscopic and microscopic properties of the electrochemical interface. Therefore, the main aim of this work is the study of the voltammetric profiles of the reversible adsorption-desorption of hydrogen on Pt(100, Pt(110 and Pt(111, in order to correlate the electrochemical properties of each different orientation with the surface atomic structure.

  16. Detection of Zearalenone Using a Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect-Transistor-Based Biosensor Employing a Pt Reference Electrode

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    Lim, Byounghyun; Cho, Byunghyun; Shin, Jang-Kyoo; Choi, Ho-Jin; Seo, Sang-Ho; Choi, Sung-Wook; Chun, Hyang Sook

    2009-06-01

    We have fabricated a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistor (MOSFET)-based biosensor for the detection of zearalenone using a standard complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process. Au was used as the gate metal to immobilize a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) made of mercaptohexadecanoic acid (MHDA). The SAM was used to immobilize anti-zearalenone antibody. The carboxyl group of the SAM was bound to the anti-zearalenone antibody. Anti-zearalenone antibody and zearalenone were bound by an antigen-antibody reaction. The measurements were performed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS; pH 7.4) solution. A Pt electrode was employed as a reference electrode. The gate voltage of the sensor was applied using the Pt reference electrode. The binding of the SAM, anti-zearalenone antibody, and zearalenone caused a variation in the drain current of the MOSFET-based biosensor. To verify the interaction among the SAM, anti-zearalenone antibody, and zearalenone, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) measurements were performed.

  17. In situ synthesis of binary cobalt-ruthenium nanofiber alloy counter electrode for electrolyte-free cadmium sulfide quantum dot solar cells

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    Du, Nan; Ren, Lei; Sun, Weifu; Jin, Xiao; Zhao, Qing; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Wei, Taihuei; Li, Qinghua

    2015-06-01

    A facile, low-cost and low-temperature fabrication approach of counter electrode is essential for pursuing robust photovoltaic devices. Herein, we develop a hydrothermal in situ growth of Cobalt-Ruthenium (Co-Ru) alloy nanofiber electrode for quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) applications. Colloidal CdS QDs with tunable absorption band edge are synthesized and used as light absorber. After optimizing the QDs with the highest photoluminescence quantum yield accompanied by considerable solar light absorption ability, QDSC based on Co-Ru alloy electrode delivers a much higher power conversion efficiency than its counterparts, i.e., either pure Co or Ru metal electrodes. In detail, Co-Ru alloy electrode exhibits high specific area, excellent electrical behavior, intimate interface contact, and good stability, thus leading to notable improved device performances. The impressive robust function of Co-Ru alloy with simple manufacturing procedure highlights its potential applications in robust QDSCs.

  18. Preparation and Electrocatalytic Activities of Pt-TiO2 Nanotubes Electrode%Pt-TiO2纳米管电极的制备及电催化性能

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    雷斌; 薛建军; 秦亮

    2007-01-01

    The Pt-TiO2 nanotubes electrode consisting of Pt nanoparticles dispersed over a nanotubular TiO2 was prepared using the method of electrochemical anodic oxidation followed by cathodic reduction. SEM results show that the nanotubular TiO2 layer consists of average individual tubes of 100 nm diameter, 470 nm length and 20 nm wall thickness. This nanotubular TiO2 support provides a high surface area and the Pt-TiO2 nanotubes electrode owns plenty of active points and well electrocatalytic property based on the exposed platinum particles with very small diameters. It obviously enhances the electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation compared to those of pure Pt and Pt-TiO2 electrode (immobilized on a compact TiO2 support with the same Pt loading), and the oxidation current densities on Pt-TiO2 nanotubes electrode are over 20 times than that on pure platinum electrode.%采用电化学阳极氧化-阴极还原法制备Pt-TiO2纳米管电极.扫描电镜(SEM)结果显示TiO2纳米管平均管径100nm,管长470nm,管壁厚20nm,且其比表面积大,同时纳米Pt微粒分散在TiO2纳米管上,且粒径细小,Pt微粒充分裸露,使得Pt-TiO2纳米管电极活性点多,电催化性能高.对甲醇的电催化性能测试表明:同纯Pt电极和Pt-TiO2电极(Pt微粒固定在TiO2致密膜上)相比,Pt-TiO2纳米管电极对甲醇具有更高的电催化活性,其氧化峰电流密度是在纯Pt片电极上的20倍以上.

  19. Nickel nanocrystals grown on sparse hierarchical CuS microflowers as high-performance counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Shi, Zhaoliang; Zhou, Wei; Ma, Yiran

    2016-07-01

    Three kinds of hierarchical CuS microflowers composed of thin nanosheets have been synthesized by a simple wet chemical method. It is shown that the CuS microflowers provide suitable substrates to grow nickel nanocrystals. The prepared Ni@CuS hybrids combined with conductive glass (FTO) have been used as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The electrode made of the active material of Ni@CuS microflowers with sparsest petals show an optimal photoelectric conversion efficiency of 4.89%, better than those made of single component of Ni (3.39%) or CuS (1.65%), and other two Ni@CuS composites. The improved performances could be ascribed to the synergetic effect of the catalytic effect towards I3‑/I‑ from sparse CuS hierarchical structure and uniformly grown Ni nanocrystals. Besides, the introduced Ni nanocrystals could increase the conductivity of the hybrid and facilitate the transport of electrons. The hybrid Ni@CuS composites serving as counter electrodes have much enhanced electrochemical properties, which provide a feasible route to develop high-active non-noble hybrid counter electrode materials.

  20. Investigation of Coral-Like Cu2O Nano/Microstructures as Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Chih-Hung Tsai

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a chemical oxidation method was employed to fabricate coral-like Cu2O nano/microstructures on Cu foils as counter electrodes (CEs for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. The Cu2O nano/microstructures were prepared at various sintering temperatures (400, 500, 600 and 700 °C to investigate the influences of the sintering temperature on the DSSC characteristics. First, the Cu foil substrates were immersed in an aqueous solution containing (NH42S2O8 and NaOH. After reacting at 25 °C for 30 min, the Cu substrates were converted to Cu(OH2 nanostructures. Subsequently, the nanostructures were subjected to nitrogen sintering, leading to Cu(OH2 being dehydrated into CuO, which was then deoxidized to form coral-like Cu2O nano/microstructures. The material properties of the Cu2O CEs were comprehensively determined using a scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, X-ray diffractometer, Raman spectrometer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscope, and cyclic voltameter. The Cu2O CEs sintered at various temperatures were used in DSSC devices and analyzed according to the current density–voltage characteristics, incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency, and electrochemical impedance characteristics. The Cu2O CEs sintered at 600 °C exhibited the optimal electrode properties and DSSC performance, yielding a power conversion efficiency of 3.62%. The Cu2O CEs fabricated on Cu foil were generally mechanically flexible and could therefore be applied to flexible DSSCs.

  1. Multiwalled carbon nanotube coated polyester fabric as textile based flexible counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cell.

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    Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Sun, Kyung Chul; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2015-05-21

    Textile wearable electronics offers the combined advantages of both electronics and textile characteristics. The essential properties of these flexible electronics such as lightweight, stretchable, and wearable power sources are in strong demand. Here, we have developed a facile route to fabricate multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) coated polyester fabric as a flexible counter electrode (CE) for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A variety of MWCNT and enzymes with different structures were used to generate individual enzyme-dispersed MWCNT (E-MWCNT) suspensions by non-covalent functionalization. A highly concentrated colloidal suspension of E-MWCNT was deposited on polyester fabric via a simple tape casting method using an air drying technique. In view of the E-MWCNT coating, the surface structure is represented by topologically randomly assembled tubular graphene units. This surface morphology has a high density of colloidal edge states and oxygen-containing surface groups which execute multiple catalytic sites for iodide reduction. A highly conductive E-MWCNT coated fabric electrode with a surface resistance of 15 Ω sq(-1) demonstrated 5.69% power conversion efficiency (PCE) when used as a flexible CE for DSSCs. High photo voltaic performance of our suggested system of E-MWCNT fabric-based DSSCs is associated with high sheet conductivity, low charge transfer resistance (RCT), and excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA). Such a conductive fabric demonstrated stable conductivity against bending cycles and strong mechanical adhesion of E-MWCNT on polyester fabric. Moreover, the polyester fabric is hydrophobic and, therefore, has good sealing capacity and retains the polymer gel electrolyte without seepage. This facile E-MWCNT fabric CE configuration provides a concrete fundamental background towards the development of textile-integrated solar cells.

  2. A highly order-structured membrane electrode assembly with vertically aligned carbon nanotubes for ultra-low Pt loading PEM fuel cells

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    Tian, Zhi Qun; Lim, San Hua; Poh, Chee Kok; Lin, Jianyi [Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, 1 Pesek Road, Jurong Island, Singapore 627833 (Singapore); Tang, Zhe; Chua, Daniel [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Xia, Zetao [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, 3 Research Link, Singapore 117602 (Singapore); Luo, Zhiqiang; Shen, Zexiang [Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 637371 Singapore (Singapore); Shen, Pei Kang [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, and Key Laboratory of Low-carbon Chemistry and Energy Conservation of Guangdong Province, School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Feng, Yuan Ping [Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2011-11-15

    A simple method was developed to prepare ultra-low Pt loading membrane electrode assembly (MEA) using vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) as highly ordered catalyst support for PEM fuel cells application. In the method, VACNTs were directly grown on the cheap household aluminum foil by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), using Fe/Co bimetallic catalyst. By depositing a Pt thin layer on VACNTs/Al and subsequent hot pressing, Pt/VACNTs can be 100% transferred from Al foil onto polymer electrolyte membrane for the fabrication of MEA. The whole transfer process does not need any chemical removal and destroy membrane. The PEM fuel cell with the MEA fabricated using this method showed an excellent performance with ultra-low Pt loading down to 35 {mu}g cm{sup -2} which was comparable to that of the commercial Pt catalyst on carbon powder with 400 {mu}g cm{sup -2}. To the best of our knowledge, for the first time, we identified that it is possible to substantially reduce the Pt loading one order by application of order-structured electrode based on VACNTs as Pt catalysts support, compared with the traditional random electrode at a comparable performance through experimental and mathematical methods. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. In situ direct growth of single crystalline metal (Co, Ni) selenium nanosheets on metal fibers as counter electrodes toward low-cost, high-performance fiber-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Liang; Yin, Hexing; Zhou, Yong; Dai, Hui; Yu, Tao; Liu, Jianguo; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-01-28

    Highly crystalline metal (Co, Ni) selenium (Co0.85Se or Ni0.85Se) nanosheets were in situ grown on metal (Co, Ni) fibers (M-M0.85Se). Both M-M0.85Se (Co-Co0.85Se and Ni-Ni0.85Se) fibers prove to function as excellent, low-cost counter electrodes (CEs) in fiber-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells (FDSSCs) with high power conversion efficiency (Co-Co0.85Se 6.55% and Ni-Ni0.85Se 7.07%), comparable or even superior to a Pt fiber CE (6.54%). The good performance of the present Pt-free CE-based solar cell was believed to originate from: (1) the intrinsic electrocatalytic properties of the single-crystalline M-M0.85Se; (2) the enough void space among M0.85Se nanosheets that allows easier redox ion diffusion; (3) the two-dimensional morphology that provides a large contact area between the CE catalytic material and electrolyte; (4) in situ direct growth of the M0.85Se on metal fibers that renders good electrical contact between the active material and the electron collector.

  4. Enhanced Electrocatalytic Activity by RGO/MWCNTs/NiO Counter Electrode for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Majid Raissan Al-bahrani; Waqar Ahmad; Hadja Fatima Mehnane; Ying Chen; Ze Cheng; Yihua Gao

    2015-01-01

    We applied the reduced graphene oxide/multi-walled carbon nanotubes/nickel oxide (RGO/MWCNTs/NiO) nanocomposite as the counter electrode (CE) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates by blade doctor method. Power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.13% was achieved for this DSSCs device, which is higher than that of DSSCs devices using NiO, RGO, and RGO/NiO-CE (PCE=2.71%, PCE=6.77% and PCE=7.63%). Also, the fill factor of the DSSCs devices using the RGO/MWCNTs/NiO-CE was better than that of other CEs. The electron transfer measurement of cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy showed that RGO/MWCNTs/NiO film could provide fast electron transfer between the CE and the electrolyte, and high electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of triiodide in a CE based on RGO/MWCNTs/NiO in a DSSC.

  5. Anamperometric superoxide anion radicalbiosensor based on SOD/PtPd-PDARGO modified electrode.

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    Tang, Jie; Zhu, Xiang; Niu, Xiangheng; Liu, Tingting; Zhao, Hongli; Lan, Minbo

    2015-05-01

    In the present work, a high-performance enzyme-based electrochemical sensor for the detection of superoxide anion radical (O2(●-)) is reported. Firstly, we employed a facile approach to synthesize PtPd nanoparticles (PtPd NPs) on chemically reduced graphene oxide (RGO) coated with polydopamine (PDA). The prepared PtPd-PDARGO composite was well characterized by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectra, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electrochemical methods. Then the assembled composite was used as a desired electrochemcial interface for superoxide dismutase (SOD) immobilization. Owing to the PDA layer as well as the synergistic effect of PtPd NPs, the fabricated SOD/PtPd-PDARGO sensor exhibited an outstanding sensitivity of 909.7 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) upon O2(●-) in a linear range from 0.016 mM to 0.24 mM (R(2)=0.992), with a low detection limit of 2 μM (S/N=3) and excellent selectivity, good reproducibility as well as favorable long-term stability.

  6. Crystal structure and electrochemical behaviors of Pt/mischmetal film electrodes

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    张文魁; 杨晓光; 马淳安; 王云刚; 余厉阳

    2003-01-01

    The Ml(La-rich mischmetal) films with a thin Pt layer on the substrate of chemically coarsen ITO glassor silicon slices were prepared by magnetic sputtering technique. The crystal structure and surface morphology ofthe films were investigated by X-ray diffraction(XRD) analysis and atomic force microscopy(AFM), respectively.The electrochemical hydridation/dehydridation behaviors of the films in KOH solution were studied by using cyclicvoltammagraph and electrochemical impedance spectrum(EIS) as well. The AFM results show that the Pt cover lay-er on the M1 films is of island structure with a grain of 150 - 200 nm in size. The presence of a thin Pt layer can pro-vide sufficient high electrocatalytic activity for the electrochemical charge-transfer reaction. The electrochemical re-duction and oxidation reaction occur on the Pt layer, and the diffusion of H into the Ml film is the rate-controlledstep. The Pt coatings also act as protective layers, preventing oxidation and/or poisoning of the underlying Ml filmsin air.

  7. Immobilization of superoxide dismutase on Pt-Pd/MWCNTs hybrid modified electrode surface for superoxide anion detection.

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    Zhu, Xiang; Niu, Xiangheng; Zhao, Hongli; Tang, Jie; Lan, Minbo

    2015-05-15

    Monitoring of reactive oxygen species like superoxide anion (O2(∙-)) turns to be of increasing significance considering their potential damages to organism. In the present work, we fabricated a novel O2(∙-) electrochemical sensor through immobilizing superoxide dismutase (SOD) onto a Pt-Pd/MWCNTs hybrid modified electrode surface. The Pt-Pd/MWCNTs hybrid was synthesized via a facile one-step alcohol-reduction process, and well characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The immobilization of SOD was accomplished using a simple drop-casting method, and the performance of the assembled enzyme-based sensor for O2(∙-) detection was systematically investigated by several electrochemcial techniques. Thanks to the specific biocatalysis of SOD towards O2(∙-) and the Pt-Pd/MWCNTs - promoted fast electron transfer at the fabricated interface, the developed biosensor exhibits a fast, selective and linear amperometric response upon O2(∙-) in the concentration scope of 40-1550 μM (R(2)=0.9941), with a sensitivity of 0.601 mA cm(-2) mM(-1) and a detection limit of 0.71 μM (S/N=3). In addition, the favorable biocompatibility of this electrode interface endows the prepared biosensor with excellent long-term stability (a sensitivity loss of only 3% over a period of 30 days). It is promising that the proposed sensor will be utilized as an effective tool to quantitatively monitor the dynamic changes of O2(∙-) in biological systems.

  8. A novel enzymatic glucose sensor based on Pt nanoparticles-decorated hollow carbon spheres-modified glassy carbon electrode

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    Luhana, Charles; Bo Xiangjie; Ju Jian; Guo Liping, E-mail: guolp078@nenu.edu.cn [Northeast Normal University, Faculty of Chemistry (China)

    2012-10-15

    A new glucose biosensor was developed based on hollow carbon spheres decorated with platinum nanoparticles (Pt/HCSs)-modified glassy carbon electrode immobilized with glucose oxidase (GOx) with the help of Nafion. The Pt nanoparticles were well dispersed on the HCSs with an average size of 2.29 nm. The detection of glucose was achieved via electrochemical detection of the enzymatically liberated H{sub 2}O{sub 2} at +0.5 V versus Ag/AgCl at physiologic pH of 7.4. The Pt/HCSs-modified electrode exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activities toward both the oxidation and reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The glucose biosensor showed good electrocatalytic performance in terms of high sensitivity (4.1 {mu}A mM{sup -1}), low detection limit (1.8 {mu}M), fast response time <3 s, and wide linear range (0.04-8.62 mM). The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant (K{sub m}) and the maximum current density (i{sub max}) values for the biosensor were 10.94 mM and 887 {mu}A cm{sup -2} respectively. Furthermore, this biosensor showed an acceptable reproducibility and high stability. The interfering signals from ascorbic acid and uric acid at concentration levels normally found in human blood were not much compared with the response to glucose. Blood serum samples were also tested with this biosensor and a good recovery was achieved for the two spiked serum samples.

  9. Effects of different additives on bimetallic Au-Pt nanoparticles electrodeposited onto indium tin oxide electrodes

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    Ballarin, Barbara, E-mail: ballarin@ms.fci.unibo.i [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Inorganica, Universita di Bologna, V.le Risorgimento, 4, 40136-Bologna (Italy)] [INSTM, UdR Bologna (Italy); Gazzano, Massimo [ISOF-CNR, V. Selmi, 40126-Bologna (Italy); Tonelli, Domenica [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Inorganica, Universita di Bologna, V.le Risorgimento, 4, 40136-Bologna (Italy)] [INSTM, UdR Bologna (Italy)

    2010-09-01

    Bimetallic Au-Pt nanoparticles (Au-Pt{sub NPs}) have been synthesized using an electrochemical reduction approach. The effects of the addition of different additives in the electrodeposition bath namely KI, 1-nonanesulfonic acid sodium salt and Triton X-100 have been investigated. The structural characterization of the bimetallic nanoparticles has been carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The Au-Pt{sub NPs} prepared in the presence of KI and Triton X-100 characterized by a relatively narrow size distribution as well as a higher particle density and surface coverage whereas no changes in the morphology were observed. These results suggest a dependence of the size and distribution of the bimetallic nanoparticles from the type and concentration of the additives employed.

  10. Electrocatalytic Activity of Pt/C Electrodes for Ethanol Oxidation in Vapor Phase

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    LIANG Hong; YE Dai-qi; LIN Wei-ming

    2005-01-01

    High performance platinized-carbon electrodes have been developed for the electrocatalytic oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde in electrogenerative processes. A load current density of the electrode can be achieved as high as 600 mA per square centimeter for oxygen reducing in 3 mol/L sulfuric acid with a good stability. With these electrodes and sulfuric acid as an electrolyte in fuel cells, ethanol vapor carried by nitrogen gas can be oxidized selectively to acetaldehyde. Selectivity of acetaldehyde depends on the potential of the cell and the feed rate of ethanol vapor and it can be more than 80% under optimized conditions. The initial product of ethanol oxidized on a platinized-carbon electrode is acetaldehyde and the ethanol oxidation mechanism is discussed.

  11. Electrochemical preparation of Au-PtNPs/SWNT modified electrode and its application%Au-PtNPs/SWNT复合材料修饰电极的电化学制备及其应用

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    李春兰; 朱效华; 朱旭; 徐茂田

    2013-01-01

    The Au-PtNPs/SWNT modified electrode was prepared by an electrochemical method at room temperature. The surface morphology of the modified electrode was measured by AFM and the results indicate that there are dispersions and high loadings of Au-Pt nanoparticles on SWNT. Under the optimal modification conditions(Electrodeposition of SWNT for 30 s,soaking in H2PtO6 for 10 minutes,multi-step deposition of gold nanoparticles for 45 cycles(glucose) or 30 cycles( methanol) ) ,glucose and methanol can be electrocatalytically oxidized on the surface of Au-PtNPs/SWNT modified electrode in alkaline environment Thus,the Au-Pt-NPs/SWNT/GCE is expected to be applied as a nonenzymatic glucose sensor or in the filed of methanol fuel cells.%在室温条件下,利用恒电位吸附法和多电位阶跃法制备了金-铂纳米粒子(Au-PtNPs)/单壁碳纳米管(SWNT)复合材料修饰电极,并利用电化学方法和原子力显微镜(AFM)对其进行了表征.结果表明:Au-Pt-NPs可很好的结合在SWNT表面,在该电极的最佳修饰条件下(SWNT分散液中电沉积30 s,H2PtO6中浸泡10min,循环阶跃沉积金纳米粒子45次(葡萄糖)或30次(甲醇))可以较好的电催化氧化碱性环境中的葡萄糖及甲醇,有望在葡萄糖无酶传感器及甲醇燃料电池中得到应用.

  12. Zirconia-based mixed potential sensor with Pt electrode prepared by spin-coating of polymeric precursor

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    Chrzan, A.; Woźniak, Ł.; Szymczewska, D.; Jasiński, P.

    2016-11-01

    Many types of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) based gas sensors have been explored extensively in recent years. Great attention have been directed to mixed-potential-type gas sensors. It is due to growing concerns with environmental issues. Not without a significance is the fact of very attractive performance of this type of sensor allowing to detect low concentration of pollutant gases. In this paper two types of YSZ based mixed-potential planar sensors were investigated, with platinum electrode painted using commercial paste and with spin coated platinum layer. Both types had second electrode in the form of porous gold. Measurements were performed at 400 °C in synthetic air and different concentrations of SO2. Gas flow was set to 100 cm3min-1 and the concentration of 50 ppm SO2 was tested. During this measurements the sensor was sintered in-situ at increasing temperatures. Sensor with 100 nm spin-coated platinum layer sintered at 700 °C was shown to exhibit two times smaller response than sensor with 5 μm porous electrode, while consisting of over 20 times smaller amount of Pt. The influence of sintering temperature on electrical conductivity of platinum films was also examined. Moreover, the platinum microstructure was investigated using SEM microscopy.

  13. Glucose biosensor based on functionalized ZnO nanowire/graphite films dispersed on a Pt electrode

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    Gallay, P.; Tosi, E.; Madrid, R.; Tirado, M.; Comedi, D.

    2016-10-01

    We present a glucose biosensor based on ZnO nanowire self-sustained films grown on compacted graphite flakes by the vapor transport method. Nanowire/graphite films were fragmented in water, filtered to form a colloidal suspension, subsequently functionalized with glucose oxidase and finally transferred to a metal electrode (Pt). The obtained devices were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The electrochemical responses of the devices were determined in buffer solutions with successive glucose aggregates using a tripolar electrode system. The nanostructured biosensors showed excellent analytical performance, with linear response to glucose concentrations, high sensitivity of up to ≈17 μA cm-2 mM-1 in the 0.03-1.52 mM glucose concentration range, relatively low Michaelis-Menten constant, excellent reproducibility and a fast response. The detection limits are more than an order of magnitude lower than those achievable in commercial biosensors for glucose control, which is promising for the development of glucose monitoring methods that do not require blood extraction from potentially diabetic patients. The strong detection enhancements provided by the functionalized nanostructures are much larger than the electrode surface-area increase and are discussed in terms of the physical and chemical mechanisms involved in the detection and transduction processes.

  14. 不饱和有机酸在Pt-Rh合金电极上的吸附动力学%ADSORPTION KINETICS OF SOME UNSATURATED ALIPHATIC ACIDS ON Pt-Rh ALLOY ELECTRODES

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    2001-01-01

    On Pt-Rh alloy electrodes, the effect of some operational parameters on the adsorption process of several unsaturated aliphatic acids was respectively examined by fast cathodically potentiodynamic polarization. As the experimental results shown, the adsorption rates of acrylic acid , crotonic acid, and maleic acid, obey Rogynski-Zilidowicz equation always in the middle coverage .Comparatively, the maximal values are determined on the pure Pt-electrode, and as the electrode binary composition is varied successively from the pure Pt to Rh , the adsorption rates for these acids are generally decreased, even by 20~30 times. Among the three unsaturated aliphatic acids, acrylic acid is most advantageously adsorbed on the electrode surfaces. The adsorption activity order is acrylic acid >crotonic acid>maleic acid.%采用快速动电位扫描方法,系统地研究了吸附时间、溶液浓度、温度、吸附电位等因素对在不同组成的Pt-Rh电极上不饱和有机酸吸附过程的影响. 研究结果表明,在中等表面覆盖率下,所研究的不饱和有机酸在Pt-Rh合金电极上吸附速率都遵循Rogynski-Zilidowicz方程,Pt电极上吸附速率最大,从Pt电极向Rh电极过渡中,吸附速率下降20~30倍. 温度升高吸附速率加快. 丙烯酸在Pt-Rh电极表面的吸附速率比其他不饱和有机酸高,并按丙烯酸>丁烯酸>顺丁烯二酸顺序递减.

  15. Conductimetric Biosensor for the Detection of Uric Acid by Immobilization Uricase on Nata de Coco Membrane—Pt Electrode

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    Mulyasuryani, Ani; Srihardiastutie, Arie

    2011-01-01

    A conductimetric enzyme biosensor for uric acid detection has been developed. The uricase, as enzyme, is isolated from Candida utilis and immobilized on a nata de coco membrane-Pt electrode. The biosensor demonstrates a linear response to urate over the concentration range 1–6 ppm and has good selectivity properties. The response is affected by the membrane thickness and pH change in the range 7.5–9.5. The response time is three minutes in aqueous solutions and in human serum samples. Application of the biosensor to the determination of uric acid in human serum gave results that compared favourably with those obtained by medical laboratory. The operational stability of the biosensor was not less than three days and the relative error is smaller than 10%. PMID:21792276

  16. Benchmarking Pt-based electrocatalysts for low temperature fuel cell reactions with the rotating disk electrode

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    Pedersen, Christoffer Mølleskov; Escribano, Maria Escudero; Velazquez-Palenzuela, Amado Andres

    2015-01-01

    We present up-to-date benchmarking methods for testing electrocatalysts for polymer exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), using the rotating disk electrode (RDE) method. We focus on the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) in the presence of CO. We have chosen...

  17. Electrochemical device based on a Pt nanosphere-paper working electrode for in situ and real-time determination of the flux of H2O2 releasing from SK-BR-3 cancer cells.

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    Liu, Fang; Ge, Shenguang; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei; Song, Xianrang

    2014-09-14

    A novel paper working electrode with Pt nanospheres grown in it (Pt-PWE) was first used as a sensor platform and then cancer cells were immobilized on the Pt-PWE (high affinity binding with aptamers). This electrode was first designed to achieve the in situ and real-time determination of H2O2 released from cancer cells to obtain an accurate determination.

  18. Metal-free polymer/MWCNT composite fiber as an efficient counter electrode in fiber shape dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ali, Abid; Mujtaba Shah, Syed; Bozar, Sinem; Kazici, Mehmet; Keskin, Bahadır; Kaleli, Murat; Akyürekli, Salih; Günes, Serap

    2016-09-01

    Highly aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) as fiber were modified with a conducting polymer via a simple dip coating method. Modified MWCNT exhibited admirable improvement in electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of tri-iodide in dye sensitized solar cells. Scanning electron microscopy images confirm the successful deposition of polymer on MWCNT. Cyclic voltammetry, square wave voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies were carried out to investigate the inner mechanism for the charge transfer behaviour. Results from bare and modified electrodes revealed that the MWCNT/(poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) composite electrode is much better at catalysing the {{{{I}}}3}-/{{{I}}}- redox couple compared to the pristine fiber electrode. The photoelectric conversion efficiency of 5.03% for the modified MWCNT electrodes was comparable with that of the conventional Pt-based electrode. The scientific results of this study reveal that MWCNT/PEDOT:PSS may be a better choice for the replacement of cost intensive electrode materials such as platinum. Good performance even after bending up to 90° and in-series connection to enhance the output voltage were also successfully achieved, highlighting the practical application of this novel device.

  19. Electrocatalytic oxidation behavior of NADH at Pt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/reduced-graphene oxide nanohybrids modified glassy carbon electrode and its determination

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    Roushani, Mahmoud, E-mail: mahmoudroushani@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Ilam University, Ilam, 69315516 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hoseini, S. Jafar [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Yasouj University, Yasouj, 7591874831 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Azadpour, Mitra [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Ilam University, Ilam, 69315516 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Heidari, Vahid; Bahrami, Mehrangiz; Maddahfar, Mahnaz [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Yasouj University, Yasouj, 7591874831 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-10-01

    We have developed Pt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/reduced-graphene oxide nanohybrids modified glassy carbon (Pt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/RGO/GC) electrode as a novel system for the preparation of electrochemical sensing platform. Characterization of as-made composite was determined using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and energy-dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX) where the Pt, Fe, Si, O and C elements were observed. The Pt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/RGO/GC electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Due to the synergistic effect between Pt, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and RGO, the nanohybrid exhibited excellent performance toward dihydronicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) oxidation in 0.1 M phosphate buffer solution, pH 7.0, with a low detection limit of 5 nM. - Highlights: • Preparation of a novel electrochemical sensing platform system • Excellent performance of Pt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/reduced-graphene oxide nanohybrids • Dihydronicotinamide adenine dinucleotide oxidation with a low detection limit of 5 nM.

  20. Simultaneous Detection of Dopamine and Uric Acid under Coexistence of Ascorbic Acid with DNA/Pt Nanocluster Modified Electrode

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    ZHENG Yu; LIN Xiang-Qin

    2008-01-01

    A novel biosensor by electrochemically codeposited Pt nanoclusters and DNA film was constructed and applied to detection of dopamine(DA)and uric acid(UA)in the presence of high concentration ascorbic acid(AA).Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used for characterization.This electrode was successfully used to resolve the overlapping voltammetric response of DA,UA and AA into three well-defined peaks with a large anodic peak difference(△Epa)of about 184 mV for DA and 324 mV for UA.The catalytic peak current obtained from differential pulse voltammetry was linearly dependent on the DA concentration from 1.1×10-7 to 3.8×10-5 mol·L-1 with a detection limit of 3.6 X 10-8 mol·L-1(S/N=3)and on the UA concentration from 3.0X 10-7 to 5.7X 10-5 mol·L-1 with a detection limit of 1.0×10-7 mol·L-1 with coexistence of 1.0X 10-3 mol·L-1 AA.The modified electrode shows good sensitivity and selectivity.

  1. Fabrication of sensitive enzymatic biosensor based on multi-layered reduced graphene oxide added PtAu nanoparticles-modified hybrid electrode

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    Hossain, Md Faruk; Park, Jae Y.

    2017-01-01

    A highly sensitive amperometric glucose sensor was developed by immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) onto multi-layer reduced graphene oxide (MRGO) sheets decorated with platinum and gold flower-like nanoparticles (PtAuNPs) modified Au substrate electrode. The fabricated MRGO/PtAuNPs modified hybrid electrode demonstrated high electrocatalytic activities toward oxidation of H2O2, to which it had a wide linear response that ranged from 0.5 to 8 mM (R2 = 0.997), and high sensitivity of 506.25 μA/mMcm2. Furthermore, glucose oxidase-chitosan composite and cationic polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA) were assembled by a casting method on the surface of MRGO/PtAuNPs modified electrode. This as-fabricated hybrid biosensor electrode exhibited high electrocatalytic activity for the detection of glucose in PBS. It demonstrated good analytical properties in terms of a low detection limit of 1 μM (signal-to-noise ratio of 3), short response time (3 s), high sensitivity (17.85 μA/mMcm2), and a wide linear range (0.01–8 mM) for glucose sensing. These results reveal that the newly developed sensing electrode offers great promise for new type enzymatic biosensor applications. PMID:28333943

  2. Properties of RF-Sputtered PZT Thin Films with Ti/Pt Electrodes

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    Cui Yan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Effect of annealing temperature and thin film thickness on properties of Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47O3 (PZT thin film deposited via radiofrequency magnetron sputtering technique onto Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate was investigated. Average grain sizes of the PZT thin film were measured by atomic force microscope; their preferred orientation was studied through X-ray diffraction analysis. Average residual stress in the thin film was estimated according to the optimized Stoney formula, and impedance spectroscopy characterization was performed via an intelligent LCR measuring instrument. Average grain sizes of PZT thin films were 60 nm~90 nm and their average roughness was less than 2 nm. According to X-ray diffraction analysis, 600°C is the optimal annealing temperature to obtain the PZT thin film with better crystallization. Average residual stress showed that thermal mismatch was the decisive factor of residual stress in Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate; the residual stress in PZT thin film decreased as their thickness increased and increased with annealing temperature. The dielectric constant and loss angle tangent were extremely increased with the thickness of PZT thin films. The capacitance of the device can be adjusted according to the thickness of PZT thin films.

  3. Nano-assemblies consisting of Pd/Pt nanodendrites and poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-coated reduced graphene oxide on glassy carbon electrode for hydrogen peroxide sensors

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    Zhang, Yanyan; Zhang, Cong; Zhang, Di; Ma, Min; Wang, Weizhen; Chen, Qiang, E-mail: qiangchen@nankai.edu.cn

    2016-01-01

    Non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) sensors were fabricated on the basis of glassy carbon (GC) electrode modified with palladium (Pd) core-platinum (Pt) nanodendrites (Pt-NDs) and poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-coated reduced graphene oxide (rGO). A facile wet-chemical method was developed for preparing Pd core-Pt nanodendrites. In this approach, the growth of Pt NDs was directed by Pd nanocrystal which could be regarded as seed. The PDDA-coated rGO could form uniform film on the surface of GC electrode, which provided a support for Pd core- Pt NDs adsorption by self-assembly. The morphologies of the nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (spectrum). Electrocatalytic ability of the nanocomposites was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometric methods. The sensor fabricated by Pd core-Pt NDs/PDDA-rGO/GCE exhibited high sensitivity (672.753 μA mM{sup −1} cm{sup −2}), low detection limit (0.027 μM), wider linear range (0.005–0.5 mM) and rapid response time (within 5 s). Besides, it also exhibited superior reproducibility, excellent anti-interference performance and long-term stability. The present work could afford a viable method and efficient platform for fabricating all kinds of amperometric sensors and biosensors. - Highlights: • A facial wet-chemical method was developed for preparing Pd core-Pt nanodendrites. • The morphologies of graphene and Pd core-Pt nanodendrites were characterized. • A novel H{sub 2}O{sub 2} sensor was fabricated by nano-assembly. • The performance of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} sensor was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometric methods.

  4. Electrochemical treatment of olive oil mill wastewater using a Ti/Ta/Pt/Ir electrode

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    Giannes, A.; Diamadopoulos, E. [Lab. of Environmental Engineering and Management, Technical Univ. of Crete, Chania (Greece); Ninolakis, M. [Ferecarpos SA, Agia Paraskevi, Athens (Greece)

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    Olive oil mill wastewater, an ecotoxic liquid associated with the production of olive oil, was treated by an electrochemical method using Ti/Ta/Pt/Ir as anode and Stainless Steel 316L as cathode. A number of experiments were run in a batch, laboratory-scale pilot-plant. The experimental plant consisted of the electrolytic cell, the recirculation reactor with cooling system and the wastewater feed system. The efficiency of the electrolytic cell was studied in relation to sodium chloride concentration, voltage and time of electrochemical treatment. Optimal conditions were at a sodium chloride concentration 3% (w/v) and 16V. At these conditions COD removal reached 70.8% after 8 h of electrolysis. Color, odor and turbidity were completely removed after short periods of treatment. However, bio-essays with Daphnia Magna and Artemia Salina indicated that the ecotoxicity of the treated wastewater remained unchanged, possibly due to the formation of chlorinated by-products. (orig.)

  5. Ultrasonic-electrodeposition of PtPd alloy nanoparticles on ionic liquid-functionalized graphene paper: towards a flexible and versatile nanohybrid electrode

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    Sun, Yimin; Zheng, Huaming; Wang, Chenxu; Yang, Mengmeng; Zhou, Aijun; Duan, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    Here we fabricate a new type of flexible and versatile nanohybrid paper electrode by ultrasonic-electrodeposition of PtPd alloy nanoparticles on freestanding ionic liquid (IL)-functionalized graphene paper, and explore its multifunctional applications in electrochemical catalysis and sensing systems. The graphene-based paper materials demonstrate intrinsic flexibility, exceptional mechanical strength and high electrical conductivity, and therefore can serve as an ideal freestanding flexible electrode for electrochemical devices. Furthermore, the functionalization of graphene with IL (i.e., 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate) not only increases the electroactive surface area of a graphene-based nanohybrid paper electrode, but also improves the adhesion and dispersion of metal nanoparticles on the paper surface. These unique attributes, combined with the merits of an ultrasonic-electrodeposition method, lead to the formation of PtPd alloy nanoparticles on IL-graphene paper with high loading, uniform distribution, controlled morphology and favourable size. Consequently, the resultant nanohybrid paper electrode exhibits remarkable catalytic activity as well as excellent cycle stability and improved anti-poisoning ability towards electrooxidation of fuel molecules such as methanol and ethanol. Furthermore, for nonenzymatic electrochemical sensing of some specific biomarkers such as glucose and reactive oxygen species, the nanohybrid paper electrode shows high selectivity, sensitivity and biocompatibility in these bio-catalytic processes, and can be used for real-time tracking hydrogen peroxide secretion by living human cells. All these features demonstrate its promising application as a versatile nanohybrid electrode material in flexible and lightweight electrochemical energy conversion and biosensing systems such as bendable on-chip power sources, wearable/implantable detectors and in vivo micro-biosensors.Here we fabricate a new type of flexible and

  6. Comparative investigation of unipolar resistance switching effect of Pt/Mg{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}O/Pt devices with different electrode patterns for nonvolatile memory application

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    Chen, Xinman [South China Normal University, Institute of Optoelectronic Materials and Technology, Guangzhou (China); Sun Yat-Sen University, State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Physics and Engineering, Guangzhou (China); Wu, Guangheng; Hu, Wei; Zhou, Hong; Bao, Dinghua [Sun Yat-Sen University, State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Physics and Engineering, Guangzhou (China)

    2012-08-15

    Electrically induced unipolar resistance switching effects of Mg{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}O thin films with two top Pt electrodes (MZO-T) and top and bottom Pt electrodes (MZO-B) were demonstrated and compared for nonvolatile memory applications. The obtained resistance ratios of high-resistance states (HRS) to low-resistance states (LRS) for MZO-B and MZO-T devices were above seven and four orders of magnitude, respectively, and exhibited a slight degradation with voltage. For both the devices, the conduction mechanisms were dominated by ohmic conduction in LRS and trap-controlled space charge limited current in HRS. Furthermore, a filamentary model was applied to explain the switching behaviors for both the devices considering the asymmetric interface defects and film thickness. The results also suggest that resistance switching behaviors can be regulated by interface defect engineering. (orig.)

  7. Bi5FeTi3O15 nanofibers/graphene nanocomposites as an effective counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zheng, H. W.; Liang, X.; Yu, Y. H.; Wang, K.; Zhang, X. A.; Men, B. Q.; Diao, C. L.; Peng, C. X.; Yue, G. T.

    2017-01-01

    The present study reports Bi5FeTi3O15 (BFTO) nanofibers/graphene (Gr) nanocomposites (BGr) as counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). BFTO nanofibers with diameters of 40-100 nm were fabricated by sol-gel based electrospinning technique. The microstructure and surface morphology of the BFTO nanofibers and the BGr nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical performances of BGr CEs were comprehensively characterized and investigated. Compared to pristine BFTO, the nanocomposites have a marked improvement in electrocatalytic performance for the reduction of triiodide because of larger surface area and lower transfer resistance on the electrolyte-electrode interface. The maximum power conversion efficiency has reached 9.56%, which is much larger than that of pure BFTO CEs (0.22%).

  8. Sensors for Highly Toxic Gases: Methylamine and Hydrogen Chloride Detection at Low Concentrations in an Ionic Liquid on Pt Screen Printed Electrodes

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    Murugappan, Krishnan; Silvester, Debbie S.

    2015-01-01

    Commercially available Pt screen printed electrodes (SPEs) have been employed as possible electrode materials for methylamine (MA) and hydrogen chloride (HCl) gas detection. The room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C2mim][NTf2]) was used as a solvent and the electrochemical behaviour of both gases was first examined using cyclic voltammetry. The reaction mechanism appears to be the same on Pt SPEs as on Pt microelectrodes. Furthermore, the analytical utility was studied to understand the behaviour of these highly toxic gases at low concentrations on SPEs, with calibration graphs obtained from 10 to 80 ppm. Three different electrochemical techniques were employed: linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) and square wave voltammetry (SWV), with no significant differences in the limits of detection (LODs) between the techniques (LODs were between 1.4 to 3.6 ppm for all three techniques for both gases). The LODs achieved on Pt SPEs were lower than the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration Permissible Exposure Limit (OSHA PEL) limits of the two gases (5 ppm for HCl and 10 ppm for MA), suggesting that Pt SPEs can successfully be combined with RTILs to be used as cheap alternatives for amperometric gas sensing in applications where these toxic gases may be released. PMID:26506358

  9. Sensors for Highly Toxic Gases: Methylamine and Hydrogen Chloride Detection at Low Concentrations in an Ionic Liquid on Pt Screen Printed Electrodes

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    Krishnan Murugappan

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Commercially available Pt screen printed electrodes (SPEs have been employed as possible electrode materials for methylamine (MA and hydrogen chloride (HCl gas detection. The room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonylimide ([C2mim][NTf2] was used as a solvent and the electrochemical behaviour of both gases was first examined using cyclic voltammetry. The reaction mechanism appears to be the same on Pt SPEs as on Pt microelectrodes. Furthermore, the analytical utility was studied to understand the behaviour of these highly toxic gases at low concentrations on SPEs, with calibration graphs obtained from 10 to 80 ppm. Three different electrochemical techniques were employed: linear sweep voltammetry (LSV, differential pulse voltammetry (DPV and square wave voltammetry (SWV, with no significant differences in the limits of detection (LODs between the techniques (LODs were between 1.4 to 3.6 ppm for all three techniques for both gases. The LODs achieved on Pt SPEs were lower than the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration Permissible Exposure Limit (OSHA PEL limits of the two gases (5 ppm for HCl and 10 ppm for MA, suggesting that Pt SPEs can successfully be combined with RTILs to be used as cheap alternatives for amperometric gas sensing in applications where these toxic gases may be released.

  10. Carbon monoxide oxidation on Pt single crystal electrodes: understanding the catalysis for low temperature fuel cells.

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    García, Gonzalo; Koper, Marc T M

    2011-08-01

    Herein the general concepts of fuel cells are discussed, with special attention to low temperature fuel cells working in alkaline media. Alkaline low temperature fuel cells could well be one of the energy sources in the next future. This technology has the potential to provide power to portable devices, transportation and stationary sectors. With the aim to solve the principal catalytic problems at the anode of low temperature fuel cells, a fundamental study of the mechanism and kinetics of carbon monoxide as well as water dissociation on stepped platinum surfaces in alkaline medium is discussed and compared with those in acidic media. Furthermore, cations involved as promoters for catalytic surface reactions are also considered. Therefore, the aim of the present work is not only to provide the new fundamental advances in the electrocatalysis field, but also to understand the reactions occurring at fuel cell catalysts, which may help to improve the fabrication of novel electrodes in order to enhance the performance and to decrease the cost of low temperature fuel cells.

  11. The removal of Microcystis ichthyoblabe cells and its hepatotoxin microcystin-LR during electrooxidation process using Pt/Ti electrodes.

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    Jeon, Bong-Seok; Han, Jisun; Kim, Seog-Ku; Oh, Hye-Cheol; Park, Ho-Dong

    2015-01-01

    Electrooxidation is widely used to remove harmful organic and inorganic substances as well as pathogenic microorganisms. This study investigates the removal of Microcystis ichthyoblabe cells and their hepatotoxin microcystin-LR by the electrooxidation process using Pt/Ti electrodes. Additionally, the morphology changes and cell sizes were determined by scanning electron microscopy and a particle size analyzer, respectively. The algal cells were severely damaged by the electrooxidation process. During the initial treatment, intracellular microcystin-LR was released from the cells, increasing the extracellular microcystin-LR concentration. The electrooxidation charge required to remove cells and MC-LR was 3 × 10(4) C and 6 × 10(4) C, respectively. The removal efficiencies of M. ichthyoblabe cells and microcystin-LR were insensitive to initial cell density, initial microcystin-LR concentration and solution conductivity, but were heavily reduced at large algal suspension volume. Therefore, to achieve simultaneous removal of Microcystis cells and their MC, it is necessary to control the volume of algal suspension.

  12. Electrochemical properties of lithium air batteries with Pt100-xRux (0 ≤ x ≤ 100) electrocatalysts for air electrodes

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    Yui, Yuhki; Sakamoto, Shuhei; Nohara, Masaya; Hayashi, Masahiko; Nakamura, Jiro; Komatsu, Takeshi

    2017-02-01

    Electrochemical properties of lithium air secondary battery cells with Pt100-xRux (0 ≤ x ≤ 100) electrocatalysts, prepared by the formic acid reduction method and loaded into air electrodes were examined in 1 mol/l LiTFSA/TEGDME electrolyte solution. Among the cells, the one with the Pt10Ru90 (x = 90)/carbon sample showed the largest discharge capacity of 1014 mAh/g and the lowest average charge voltage of 3.74 V. In addition, the x = 90 sample showed comparatively good cycle stability with discharge capacity of over 800 mAh/g at the 8th cycle. As a result, x = 90 was confirmed to be the optimized composition as the electrocatalyst for the air electrode.

  13. Anomalous effect due to oxygen vacancy accumulation below the electrode in bipolar resistance switching Pt/Nb:SrTiO3 cells

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    Shinbuhm Lee

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In conventional semiconductor theory, greater doping decreases the electronic resistance of a semiconductor. For the bipolar resistance switching (BRS phenomena in oxides, the same doping principle has been used commonly to explain the relationship between the density variation of oxygen vacancies (Vo¨ and the electronic resistance. We find that the Vo¨ density can change at a depth of ∼10 nm below the Pt electrodes in Pt/Nb:SrTiO3 cells, depending on the resistance state. Using electron energy loss spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry, we found that greater Vo¨ density underneath the electrode resulted in higher resistance, contrary to the conventional doping principle of semiconductors. To explain this seemingly anomalous experimental behavior, we provide quantitative explanations on the anomalous BRS behavior by simulating the mobile Vo¨ [J. S. Lee et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 253503 (2013] near the Schottky barrier interface.

  14. Real-time electrochemical detection of hydrogen peroxide secretion in live cells by Pt nanoparticles decorated graphene-carbon nanotube hybrid paper electrode.

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    Sun, Yimin; He, Kui; Zhang, Zefen; Zhou, Aijun; Duan, Hongwei

    2015-06-15

    In this work, we develop a new type of flexible and lightweight electrode based on highly dense Pt nanoparticles decorated free-standing graphene-carbon nanotube (CNT) hybrid paper (Pt/graphene-CNT paper), and explore its practical application as flexible electrochemical biosensor for the real-time tracking hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) secretion by live cells. For the fabrication of flexible nanohybrid electrode, the incorporation of CNT in graphene paper not only improves the electrical conductivity and the mechanical strength of graphene paper, but also increases its surface roughness and provides more nucleation sites for metal nanoparticles. Ultrafine Pt nanoparticles are further decorated on graphene-CNT paper by well controlled sputter deposition method, which offers several advantages such as defined particle size and dispersion, high loading density and strong adhesion between the nanoparticles and the substrate. Consequently, the resultant flexible Pt/graphene-CNT paper electrode demonstrates a variety of desirable electrochemical properties including large electrochemical active surface area, excellent electrocatalytic activity, high stability and exceptional flexibility. When used for nonenzymatic detection of H2O2, Pt/graphene-CNT paper exhibits outstanding sensing performance such as high sensitivity, selectivity, stability and reproducibility. The sensitivity is 1.41 µA µM(-1) cm(-2) with a linear range up to 25 µM and a low detection limit of 10 nM (S/N=3), which enables the resultant biosensor for the real-time tracking H2O2 secretion by live cells macrophages.

  15. Enhanced photovoltaic performance and time varied controllable growth of a CuS nanoplatelet structured thin film and its application as an efficient counter electrode for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells via a cost-effective chemical bath deposition.

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    Thulasi-Varma, Chebrolu Venkata; Rao, S Srinivasa; Kumar, Challa Shesha Sai Pavan; Gopi, Chandu V V M; Durga, I Kanaka; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Punnoose, Dinah; Kim, Hee-Je

    2015-11-28

    For the first time we report a simple synthetic strategy to prepare copper sulfide counter electrodes on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates using the inexpensive chemical bath deposition method in the presence of hydrochloric acid (HCl) at different deposition times. CuS nanoplatelet structures were uniformly grown on the FTO substrate with a good dispersion and optimized conditions. The growth process of the CuS nanoplatelets can be controlled by changing the deposition time in the presence of HCl. HCl acts as a complexing agent as well as improving S(2-) concentration against S atoms in this one-step preparation. The photovoltaic performance was significantly improved in terms of the power conversion efficiency (PCE), short-circuit density (J(sc)), open-circuit voltage (V(oc)), and the fill factor (FF). The optimized deposition time of CuS 60 min resulted in a higher PCE of 4.06%, J(sc) of 12.92 mA cm(-2), V(oc) of 0.60 V, and a FF of 0.52 compared to CuS 50 min, CuS 70 min, and a Pt CE. The superior performance of the 60 min sample is due to the greater electrocatalytic activity and low charge transfer resistance at the interface of the CE and the polysulfide electrolyte. The concentration of Cu/S also had an important role in the formation of the CuS nanoplatelet structures. The optical bandgaps for the CuS with different morphologies were measured to be in the range of 1.98-2.28 eV. This improved photovoltaic performance is mainly attributed to the greater number of active reaction sites created by the CuS layer on the FTO substrate, which results large specific surface, superior electrical conductivity, low charge transfer resistance, and faster electron transport in the presence of HCl. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Tafel-polarization measurements were used to investigate the electrocatalytic activity of the CuS and Pt CEs. This synthetic procedure not only provides high electrocatalytic activity for QDSSCs but could

  16. Electrooxidation Mechanism of Methanol at Pt-Ru Catalyst Modified GC Electrode in Electrolytes with Different pH Using Electrochemical and SERS Techniques

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    DING Yue Min; LIU Yao-Long; RAO Gui-Shi; WANG Guo-Fu; ZHONG Qi-Ling; REN Bin; TIAN Zhong-Qun

    2007-01-01

    The electrochemical and in-situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) techniques were used to investigate the electrooxidation behavior of methanol in acidic, neutral and alkaline media at a Pt-Ru nanoparticle modified glassy carbon (Pt-Ru/GC) electrode. The results showed that methanol could be dissociated spontaneously at the Pt-Ru/GC electrode to produce a strongly adsorbed intermediate, CO. It was found that CO could be oxidized more easily in the alkaline medium than in the acidic and neutral media. The peak potential of methanol oxidation was shifted from 0.663 and 0.708 V in the acidic and neutral media to -0.030 V in the alkaline medium, which is due to that the adsorption strength of CO on the Pt surface in the alkaline medium is weaker than that in the acidic and neutral media. The final product of the methanol oxidation is CO2. However, in the alkaline medium, CO2 produced would form CO32- and HCO3- resulting in the decrease in the alkaline concentration and then in the decrease in the performance of DMFC. Therefore, the performance of the alkaline DMFC is not Stable.

  17. Insight into the Role of Surface Wettability in Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Reactions Using Light-Sensitive Nanotubular TiO2 Supported Pt Electrodes.

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    Meng, Chenhui; Wang, Bing; Gao, Ziyue; Liu, Zhaoyue; Zhang, Qianqian; Zhai, Jin

    2017-02-06

    Surface wettability is of importance for electrochemical reactions. Herein, its role in electrochemical hydrogen evolution reactions is investigated using light-sensitive nanotubular TiO2 supported Pt as hydrogen evolution electrodes (HEEs). The HEEs are fabricated by photocatalytic deposition of Pt particles on TiO2 nanotubes followed by hydrophobization with vaporized octadecyltrimethoxysilane (OTS) molecules. The surface wettability of HEEs is subsequently regulated in situ from hydrophobicity to hydrophilicity by photocatalytic decomposition of OTS molecules using ultraviolet light. It is found that hydrophilic HEEs demonstrate a larger electrochemical active area of Pt and a lower adhesion force to a gas bubble when compared with hydrophobic ones. The former allows more protons to react on the electrode surface at small overpotential so that a larger current is produced. The latter leads to a quick release of hydrogen gas bubbles from the electrode surface at large overpotential, which ensures the contact between catalysts and electrolyte. These two characteristics make hydrophilic HEEs generate a much high current density for HERs. Our results imply that the optimization of surface wettability is of significance for improving the electrocatalytic activity of HEEs.

  18. Insight into the Role of Surface Wettability in Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Reactions Using Light-Sensitive Nanotubular TiO2 Supported Pt Electrodes

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    Meng, Chenhui; Wang, Bing; Gao, Ziyue; Liu, Zhaoyue; Zhang, Qianqian; Zhai, Jin

    2017-01-01

    Surface wettability is of importance for electrochemical reactions. Herein, its role in electrochemical hydrogen evolution reactions is investigated using light-sensitive nanotubular TiO2 supported Pt as hydrogen evolution electrodes (HEEs). The HEEs are fabricated by photocatalytic deposition of Pt particles on TiO2 nanotubes followed by hydrophobization with vaporized octadecyltrimethoxysilane (OTS) molecules. The surface wettability of HEEs is subsequently regulated in situ from hydrophobicity to hydrophilicity by photocatalytic decomposition of OTS molecules using ultraviolet light. It is found that hydrophilic HEEs demonstrate a larger electrochemical active area of Pt and a lower adhesion force to a gas bubble when compared with hydrophobic ones. The former allows more protons to react on the electrode surface at small overpotential so that a larger current is produced. The latter leads to a quick release of hydrogen gas bubbles from the electrode surface at large overpotential, which ensures the contact between catalysts and electrolyte. These two characteristics make hydrophilic HEEs generate a much high current density for HERs. Our results imply that the optimization of surface wettability is of significance for improving the electrocatalytic activity of HEEs. PMID:28165487

  19. Three-Dimensional Array of TiN@Pt3Cu Nanowires as an Efficient Porous Electrode for the Lithium-Oxygen Battery.

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    Luo, Wen-Bin; Pham, Thien Viet; Guo, Hai-Peng; Liu, Hua-Kun; Dou, Shi-Xue

    2017-02-28

    The nonaqueous lithium-oxygen battery is a promising candidate as a next-generation energy storage system because of its potentially high energy density (up to 2-3 kW kg(-1)), exceeding that of any other existing energy storage system for storing sustainable and clean energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of nonrenewable fossil fuels. To achieve high round-trip efficiency and satisfactory cycling stability, the air electrode structure and the electrocatalysts play important roles. Here, a 3D array composed of one-dimensional TiN@Pt3Cu nanowires was synthesized and employed as a whole porous air electrode in a lithium-oxygen battery. The TiN nanowire was primarily used as an air electrode frame and catalyst support to provide a high electronic conductivity network because of the high-orientation one-dimensional crystalline structure. Meanwhile, deposited icosahedral Pt3Cu nanocrystals exhibit highly efficient catalytic activity owing to the abundant {111} active lattice facets and multiple twin boundaries. This porous air electrode comprises a one-dimensional TiN@Pt3Cu nanowire array that demonstrates excellent energy conversion efficiency and rate performance in full discharge and charge modes. The discharge capacity is up to 4600 mAh g(-1) along with an 84% conversion efficiency at a current density of 0.2 mA cm(-2), and when the current density increased to 0.8 mA cm(-2), the discharge capacity is still greater than 3500 mAh g(-1) together with a nearly 70% efficiency. This designed array is a promising bifunctional porous air electrode for lithium-oxygen batteries, forming a continuous conductive and high catalytic activity network to facilitate rapid gas and electrolyte diffusion and catalytic reaction throughout the whole energy conversion process.

  20. Cu{sub 2−x}S films as counter-electrodes for dye solar cells with ferrocene-based liquid electrolytes

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    Congiu, M., E-mail: mirko.congiu@fc.unesp.br [UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, POSMAT — Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia de Materiais, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); Nunes-Neto, O. [UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, POSMAT — Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia de Materiais, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); De Marco, M.L.; Dini, D. [University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Chemistry, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome, RM (Italy); Graeff, C.F.O. [UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, POSMAT — Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia de Materiais, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); DC-FC, UNESP, Univ. Estadual Paulista, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil)

    2016-08-01

    In this work, the application of hexagonal CuS nanoparticle layers as counter electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells has been studied. A fast, cheap and reliable deposition method was proposed for the one-step preparation of Cu{sub 2−x}S layers on F-doped SnO{sub 2} within 30 min through an ink-based technique. The electrodes prepared with our method were tested with iodine/iodide electrolyte, Co(II)/(III) bipyridine redox shuttle and Fe(II)/(III) ferrocene-based liquid electrolyte. The Cu{sub 2−x}S layers showed high efficiency and stability with the ferrocene/ferrocenium redox couple, showing a fast charge recombination kinetic, low charge transfer resistance (R{sub ct} = 0.73 Ω cm{sup 2}), reasonably high limiting current (11.8 mA cm{sup −2}) and high stability in propylene carbonate. - Highlights: • We proposed a low-cost Cu{sub 2−x}S electrode for dye solar cells. • Easy deposition and processing • Suitable for large-area applications • Advantages and limitations of Cu{sub 2−x}S with three different redox electrolytes • High electro-catalytic efficiency and stability with the ferrocene/ferrocenium redox couple.

  1. Fabrication of electrodes with ultralow platinum loading by RF plasma processing of self-assembled arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles

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    Banerjee, Ipshita; Kumaran, V.; Santhanam, Venugopal

    2016-07-01

    Conductive, carbon-free, electrocatalytically active, nanostructured electrodes with ultra-low platinum loading were fabricated using self-assembly of octadecanethiol-coated Au@Pt nanoparticles followed by RF plasma treatment. Bilayer arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles with platinum loadings of 0.50, 1.04, 1.44, and 1.75 μg cm-2 (corresponding to 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2 atomic layer coverage of platinum on nominally 5 nm gold core) were subjected to RF argon plasma treatment for various durations and their electrical conductivity, morphological evolution, and electrocatalytic activity characterized. Samples with monolayer and above platinum coverages exhibit maximum electrochemically active surface areas values of ˜100 m2/gpt and specific activities that are ˜4× to 6× of a reference platinum nanoparticle bilayer array. The underlying gold core influences the structural evolution of the samples upon RF plasma treatment and leads to the formation of highly active Pt(110) facets on the surface at an optimal plasma treatment duration, which also corresponds to the onset of a sharp decline in lateral sheet resistance. The sample having a two atom thick platinum coating has the highest total mass activity of 48 ± 3 m2/g(pt+au), corresponding to 44% Pt atom utilization, while also exhibiting enhanced CO tolerance as well as high methanol oxidation reaction and oxygen reduction reaction activity.

  2. Bridge-bonded formate: active intermediate or spectator species in formic acid oxidation on a Pt film electrode?

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    Chen, Y-X; Heinen, M; Jusys, Z; Behm, R J

    2006-12-01

    We present and discuss the results of an in situ IR study on the mechanism and kinetics of formic acid oxidation on a Pt film/Si electrode, performed in an attenuated total reflection (ATR) flow cell configuration under controlled mass transport conditions, which specifically aimed at elucidating the role of the adsorbed bridge-bonded formates in this reaction. Potentiodynamic measurements show a complex interplay between formation and desorption/oxidation of COad and formate species and the total Faradaic current. The notably faster increase of the Faradaic current compared to the coverage of bridge-bonded formate in transient measurements at constant potential, but with different formic acid concentrations, reveals that adsorbed formate decomposition is not rate-limiting in the dominant reaction pathway. If being reactive intermediate at all, the contribution of formate adsorption/decomposition to the reaction current decreases with increasing formic acid concentration, accounting for at most 15% for 0.2 M DCOOH at 0.7 VRHE. The rapid build-up/removal of the formate adlayer and its similarity with acetate or (bi-)sulfate adsorption/desorption indicate that the formate adlayer coverage is dominated by a fast dynamic adsorption-desorption equilibrium with the electrolyte, and that formate desorption is much faster than its decomposition. The results corroborate the proposal of a triple pathway reaction mechanism including an indirect pathway, a formate pathway, and a dominant direct pathway, as presented previously (Chen, Y. X.; et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 981), in which adsorbed formates act as a site-blocking spectator in the dominant pathway rather than as an active intermediate.

  3. Universal low-temperature MWCNT-COOH-based counter electrode and a new thiolate/disulfide electrolyte system for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hilmi, Abdulla; Shoker, Tharallah A; Ghaddar, Tarek H

    2014-06-11

    A new thiolate/disulfide organic-based electrolyte system composed of the tetrabutylammonium salt of 2-methyl-5-trifluoromethyl-2H-[1,2,4]triazole-3-thiol (S(-)) and its oxidized form 3,3'-dithiobis(2-methyl-5-trifluoromethyl-2H-[1,2,4]triazole) (DS) has been formulated and used in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The electrocatalytic activity of different counter electrodes (CEs) has been evaluated by means of measuring J-V curves, cyclic voltammetry, Tafel plots, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. A stable and low-temperature CE based on acid-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-COOH) was investigated with our S(-)/DS, I(-)/I3(-), T(-)/T2, and Co(II/III)-based electrolyte systems. The proposed CE showed superb electrocatalytic activity toward the regeneration of the different electrolytes. In addition, good stability of solar cell devices based on the reported electrolyte and CE was shown.

  4. Production of graphitic carbon-based nanocomposites from K2CO3-activated coconut shells as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar-cell applications

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    Loryuenyong, Vorrada; Buasri, Achanai; Lerdvilainarit, Parichat; Manachevakulm, Konnatee; Sompong, Siripond

    2016-01-01

    In this study, graphitic carbon-activated carbon nanocomposites fabricated from K2CO3 chemically-activated coconut shells by using Fe-catalytic chemical vapor deposition are reported. The present method was simple, environmentally-friendly, low cost, but successfully offered graphitic carbon-based materials that demonstrated promise for use as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. The results showed that the coconut shell:catalyst ratio (1:0, 1:4, 1:1, and 4:1) significantly affected the structural, physical and electrochemical properties of the samples. Graphitic carbon and activated carbon nanocomposites with a high specific surface area of 1230 m2/g and high electrochemical activity in iodide reduction are obtained for samples with a coconut shells/iron precursor (Fe(NO3)3) ratio of 4:1.

  5. Comment on "Energy storage via polyvinylidene fluoride dielectric on the counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells" by Jiang et al.

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    Dao, Van-Duong

    2017-01-01

    A recent paper by Jiang et al. [1] provides a modifying of counter electrode (CE) with a poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) composite could be generated both energy conversion and storage. As the results, the generation of energy storage is due to the high dielectric constant of PVDF layer. Herein, we pointed out the energy storage can be formed with electrolyte consisted of Li+ ions and without using PVDF layer. This study also discusses the formation of energy storage at the CE. The finding in this work may pay the way for further development of an efficient CE for the large-scale applications of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) in the future, and energy storage of DSCs.

  6. Enhanced Catalytic Activity of Pt Supported on Nitrogen-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide Electrodes for Fuel Cells.

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    Sun, Qizhong; Park, Soo-Jin; Kim, Seok

    2015-11-01

    We report an efficient method for the synthesis of nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide supported Pt nanocatalysts (Pt/N-RGO). Nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (N-RGO) was prepared by pyrolysis of graphene oxide with cyanamide as a nitrogen source. Then, the Pt nanoparticles were deposited over N-RGO by one-step chemical polyol reduction process. The morphology and structure of as-prepared catalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Subsequently, electrocatalytic activities of the catalysts were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV). As a result, the Pt/N-RGO catalysts exhibit the superior electrochemical activity toward methanol oxidation in compared with that of Pt loaded on undoped reduced graphene oxide (Pt/RGO) and Pt/carbon blacks (Pt/C). This was mainly attributed to the better distribution of Pt nanoparticles as well as the synergistic electrochemical effects of the nitrogen doped supports. These results demonstrate that N-RGO could be a promising candidate as a high performance catalyst support for a fuel cell application.

  7. Construction of an amperometric glycated hemoglobin biosensor based on Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles and poly (indole-5-carboxylic acid) modified Au electrode.

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    Jain, Utkarsh; Gupta, Shaivya; Chauhan, Nidhi

    2017-07-14

    The glucose level measurement in the diabetic patient plays a vital role in identification of the treatments going on and it also provides the control over the diabetics. A new electrochemical sensing device was constructed for determination of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in whole blood samples. Fructosyl amine oxidase (FAO) was bioconjugated onto hybrid nanocomposite i.e., gold nanoparticles-platinum nanoparticles (AuNPs-PtNPs) and poly indole-5-carboxylic acid (PIN5COOH), deposited electrochemically on gold electrode. Bimetallic nanoparticles not only show their individual properties but also provides the synergistic effect between the two noble metal nanoparticles. AuNPs-PtNPs shown as an amplified sensing interface at lower voltage which makes the sensor more sensitive and specific. The FAO/AuNPs-PtNPs onto PIN5COOH/Au electrode shows a promising future in diagnosis of HbA1c and diabetes management. The novel sensor formed has good accuracy, selectivity, sensitivity, precision and reliability. In addition to these, it showed good storage stability and retained 50% of its initial activity within 12 weeks at 4°C. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Synchronized Current Oscillations of Formic Acid Electro-oxidation in a Microchip-based Dual-Electrode Flow Cell

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    Kiss, István Z.; Munjal, Neil; Martin, R. Scott

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the oscillatory electro-oxidation of formic acid on platinum in a microchip-based dual-electrode cell with microfluidic flow control. The main dynamical features of current oscillations on single Pt electrode that had been observed in macro-cells are reproduced in the microfabricated electrochemical cell. In dual-electrode configuration nearly in-phase synchronized current oscillations occur when the reference/counter electrodes are placed far away from the microelectrodes. The synchronization disappears with close reference/counter electrode placements. We show that the cause for synchronization is weak albeit important, bidirectional electrical coupling between the electrodes; therefore the unidirectional mass transfer interactions are negligible. The experimental design enables the investigation of the dynamical behavior in micro-electrode arrays with well-defined control of flow of the electrolyte in a manner where the size and spacing of the electrodes can be easily varied. PMID:20160883

  9. Synchronized Current Oscillations of Formic Acid Electro-oxidation in a Microchip-based Dual-Electrode Flow Cell.

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    Kiss, István Z; Munjal, Neil; Martin, R Scott

    2009-12-30

    We investigate the oscillatory electro-oxidation of formic acid on platinum in a microchip-based dual-electrode cell with microfluidic flow control. The main dynamical features of current oscillations on single Pt electrode that had been observed in macro-cells are reproduced in the microfabricated electrochemical cell. In dual-electrode configuration nearly in-phase synchronized current oscillations occur when the reference/counter electrodes are placed far away from the microelectrodes. The synchronization disappears with close reference/counter electrode placements. We show that the cause for synchronization is weak albeit important, bidirectional electrical coupling between the electrodes; therefore the unidirectional mass transfer interactions are negligible. The experimental design enables the investigation of the dynamical behavior in micro-electrode arrays with well-defined control of flow of the electrolyte in a manner where the size and spacing of the electrodes can be easily varied.

  10. Dye-sensitized solar cell with natural gel polymer electrolytes and f-MWCNT as counter-electrode

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    Nwanya, A. C.; Amaechi, C. I.; Ekwealor, A. B. C.; Osuji, R. U.; Maaza, M.; Ezema, F. I.

    2015-05-01

    Samples of DSSCs were made with gel polymer electrolytes using agar, gelatin and DNA as the polymer hosts. Anthocyanine dye from Hildegardia barteri flower is used to sensitize the TiO2 electrode, and the spectrum of the dye indicates strong absorptions in the blue region of the solar spectrum. The XRD pattern of the TiO2 shows that the adsorption of the dye did not affect the crystallinity of the electrode. The f-MWCNT indicates graphite structure of the MWCNTs were acid oxidized without significant damage. Efficiencies of 3.38 and 0.1% were obtained using gelatin and DNA gel polymer electrolytes, respectively, for the fabricated dye-sensitized solar cells.

  11. Resistive Switching Characteristics in TiO2/LaAlO3 Heterostructures Sandwiched in Pt Electrodes

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    Yuyuan Cao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available TiO2/LaAlO3 (TiO2/LAO heterostructures have been deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Resistive switching characteristics of Pt/TiO2/LAO/Pt have been studied and discussed in comparison with those of Pt/TiO2/Pt. It is observed that the switching uniformity and the ON/OFF resistance ratio can be greatly improved by introducing the LAO layer. The observed resistive switching characteristics are discussed as a function of LAO thickness and explained by the preferential formation and rupture of conductive filaments, composed of oxygen vacancies, in the LAO layer.

  12. Highly (110)- and (111)-oriented BiFeO3 films on BaPbO3 electrode with Ru or Pt /Ru barrier layers

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    Lee, Chia-Ching; Wu, Jenn-Ming; Hsiung, Chang-Po

    2007-04-01

    Highly (110)- and (111)-oriented BiFeO3 (BFO) films were fabricated with BaPbO3 (BPO )/Ru and BPO /Pt/Ru as electrode/barrier on Si substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering. The BPO /Ru and BPO /Pt/Ru stacks both induce oriented BFO films and act as diffusion barriers. The (110)- and (111)-oriented BFO films possess excellent ferroelectric properties with only minor leakage. The values of remnant polarization are almost the same, about 42μC/cm2, for (110)- and (111)-oriented BFO films. However, polarization measured under varying pulse widths demonstrates that the switching polarization in (111)-oriented BFO films is higher than in (110)-oriented films. Additionally, (111)-oriented BFO films exhibit better retention properties than (110)-oriented films.

  13. In situ STM imaging of bis-3-sodiumsulfopropyl-disulfide molecules adsorbed on copper film electrodeposited on Pt(111) single crystal electrode.

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    Tu, HsinLing; Yen, PoYu; Chen, Sihzih; Yau, ShuehLin; Dow, Wei-Ping; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2011-06-07

    The adsorption of bis-3-sodiumsulfopropyldi-sulfide (SPS) on metal electrodes in chloride-containing media has been intensively studied to unveil its accelerating effect on Cu electrodeposition. Molecular resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging technique was used in this study to explore the adsorption and decomposition of SPS molecules concurring with the electrodeposition of copper on an ordered Pt(111) electrode in 0.1 M HClO(4) + 1 mM Cu(ClO(4))(2) + 1 mM KCl. Depending on the potential of Pt(111), SPS molecules could react, adsorb, and decompose at chloride-capped Cu films. A submonolayer of Cu adatoms classified as the underpotential deposition (UPD) layer at 0.4 V (vs Ag/AgCl) was completely displaced by SPS molecules, possibly occurring via RSSR (SPS) + Cl-Cu-Pt → RS(-)-Pt(+) + RS(-) (MPS) + Cu(2+) + Cl(-), where MPS is 3-mercaptopropanesulfonate. By contrast, at 0.2 V, where a full monolayer of Cu was presumed to be deposited, SPS molecules were adsorbed in local (4 × 4) structures at the lower ends of step ledges. Bulk Cu deposition driven by a small overpotential (η deposit at the very beginning (deposit, the chloride adlayer was still adsorbed to afford SPS admolecules arranged in a unique 1D striped phase. SPS molecules could decompose into MPS upon further Cu deposition, as a (2 × 2)-MPS structure was observed with prolonged in situ STM imaging. It was possible to visualize either SPS admolecules in the upper plane or chloride adlayer sitting underneath upon switching the imaging conditions. Overall, this study established a MPS molecular film adsorbed to the chloride adlayer sitting atop the Cu deposit.

  14. Electrochemically deposited Pd-Pt and Pd-Au codeposits on graphite electrodes for electrocatalytic H2O2 reduction.

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    Nagaiah, Tharamani Chikka; Schäfer, Dominik; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Dimcheva, Nina

    2013-08-20

    Improved electrocatalytic activity and selectivity for the reduction of H2O2 were obtained by electrodepositing Pd-Pt and Pd-Au on spectrographic graphite from solutions containing salts of the two metals at varying ratio. The electrocatalytic activity of the resulting binary codeposits for H2O2 reduction was evaluated by means of the redox-competition mode of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and voltammetric methods. In a potential range from 0 to -600 mV (vs. Ag/AgCl/3 M KCl) at pH 7.0 in 0.1 M phosphate citrate buffer, the electrocatalytic activity of both Pd-Pt and Pd-Au codeposits was substantially improved as compared with the identically deposited single metals suggesting an electrocatalytic synergy of the codeposits. Pd-Pt and Pd-Au codeposits were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Codepositing with Au caused a change of hedgehog-like shaped Pd nanoparticles into cauliflower-like nanoparticles with the particle size decreasing with increasing Au concentration. Codepositing Pd with Pt caused the formation of oblong structures with the size initially increasing with increasing Pt content. However, the particle size decreases with further increase in Pt concentration. The improved electrocatalytic capability for H2O2 reduction of the Pd-Pt electrodeposits on graphite was further demonstrated by immobilizing glucose oxidase as a basis for the development of an interference-free amperometric glucose biosensor.

  15. Bifunctional electrodes with ir and Ru oxide mixtures and pt for unified regenerative cells; Electrodos bifuncionales basados en mezclas de oxidos de Ir y Ru con Pt para celdas regenerativas unificadas

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    Duron-Torres, S.M.; Escalante-Garcia, I.L. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Zacatecas (Mexico); Cruz, J. C.; Arriaga-Hurtado; L.G. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, Pedro Escobedo, Queretaro (Mexico)]. E-mail: duronsm@prodigy.net.mx

    2009-09-15

    Unified regenerative fuel cells (URFC) represent an attractive option to obtain hydrogen and generate energy using a compact device. Nevertheless, the fusion of a fuel cell (PEMFC) and a water electrolyzer continue to be a challenge because of the wide range of conditions to which this type of device is subject. Because of its kinetic characteristics, oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in PEMFC and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in PEMWE are the limiting stages of the URFC depending on the mode of operation. The primary focus of research related to URFC is the obtainment of bifunctional electrocatalysts that satisfactorily perform in both oxygen reactions and support the different working conditions found in a fuel cell and an electrolyzer. The present work contributes to the research on bifunctional electrocatalysts and shows some preliminary results from the electrochemical study of different Pt gcc, IrO{sub 2} and RuO{sub 2} mixtures supported in Ebonex® as oxygen electrodes. The electrochemical characterization with cyclic voltamperometry (CV), linear voltamperometry (LV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} 0.5 M, in the absence and present of oxygen shows that Ebonex®-supported bifunctional electrodes IrO{sub 2}-Pt and RuO{sub 2}-Pt present reasonable electrocatalytic properties for oxygen evolution and reduction reactions and present the possibility of their use in an URFC. The Ir- based oxide electrodes show greater stability than ruthenium-oxide electrodes. [Spanish] Las celdas de combustible regenerativas unificadas (URFC) representan una atractiva opcion para la obtencion de hidrogeno y generacion de energia en un dispositivo compacto. Sin embargo, la fusion de una celda de combustible (PEMFC) y un electrolizador de agua (PEMWE) sigue siendo un reto por la amplia gama de condiciones a que se sujeta un dispositivo de este tipo. Por sus caracteristicas cineticas, la reaccion de reduccion de oxigeno (ORR) en la PEMFC y la

  16. Light stability tests of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells using porous carbon counter electrodes.

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    Ito, Seigo; Mizuta, Gai; Kanaya, Shusaku; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Nishina, Tomoya; Nakashima, Seiji; Fujisawa, Hironori; Shimizu, Masaru; Haruyama, Yuichi; Nishino, Hitoshi

    2016-10-21

    The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells have been fabricated using three-porous-layered electrodes as, 〈glass/F-doped tin oxide (FTO)/dense TiO2/porous TiO2-perovskite/porous ZrO2-perovskite/porous carbon-perovskite〉 for light stability tests. Without encapsulation in air, the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells maintained 80% of photoenergy conversion efficiency from the initial value up to 100 h under light irradiation (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm(-2)). Considering the color variation of the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite layer, the significant improvement of light stability is due to the moisture-blocking effect of the porous carbon back electrodes. The strong interaction between carbon and CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite was proposed by the measurements of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction of the porous carbon-perovskite layers.

  17. A comprehensive study on the effect of Ru addition to Pt electrodes for direct ethanol fuel cell

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    J Datta; S Singh; S Das; N R Bandyopadhyay

    2009-12-01

    The electro-oxidation of ethanol was studied over nanosized Pt and different compositions of PtRu catalysts synthesized by the borohydride reduction method. Physicochemical characterizations of the catalyst material were made by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with EDX analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD patterns showed that Ru induces a contraction of the Pt lattice. EDX provided the composition of binary catalysts while TEM images indicated uniform distribution of discrete nanoparticle of the catalysts with narrow range. The electro-catalytic activities of the materials towards ethanol oxidation were investigated through electrochemical techniques, viz. cyclic voltammetry (CV), potentiodynamic polarization, chronoamperometry (CA) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) at room temperature. The onset potential of ethanol electro-oxidation is lowered on bimetallic PtRu catalysts compared to that on Pt alone. Of the investigated catalyst compositions the one with the highest electrocatalytic activity was found to be Pt82Ru18. This enhancement towards ethanol oxidation is explained on the basis of a structural effect and modified bi-functional mechanism.

  18. Electro-oxidation of carbon monoxide and methanol on bare and Pt-modified Ru(1010) electrodes.

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    Pinheiro, A L N; Zei, M S; Ertl, G

    2005-03-21

    The activity towards CO and methanol electrooxidation of bare and platinum-modified Ru(1010) surfaces has been investigated. The structure/morphology and composition of the modified surfaces were characterized using electron diffraction techniques (LEED, RHEED) and Auger spectroscopy. The bare Ru(1010) surface exhibits a higher catalytic activity towards CO electrooxidation than the Ru(0001) surface due to the lower oxidation potential of the former surface. The early stages of surface oxidation lead to disordering of the surface and further enhancing of the electrocatalytic activity. Electrodeposition of Pt on Ru(1010) leads to epitaxial growth via a Volmer-Weber growth mode. The Pt clusters grow preferentially with the (311) plane parallel to the substrate surface with (011) rows in the layers in contact with the substrate compressed by about 3% with respect to bulk Pt, in order to match with the (1210) rows of the Ru(1010) surface. This compression leads to enhanced catalytic activity towards CO oxidation for thin Pt deposits whereas for large deposited Pt particles the dominating factor for the catalytic enhancement is the higher concentration of surface defects. On the other hand, in the case of methanol oxidation, the dominant factor in determining the catalytic activity is the concentration of adjacent Pt-Ru sites, although surface defects play an important role in the methanol dehydrogenation steps.

  19. Effect of temperature on compact layer of Pt electrode in PEMFCs by first-principles molecular dynamics calculations

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    He, Yang; Chen, Changfeng; Yu, Haobo; Lu, Guiwu

    2017-01-01

    Formation of the double-layer electric field and capacitance of the water-metal interface is of significant interest in physicochemical processes. In this study, we perform first- principles molecular dynamics simulations on the water/Pt(111) interface to investigate the temperature dependence of the compact layer electric field and capacitance based on the calculated charge densities. On the Pt (111) surface, water molecules form ice-like structures that exhibit more disorder along the height direction with increasing temperature. The Osbnd H bonds of more water molecules point toward the Pt surface to form Ptsbnd H covalent bonds with increasing temperature, which weaken the corresponding Osbnd H bonds. In addition, our calculated capacitance at 300 K is 15.2 mF/cm2, which is in good agreement with the experimental results. As the temperature increases from 10 to 450 K, the field strength and capacitance of the compact layer on Pt (111) first increase and then decrease slightly, which is significant for understanding the water/Pt interface from atomic level.

  20. Heuristic method of fabricating counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells based on a PEDOT:PSS layer as a catalytic material

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    Edalati, Sh; Houshangi far, A.; Torabi, N.; Baneshi, Z.; Behjat, A.

    2017-02-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylendioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) was deposited on a fluoride-doped tin oxide glass substrate using a heuristic method to fabricate platinum-free counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this heuristic method a thin layer of PEDOT:PPS is obtained by spin coating the PEDOT:PSS on a Cu substrate and then removing the substrate with FeCl3. The characteristics of the deposited PEDOT:PSS were studied by energy dispersive x-ray analysis and scanning electron microscopy, which revealed the micro-electronic specifications of the cathode. The aforementioned DSSCs exhibited a solar conversion efficiency of 3.90%, which is far higher than that of DSSCs with pure PEDOT:PSS (1.89%). This enhancement is attributed not only to the micro-electronic specifications but also to the HNO3 treatment through our heuristic method. The results of cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization plots show the modified cathode has a dual function, including excellent conductivity and electrocatalytic activity for iodine reduction.

  1. Facile synthesis of porous CuS film as a high efficient counter electrode for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Lin, Yibing; Lin, Yu; Wu, Jihuai; Zhang, Xiaolong; Fang, Biaopeng

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, porous CuS film has been successfully prepared by a facile method and employed as a counter electrode (CE) in quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) for its highest catalytic activity. This CuS thin film was deposited on FTO substrate via spin coating process which is simple to operate, and its electrochemical properties were further studied by EIS and Tafel measurement. With the cycling time of depositing CuS up to 8, it displays high electrocatalytic activity toward polysulfide reduction, rationalizing the improved QDSSCs performance. Using the CdS/CdSe-sensitized QDSSCs, the cells exhibit improved short-circuit photocurrent density ( J sc) and fill factor (FF), achieving solar cell conversion efficiency ( η) as high as 5.60 % under AM 1.5 illumination of 100 mW cm-2. This work provides a novel and simple method for the preparation of CEs, which could be utilized in other metal sulfides CEs for QDSSCs.

  2. Vanadium oxides (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) prepared with different methods for application as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs)

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    Wu, Kezhong; Sun, Xiaolong; Duan, Chongyuan; Gao, Jing; Wu, Mingxing [Hebei Normal University, College of Chemistry and Material Science, Key Laboratory of Inorganic Nano-materials of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province (China)

    2016-09-15

    V{sub 2}O{sub 5} was synthesized by four different procedures employing thermal decomposition, sol-gel, and hydrothermal methods which were subsequently introduced into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as counter electrode (CE) catalysts for the regeneration of traditional iodide/triiodide (I{sup -}/I{sub 3} {sup -}) redox couple. The catalytic activities of as-prepared V{sub 2}O{sub 5} were significantly affected by the synthetic routes as evidenced by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and Tafel polarization curve. Power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSCs employing V{sub 2}O{sub 5} CE, fabricated by thermal decomposition method, was observed to be 3.80 % by using citric acid as an additive, while the PCE of the DSCs using V{sub 2}O{sub 5} CE prepared by hydrothermal and thermal decomposition methods without additive, as well as by a sol-gel procedure, was determined to be 2.13, 2.08, and 2.04 %, respectively. (orig.)

  3. Honeycomb-like poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) as an effective and transparent counter electrode in bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Honggang; Xiao, Yaoming; Han, Gaoyi; Hou, Wenjing

    2017-02-01

    Honeycomb-like poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) counter electrode (CE) for the bifacial dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is first prepared by a facile method using a sacrificial template of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). Cyclic voltammetry and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer measurements indicate that the PEDOT CE with honeycomb-like nanostructure demonstrates excellent electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of triiodide (I3-) to iodide (I-) and high transparency for the backside illumination. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements show that the honeycomb-like nanostructure reduces the CE's resistance for the transfer of electrons from the external circuit back to the redox electrolyte. The bifacial DSSC based on the honeycomb-like PEDOT CE yields front and rear efficiencies of 9.12% and 5.75%, which are higher than those of the bifacial DSSC based on the flat PEDOT (8.05% and 3.78% respectively). These promising results highlight the potential application of the facile template method for preparing other cost-effective and transparent CEs, which can be used in bifacial solar cells and tandem devices.

  4. A microwave synthesized CuxS and graphene oxide nanoribbon composite as a highly efficient counter electrode for quantum dot sensitized solar cells.

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    Ghosh, Dibyendu; Halder, Ganga; Sahasrabudhe, Atharva; Bhattacharyya, Sayan

    2016-05-19

    To boost the photoconversion efficiency (PCE) of ever promising quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), and to improve the design of photoanodes, the ability of the counter electrode (CE) to effectively reduce the oxidized electrolyte needs special attention. A composite of a 15 wt% graphene oxide nanoribbon (GOR), obtained by unzipping multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and CuxS intersecting hexagonal nanoplates, synthesized by a low cost, facile and scalable microwave synthesis route, is reported as a fascinating CE for QDSSCs. The best performing Cu1.18S-GOR CE could notably achieve a record PCE of ∼3.55% for CdS sensitized QDSSCs, ∼5.42% for in situ deposited CdS/CdSe co-sensitized QDSSCs and ∼6.81% for CdTe/CdS/CdS dual sensitized QDSSCs, apart from increasing the PCE of previously reported QDSSCs. A systematic investigation of the CE design revealed the high electrocatalytic activity of GOR due to the presence of organic functional groups, graphitic edge sites and a quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) structure, which increases the interfacial charge transfer kinetics from the CE to the polysulfide electrolyte. The highly stable Cu1.18S-GOR CE has the added advantage of a favourable energy band alignment with the redox potential of the polysulfide electrolyte, which reduces the loss of charge carriers and thus can increase the PCE of QDSSCs.

  5. W-doped TiO2 mesoporous electron transport layer for efficient hole transport material free perovskite solar cells employing carbon counter electrodes

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    Xiao, Yuqing; Cheng, Nian; Kondamareddy, Kiran Kumar; Wang, Changlei; Liu, Pei; Guo, Shishang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2017-02-01

    Doping of TiO2 by metal elements for the scaffold layer of the perovskite solar cells has been proved to be one of the effective methods to improve the power conversion efficiency. In the present work, we report the impact of doping of TiO2 nanoparticles with different amounts of tungsten (W) on the photovoltaic properties of hole transport material free perovskite solar cells (PSCs) that employ carbon counter electrode. Light doping with W (less than 1000 ppm) improves the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of solar cells by promoting the electron conductivity in the TiO2 layer which facilitates electron transfer and collection. With the incorporation of W, average efficiency of PSCs is increased from 9.1% for the un-doped samples to 10.53% for the 1000 ppm W-doped samples, mainly originates from the increase of short circuit current density and fill factor. Our champion cell exhibits an impressive PCE of 12.06% when using the 1000 ppm W-doped TiO2 films.

  6. Exploring the main function of reduced graphene oxide nano-flakes in a nickel cobalt sulfide counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Lu, Man-Ning; Lin, Jeng-Yu; Wei, Tzu-Chien

    2016-11-01

    Addition of carbonaceous materials into transition metal sulfide counter electrode (CE) of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a common method to improve the performance of the CE and consequent photovoltaic performance. This improvement is almost without exception attributed to the improvement of overall conductivity after the carbonaceous material addition; however, the root function of these carbonaceous materials in promoting the solar cell efficiency is seldom discussed. In this study, highly crystallized nickel cobalt sulfide (NCS) micro-particles were mixed with a small portion of home-made reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nano-flakes. This NCS/rGO hybrid is subjected to extensive characterizations including X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It is found that the rGO acts bi-functionally including a co-catalyst in accelerating the tri-iodide reduction for the main NCS catalysts, conductivity promotor to decrease the series resistance of the CE. Proved by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, it is confirmed that the decrease in series resistance is less insignificant than that in charge transfer resistance, indicating rGO functions more profoundly as a co-catalyst than as a conductivity promotor. Moreover, an argument to highlight the requirement of a CE in a dim-light optimized DSSC is also proposed.

  7. Hole-Conductor-Free Mesoscopic TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 Heterojunction Solar Cells Based on Anatase Nanosheets and Carbon Counter Electrodes.

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    Rong, Yaoguang; Ku, Zhiliang; Mei, Anyi; Liu, Tongfa; Xu, Mi; Ko, Songguk; Li, Xiong; Han, Hongwei

    2014-06-19

    A hole-conductor-free fully printable mesoscopic TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 heterojunction solar cell was developed with TiO2 nanosheets containing high levels of exposed (001) facets. The solar cell embodiment employed a double layer of mesoporous TiO2 and ZrO2 as a scaffold infiltrated by perovskite as a light harvester. No hole conductor or Au reflector was employed. Instead, the back contact was simply a printable carbon layer. The perovskite was infiltrated from solution through the porous carbon layer. The high reactivity of (001) facets in TiO2 nanosheets improved the interfacial properties between the perovskite and the electron collector. As a result, photoelectric conversion efficiency of up to 10.64% was obtained with the hole-conductor-free fully printable mesoscopic TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3 heterojunction solar cell. The advantages of fully printable technology and the use of low-cost carbon-materials-based counter electrode and hole-conductor-free structure provide this design a promising prospect to approach low-cost photovoltaic devices.

  8. Composite films of metal doped CoS/carbon allotropes; efficient electrocatalyst counter electrodes for high performance quantum dot-sensitized solar cells.

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    Khalili, Seyede Sara; Dehghani, Hossein; Afrooz, Malihe

    2017-05-01

    This study reports the enhanced catalytic ability of metal ions-doped CoS and CoS/carbon allotrope counter electrodes (CEs) (synthesized using a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method) to improve the power conversion efficiency (η) in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). Firstly, doping effects of different metal ions (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+)) in the CoS CE on the QDSSCs performance have been investigated. Overall, among the different metal doped CoS CEs, the best energy conversion efficiency of 2.19%, achieved for Sr, is the highest reported for QDSSCs constructed with metal doped CoS. A sandwich structural Sr- and Ba-CoS/carbon allotrope (graphene sheet (GS), graphene oxide (GO) and carbon nanotube (CNT)) composite CEs have been prepared by repeating electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of carbon materials and deposition of CoS nanoparticles. Dramatic enhancements of η have been observed with the Sr- and Ba-CoS/GO CEs based QDSSCs (∼76% and ∼41%, respectively), which is higher than that of the bare CoS CE. Because of the large specific surface area and superior electrical conductivity of GS, GO and CNT and the high electrocatalytic activity of CoS, these CEs show an improvement in the photocurrent density in the cells, as revealed from electrochemical and spectral data.

  9. Photovoltaic performances of Cu2-xTe sensitizer based on undoped and indium(3+)-doped TiO2 photoelectrodes and assembled counter electrodes.

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    Srathongluan, Pornpimol; Kuhamaneechot, Rattanakorn; Sukthao, Prapatsawan; Vailikhit, Veeramol; Choopun, Supab; Tubtimtae, Auttasit

    2016-02-01

    Novel binary Cu2-xTe nanoparticles based on undoped and indium-doped TiO2 photoelectrodes were synthesized using a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique as a sensitizer for liquid-junction solar cells. A larger diameter of TiO2 promoted a narrower energy band gap after indium doping, attributing to yield a broader absorption range of nanoparticle sensitizer due to the increasing amount of Cu2-xTe NPs on TiO2 surface. The atomic percentages showed the stoichiometric formation of Cu2Te incorporated in a Cu2-xTe structure. The best photovoltaic performance with the lower SILAR cycle, i.e., n=13 was performed after indium doping in both of carbon and Cu2S CEs and revealed that the efficiency of 0.73% under the radiant 100mW/cm(2) (AM 1.5G). The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate the electrical properties via effect of material doping and counter electrodes with a lower charge-transfer resistance (Rct) and it was also found that the electron lifetime was improved after the sample doped with indium and assembled with carbon CE.

  10. 聚吡咯/石墨复合对电极在染料敏化太阳能电池中的应用研究%Application Research of Polypyrrole/Graphite Composite Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    冯小明; 黄先威; 谭卓; 赵斌; 谭松庭

    2011-01-01

    通过化学氧化法制备了聚吡咯纳米粒子,并将其与石墨共混旋涂于ITO导电玻璃上,作为染料敏化太阳能电池的对电极.通过SEM观察到聚吡咯纳米粒子粒径在80~100 nm之间,循环伏安测试表明聚吡咯电极对I2/I-电解质氧化还原体系具有较好的催化能力.光伏电池的电化学交流阻抗测试结果说明掺入石墨后可有效降低聚吡咯对电极的电荷转移阻抗.以钌染料N719为光敏剂,聚吡咯/石墨复合电极为对电极组装成的染料敏化太阳能电池,在AM 1.5(100mW·cm-2)的模拟太阳光照射下,得到6.01%的光电转换效率,达到相同条件下铂对电极性能的92%.%Polypyrrole (PPy) nanoparticles were synthesized and mixed with graphite to fabricate PPy/graphite composite counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The SEM investigation showed that PPy with porous and particle diameter in 80~100 nm is covered on the ITO glass. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) analysis of the PPy electrode exhibited favorable catalytic activity for I2/I- redox reaction. The charge-transfer resistance (Rct) of PPy electrode decreased after the addition of graphite. Overall energy conversion efficiency of the DSSCs based on the ruthenium dye (N719) with PPy/graphite composite counter electrode reached 6.01% under simulated AM 1.5 irradiation (100 mW/cm2), which was 92% of the energy conversion efficiency of the DSSCs with Pt electrode.

  11. Electrochemical deposition of molybdenum sulfide thin films on conductive plastic substrates as platinum-free flexible counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cheng, Chao-Kuang; Hsieh, Chien-Kuo, E-mail: jack_hsieh@mail.mcut.edu.tw

    2015-06-01

    In this study, pulsed electrochemical deposition (pulsed ECD) was used to deposit molybdenum sulfide (MoS{sub x}) thin films on indium tin oxide/polyethylene naphthalate (ITO/PEN) substrates as flexible counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The surface morphologies and elemental distributions of the prepared MoS{sub x} thin films were examined using field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The chemical states and crystallinities of the prepared MoS{sub x} thin films were examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. The optical transmission (T (%)) properties of the prepared MoS{sub x} samples were determined by ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometry. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Tafel-polarization measurements were performed to analyze the electrochemical properties and catalytic activities of the thin films for redox reactions. The FE-SEM results showed that the MoS{sub x} thin films were deposited uniformly on the ITO/PEN flexible substrates via the pulsed ECD method. The CV and Tafel-polarization curve measurements demonstrated that the deposited MoS{sub x} thin films exhibited excellent performances for the reduction of triiodide ions. The photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSSC produced with the pulsed ECD MoS{sub x} thin-film CE was examined by a solar simulator. In combination with a dye-sensitized TiO{sub 2} working electrode and an iodine-based electrolyte, the DSSC with the MoS{sub x} flexible CE showed a PCE of 4.39% under an illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mW cm{sup −2}). Thus, we report that the MoS{sub x} thin films are active catalysts for triiodide reduction. The MoS{sub x} thin films are prepared at room temperature and atmospheric pressure and in a simple and rapid manner. This is an important practical contribution to the production of flexible low-cost thin-film CEs based on plastic substrates. The MoS{sub x

  12. Application of Cu2S Counter Electrode in Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells%硫化亚铜对电极在量子点敏化太阳电池中的应用

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    朱俊; 余学超; 王时茂; 董伟伟; 胡林华; 方晓东; 戴松元

    2013-01-01

    Cu2S counter electrodes were prepared from the metal chalcogenide complex precursor using a novel method. A porous TiO2 nanoparticle film and TiO2 nanorod array photoanode were also fabricated. The corresponding CdS/CdSe-sensitized solar cel s with the Cu2S counter electrode were assembled and their photovoltaic performances were studied. The catalytic performance of the Cu2S counter electrodes was investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Compared with a platinum counter electrode, the Cu2S one exhibited higher catalytic activity and better photovoltaic performance in quantum dot-sensitized solar cel s.%  报道了一种基于硫族金属复合物N4H9Cu7S4前驱体溶液制备硫化亚铜对电极的新方法。分别制备了TiO2纳米颗粒多孔薄膜和TiO2纳米棒阵列结构的光阳极,并在此基础上研究了基于硫化亚铜对电极的CdS/CdSe量子点敏化太阳电池的光电性能,同时结合电化学阻抗技术考察了硫化亚铜对电极的催化性能。结果表明:与铂电极相比,本方法制备的硫化亚铜电极对多硫电解质具有更高的催化活性,所组装的CdS/CdSe量子点敏化太阳电池具有更优的光伏性能。

  13. 基于Pt电极的TiO2紫外探测器研究%Research on TiO2 Ultraviolet Photodetectors with Pt Electrodes

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    解天骄; 郭文滨; 阮圣平; 张海峰; 沈亮; 李福民; 刘彩霞

    2012-01-01

    To solve the problems of insensitive response and low degree photoresponse in wide bandgap semiconductor UV(ultraviolet) photodetectors,Pt electrodes with high work function was introduced to TiO2 ultraviolet detectors. TiO2 ultraviolet detectors with Pt electrodes have been fabricated and studied. Nano TiO2 thin films were prepared by sol-gel method,and Pt film was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering directly on the semiconductor films. At 5 V bias,the dark current of the detectors was 4. 5 nA,and the photocurrent was 5. 7 μA under irradiation of 260 nm UV light. High photoresponse of 447 A/W was found under irradiation of 260 nm UV light,which is much higher than those of photodetectors with other electrodes (about 200 A/W). At last,the peripheral circuit was designed and the final UV photodetector was fabricated. Experiments show that the detector successfully solve the problems of traditional wide-bandgap semiconductor ultraviolet detector.%针对宽禁带半导体紫外探测器响应不够灵敏和响应度偏低等问题,将具有高功函数的Pt电极引入TiO2紫外探测器,采用溶胶凝胶法制备了纳米TiO2薄膜.以金属Pt为电极,采用磁控溅射的方法,将Pt电极溅射在TiO2纳米薄膜上,制作了MSM (Metal-Semiconductor-Metal)型紫外探测器件.在5V偏压下,探测器的暗电流为4.5 nA,260 nm波长光照下的光电流为5.7 μA.在260 nm的紫外光照射下,探测器的响应度达到最大值,约为447 A/W,与其他紫外探测器(200 A/W左右)的响应度均值相比有了很大的提升.最后,设计外围电路,制作出功能完整的紫外强度测试仪.实验表明,该探测器成功地解决了传统宽禁带半导体紫外探测器灵敏度及响应度偏低等问题.

  14. Electrodeposition of copper on a Pt(111) electrode in sulfuric acid containing poly(ethylene glycol) and chloride ions as probed by in situ STM.

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    Fu, YunLin; Pao, Te; Chen, Sih-Zih; Yau, ShuehLin; Dow, Wei-Ping; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2012-07-03

    This study employed real-time in situ STM imaging to examine the adsorption of PEG molecules on Pt(111) modified by a monolayer of copper adatoms and the subsequent bulk Cu deposition in 1 M H(2)SO(4) + 1 mM CuSO(4)+ 1 mM KCl + 88 μM PEG. At the end of Cu underpotential deposition (~0.35 V vs Ag/AgCl), a highly ordered Pt(111)-(√3 × √7)-Cu + HSO(4)(-) structure was observed in 1 M H(2)SO(4) + 1 mM CuSO(4). This adlattice restructured upon the introduction of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG, molecular weight 200) and chloride anions. At the onset potential for bulk Cu deposition (~0 V), a Pt(111)-(√3 × √3)R30°-Cu + Cl(-) structure was imaged with a tunneling current of 0.5 nA and a bias voltage of 100 mV. Lowering the tunneling current to 0.2 nA yielded a (4 × 4) structure, presumably because of adsorbed PEG200 molecules. The subsequent nucleation and deposition processes of Cu in solution containing PEG and Cl(-) were examined, revealing the nucleation of 2- to 3-nm-wide CuCl clusters on an atomically smooth Pt(111) surface at overpotentials of less than 50 mV. With larger overpotential (η > 150 mV), Cu deposition seemed to bypass the production of CuCl species, leading to layered Cu deposition, starting preferentially at step defects, followed by lateral growth to cover the entire Pt electrode surface. These processes were observed with both PEG200 and 4000, although the former tended to produce more CuCl nanoclusters. Raising [H(2)SO(4)] to 1 M substantiates the suppressing effect of PEG on Cu deposition. This STM study provided atomic- or molecular-level insight into the effect of PEG additives on the deposition of Cu.

  15. Adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode: An in situ IR spectroscopy search for adsorbed reaction intermediates.

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    Jusys, Zenonas; Behm, R Jürgen

    2014-01-01

    As part of a mechanistic study of the electrooxidation of C1 molecules we have systematically investigated the dissociative adsorption/oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode under experimental conditions optimizing the chance for detecting weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates. Employing in situ IR spectroscopy in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS) with p-polarized IR radiation to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and using low reaction temperatures (3 °C) and deuterium substitution to slow down the reaction kinetics and to stabilize weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates, we could detect an IR absorption band at 1660 cm(-1) characteristic for adsorbed formyl intermediates. This assignment is supported by an isotope shift in wave number. Effects of temperature, potential and deuterium substitution on the formation and disappearance of different adsorbed species (COad, adsorbed formate, adsorbed formyl), are monitored and quantified. Consequences on the mechanism for dissociative adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde are discussed.

  16. A microwave synthesized CuxS and graphene oxide nanoribbon composite as a highly efficient counter electrode for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Ghosh, Dibyendu; Halder, Ganga; Sahasrabudhe, Atharva; Bhattacharyya, Sayan

    2016-05-01

    To boost the photoconversion efficiency (PCE) of ever promising quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), and to improve the design of photoanodes, the ability of the counter electrode (CE) to effectively reduce the oxidized electrolyte needs special attention. A composite of a 15 wt% graphene oxide nanoribbon (GOR), obtained by unzipping multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and CuxS intersecting hexagonal nanoplates, synthesized by a low cost, facile and scalable microwave synthesis route, is reported as a fascinating CE for QDSSCs. The best performing Cu1.18S-GOR CE could notably achieve a record PCE of ~3.55% for CdS sensitized QDSSCs, ~5.42% for in situ deposited CdS/CdSe co-sensitized QDSSCs and ~6.81% for CdTe/CdS/CdS dual sensitized QDSSCs, apart from increasing the PCE of previously reported QDSSCs. A systematic investigation of the CE design revealed the high electrocatalytic activity of GOR due to the presence of organic functional groups, graphitic edge sites and a quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) structure, which increases the interfacial charge transfer kinetics from the CE to the polysulfide electrolyte. The highly stable Cu1.18S-GOR CE has the added advantage of a favourable energy band alignment with the redox potential of the polysulfide electrolyte, which reduces the loss of charge carriers and thus can increase the PCE of QDSSCs.To boost the photoconversion efficiency (PCE) of ever promising quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), and to improve the design of photoanodes, the ability of the counter electrode (CE) to effectively reduce the oxidized electrolyte needs special attention. A composite of a 15 wt% graphene oxide nanoribbon (GOR), obtained by unzipping multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and CuxS intersecting hexagonal nanoplates, synthesized by a low cost, facile and scalable microwave synthesis route, is reported as a fascinating CE for QDSSCs. The best performing Cu1.18S-GOR CE could notably achieve a record PCE of ~3

  17. Modulation of Electrochemical Oscillations by Specific Adsorption of Cl- during the Electrooxidation of Methanol on Pt Electrode

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    2002-01-01

    Potential oscillation during the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol can be modulated by the specific adsorption of Cl- on the platinum electrode, which suppresses the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol, and makes the cross cycle in the cyclic voltammogram become smaller and finally disappear with the increase of Cl- concentration. The method is also applicable to the electrocatalytic oxidation of other small organic molecules.

  18. 甲醇在不同结构氧化钨-Pt/C催化剂上的电催化氧化行为%Compared Study of Catalytic Activity for Methanol Oxidation on Different Pt-WO3/C Electrodes

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    闫鹏; 徐英明; 赵辉; 霍丽华; 高山

    2011-01-01

    Tungsten oxide-based nano-materials with two different crystal structures were prepared by hydrothermal method and characterized by X-ray diffraction ( XRD) and electron probe micro analyzer (EPMA) , respectively. The electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation on Pt-WO3/C electrode was studied by cyclic voltammetry. The results indicate that the electrocatalytic activity of Pt-WO3/C is much higher than that of Pt/C catalyst. For various amount of WO3, the catalyst with 20% mass fraction of WO3 has the best electrocatalytic activity. The electrocatalytic activity of the pyrochlore type tungsten oxide doped Pt/C electrode is higher than that of the tungsten bronze doped electrode, which is likely due to the strong attractions of OH^ on the surface of pyrochlore type tungsten oxide. The current density of the pyrochlore type tungsten oxide doped Pt/C electrode for electro-oxidation of methanol is 87. 2 x 10 "3 A/cm2 in 0. 5 mol/L CH30H + 1 mol/L H2SO4 solution.%采用水热法合成2种氧化钨( WO3)纳米材料,并利用XRD和电子探针显微分析仪(EPMA)进行了表征.利用循环伏安法研究了Pt-WO3/C电极对甲醇氧化的电催化活性.结果表明,Pt-WO#C催化剂对甲醇氧化的电催化活性优于Pt/C催化剂,且氧化钨质量分数为20%的Pt-氧化钨/C催化效果最好.与青铜相氧化钨掺杂的Pt/C电极比较,掺杂焦绿石型氧化钨的Pt/C电极催化性能有很大提高,这是由于焦绿石型氧化钨表面具有较多OH..质量分数20%的Pt-焦绿石型氧化钨/C在0.5mol/LCH3OH+1 mol/L H2SO4溶液中对甲醇氧化的峰电流密度达到87.2×10-3 A/cm2.

  19. High-performance membrane electrode assembly with multi-functional Pt/SnO2eSiO2/C catalyst for proton exchange membrane fuel cell operated under low-humidity conditions

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    Hou, S

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A novel self-humidifying membrane electrode assembly (MEA) with homemade multifunctional Pt/SnO(sub2)-SiO(sub2)/C as the anode was developed to improve the performance of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell under low humidity. The MEAs' performance...

  20. Electrocatalytic Properties of Pt-TiO2 Nanotubes Electrode Prepared by Pulse Electrodeposition Method%脉冲电沉积法制备Pt-TiO2纳米管电极及其电催化性能

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    孟祥龙; 李洪义; 王金淑

    2012-01-01

    Platinum (Pt) nanoflower structure was electrodeposited on the surface of the aligned TiO2 nano-tube, which was fabricated by anodic oxidation on titanium samples. The obtained electrode was characterized by XRD and SEM. The experiment results show that Pt is dispersed on the TiO2 nanotubes in the shape of nanoflowers, particle size is 25. 6 nm based on the calculations of XRD. Compared with pure Pt and clean TiO2 nanotube arrays, the hybrid electrodes' electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation has been greatly improved. The oxidation current densities on Pt-TiO2 nanotubes electrode are 40 times higher than that of pure platinum electrode. The hybrid electrode shows promising applications in many fields, such as direct methanol fuel cell, treatment of polluted water and so on.%采用阳极氧化法在高纯钛片上原位组装TiO2纳米管阵列,然后用脉冲电沉积方法将Pt沉积到TiO2纳米管阵列上,制备出Pt-TiO2纳米管电极.利用XRD和SEM对所获电极的微观结构和形貌进行表征,结果表明,Pt纳米颗粒以花簇状分散在TiO2纳米管上,晶粒大小约为25.6 nm.对甲醇的电催化性能的研究结果表明,脉冲电沉积制得的Pt-TiO2纳米管电极比TiO2纳米管电极和纯Pt片电极具有更高的电催化活性,是Pt电极的40多倍.

  1. Enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the Au-electrodeposited Pt nanoparticles-coated conducting oxide for the quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Yoon, Yeung-Pil; Kim, Jae-Hong; Kang, Soon-Hyung; Kim, Hyunsoo; Choi, Chel-Jong; Kim, Kyong-Kook; Ahn, Kwang-Soon

    2014-08-01

    Au was electrodeposited potentiostatically at 0.3 V for 5 min on nanoporous Pt nanoparticle-coated F-doped SnO2 (FTO/Pt) substrates. For comparison, Au-electrodeposited FTO (FTO/Au) and Au-uncoated FTO/Pt were prepared. FTO/Au showed large-sized Au clusters dispersed sparsely over FTO, which resulted in lower electrocatalytic activity than FTO/Pt. In contrast, FTO/Pt exhibited poor stability unlike FTO/Au due to poisoning by the adsorption of sulfur species. The Au-electrodeposited FTO/Pt (FTO/Pt/Au) consisted of small Au clusters deposited over the entire area of Pt due to the effective Au nucleation provided by nanoporous metallic Pt. FTO/Pt/Au exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity and excellent stability because the small Au particles well-dispersed over the nanoporous metallic Pt network provided numerous electrochemical reaction sites, and the Pt surface was not exposed to the electrolyte. When FTO/Pt/Au was used as the counter electrode (CE) of a quantum dot-sensitized solar cell, the significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the FTO/Pt/Au CE facilitated the reduction reaction of Sn2- + 2e- (CE) → Sn-12- + S2- at the CE/electrolyte interface, resulting in a significantly hindered recombination reaction, Sn2- + 2e- (TiO2 in the photoanode) → Sn-12- + S2-, and significantly improved overall energy conversion efficiency.

  2. Graphene nanoribbon/FePt bimetallic nanoparticles/uric acid as a novel magnetic sensing layer of screen printed electrode for sensitive determination of ampyra.

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    Hashemi, Pegah; Bagheri, Hasan; Afkhami, Abbas; Amidi, Salimeh; Madrakian, Tayyebeh

    2018-01-01

    A novel electrochemical sensor for sensitive determination of ampyra (Am) based on graphene nanoribbons modified by iron-platinum bimetallic nanoparticles and uric acid (SPCE/FePtGNR/UA) dropped on the screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) surface and magnetically captured onto an SPCE working electrode surface is reported in the present work. The modified nanocomposite and sensing layer was characterized by different techniques, including cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray powdered diffraction (XRD). Am determination by conventional electrochemical methods is not possible, because of its high redox overpotential. Therefore, the differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) signals of UA were used as a redox probe for indirect electrochemical determination of Am. The limit of detection (LOD) and linear concentration range were obtained as 0.028 and 0.08-9.0µmolL(-1) (3Sb/m = 3), respectively. The feasibility of the proposed method was examined by the detection of Am in biological and pharmaceutical samples with satisfactory results. The constructed electrochemical sensor was applied for fast, simple and sensitive detection of Am in real environments. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Comparative analysis of the electroactive area of Pt/C PEMFC electrodes in liquid and solid polymer contact by underpotential hydrogen adsorption/desorption

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    Chaparro, A.M.; Martin, A.J.; Folgado, M.A.; Gallardo, B. [Dep. de Energia, CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Daza, L. [Dep. de Energia, CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-06-15

    Because of the different experimental conditions found in literature for the measurement of the electroactive area of Pt/C electrodes of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) by means of underpotential hydrogen adsorption (H{sub UPD}) voltammetry, specially concerning sweep rate and temperature, it was found necessary to perform an analysis of these parameters. With this aim, the electroactive area of PEMFC electrodes has been measured by means of H{sub UPD} voltammetry at different sweep rates and temperatures, in liquid electrolyte and solid polymer contact. Both configurations show that H{sub UPD} adsorption and desorption charges are strongly dependent on sweep rate voltage and temperature. The most common behaviour observed is a maximum in H{sub UPD} desorption charge, typically in the 100-10 mV s{sup -1} sweep rate range, whereas H{sub UPD} adsorption charge shows continuous increase with decreasing sweep rate. The decrease of desorption charge at low sweep rates is attributed to adsorbing species related with carbon support reactivity. These processes are also responsible for the increase in desorption H{sub UPD} charge at low sweep rate. At high sweep rate, both adsorption and desorption H{sub UPD} charges decrease due to limiting diffusion of protons through the microporous electrode. As a consequence, it is found that the closest approximation to the real electroactive area (i.e. the area accessible to protons) corresponds to the maximum in the H{sub UPD} desorption charge in the range of 10-100 mV s{sup -1} sweep rate. The influence of measuring temperature is also tested in the range 25 C-80 C. A dependence of the adsorption and desorption hydrogen charges is found, due to thermodynamic and kinetics factors. We observe that the processes competing with hydrogen adsorption, i.e. generation and adsorption of carbon species are enhanced with temperature, so a low measuring temperature is found as most appropriate. (author)

  4. Dynamic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of Pt/C-based membrane-electrode assemblies subjected to cycling protocols

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    Darab, Mahdi; Dahlstrøm, Per Kristian; Thomassen, Magnus Skinlo; Seland, Frode; Sunde, Svein

    2013-11-01

    A PEM fuel cell membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) was characterized by dynamic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (dEIS) before and after cycling in a single cell configuration. The cell was subjected to 100 cycles between 0.6 V and 1.5 V vs. RHE in N2/5% H2 and 80 °C and 100% RH. Initially, the impedance-plane plots contained first- and fourth-quadrant behavior, which is resulting from a reaction mechanism at the cathode involving adsorbed intermediates. After the cycling, the impedance spectra changed to display first-quadrant behavior only. This is suggested to be due to particle growth and possibly the formation of edges between agglomerated particles. The results show that dEIS is a sensitive technique to detect even very moderate changes in electrocatalyst structure.

  5. Multianalyte Biosensors for the Simultaneous Determination of Glucose and Galactose Based on Thin Film Electrodes

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    Neng Qin JIA; Zong Rang ZHANG; Jiang Zhong ZHU; Guo Xiong ZHANG

    2004-01-01

    A multianalyte biosensor for the simultaneous determination of glucose and galactose was developed by immobilizing glucose oxidase (GOD) and galactose oxidase (GAO) on Nafion-modified thin film platinum disk electrodes. The dual Pt working electrodes with disk shape and the surrounding ring shaped counter electrode were fabricated by thin film technology, which were integrated onto the same microchip. The response of the designed biosensor for glucose and galactose were linear up to 6.0 mmol/L and 3.5 mmol/L with sensitivities of 0.3 (A/mmol/L and 0.12 μA/mmol/L, respectively. No cross-talking effect was observed.

  6. Temperature effects on chemically modified Pt electrode sensing paracetamol%化学修饰铂电极传感扑热息痛中的温度效应

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    于丽波; 杨国程; 杨颖姝; 赵振波; 周德凤

    2012-01-01

    通过电化学方法制备了3类化学修饰电极:电化学氧化法将4-氨基苯甲酸(4-Amino-benzoic acid,4-ABA)共价修饰到铂电极上,形成单分子层膜修饰电极(4-ABA/Pt);恒电位沉积法将铂纳米粒子(Nanoparticles,NPs)修饰到铂电极上,形成NPs修饰电极(PtNPs/Pt);先恒电位,然后循环伏安将3-噻吩丙二酸(3-Thiophenemalonic acid,3-TMA)聚合到铂电极上,形成聚合物薄膜修饰电极(poly(3-TMA)/Pt)。线性伏安法测试3种修饰电极在不同温度下传感扑热息痛(Paracetamol,PCT),得出PCT在较宽浓度范围内都与其氧化峰电流呈良好的线性关系,但在不同温度条件下灵敏度是不同的。通过分析温度对PCT活度、离子导体和电子导体电阻的影响,对这一结果给出合理的解释。%Three kinds of chemically modified electrode(CME) are prepared with electrochemical method.With electrochemical oxidation,4-aminobenzoic acid(4-ABA) is covalently modified on Pt electrode to form the 4-ABA/Pt.With the potentiostatic method,the Pt nanoparticles(NPs) are electrodeposited on Pt electrode to form the PtNPs/Pt.With the potentiostatic process followed by cyclic voltammetry method,3-thiophenemalonic acid(3-TMA) is electropolymerized on Pt electrode to form the poly(3-TMA)/Pt.CMEs are applied to sense paracetamol(PCT) at different temperatures.The results show that the PCT concentration has a linear relationship with the oxidation peak current in a wide concentration range but the sensitivity is different at different temperature.The temperature effect on the PCT activity and resistance of ionic conductor and electronic conductor can be used to explain the result.

  7. Thermodynamic analysis of (bi)sulphate adsorption on a Pt(1 1 1) electrode as a function of pH

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    Garcia-Araez, Nuria; Climent, Victor; Rodriguez, Paramaconi; Feliu, Juan M. [Instituto de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apt. 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain)

    2008-10-01

    A complete thermodynamic study of (bi)sulphate adsorption on Pt(1 1 1) electrodes from solutions at four different pHs (pH 0.43, 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1) is reported. The effect of pH on the sum of the Gibbs excesses of sulphate and bisulphate species, standard Gibbs energies of adsorption and formal partial charge numbers is analyzed. The results provide relevant information on the nature of species involved in the different voltammetric features. The experiments at pH 0.43 were performed in a higher base electrolyte concentration (0.5 M), that allows the study of (bi)sulphate adsorption in a broader range of concentrations. Under these conditions, two adsorption steps are clearly defined, associated to two different voltammetric features, between 0.30 and 0.60 V and between 0.65 and 0.90 V (standard hydrogen scale, SHE). Once the pH is increased, a marked decrease in absolute value of the (bi)sulphate adsorption Gibbs energy is observed, concomitant with an increasing amount of OH co-adsorption. (author)

  8. Adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode: An in situ IR spectroscopy search for adsorbed reaction intermediates

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    Zenonas Jusys

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available As part of a mechanistic study of the electrooxidation of C1 molecules we have systematically investigated the dissociative adsorption/oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode under experimental conditions optimizing the chance for detecting weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates. Employing in situ IR spectroscopy in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS with p-polarized IR radiation to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and using low reaction temperatures (3 °C and deuterium substitution to slow down the reaction kinetics and to stabilize weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates, we could detect an IR absorption band at 1660 cm−1 characteristic for adsorbed formyl intermediates. This assignment is supported by an isotope shift in wave number. Effects of temperature, potential and deuterium substitution on the formation and disappearance of different adsorbed species (COad, adsorbed formate, adsorbed formyl, are monitored and quantified. Consequences on the mechanism for dissociative adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde are discussed.

  9. Studies of surface processes of electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 on Pt(210), Pt(310) and Pt(510)

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    FAN; ChunJie; FAN; YouJun; ZHEN; ChunHua; ZHENG; QingWei; SUN; ShiGang

    2007-01-01

    Surface processes of CO2 reduction on Pt(210), Pt(310), and Pt(510) electrodes were studied by cyclic voltammetry. Different surface structures of these platinum single crystal electrodes were obtained by various treatment conditions. The experimental results illustrated that the electrocatalytic activity of Pt single crystal electrodes towards CO2 reduction is decreased in an order of Pt(210)>Pt(310)>Pt(510), i.e., with the decrease of (110) step density on well-defined surfaces. When the surfaces were reconstructed due to oxygen adsorption, the catalytic activity of all the three electrodes has been enhanced to a certain extent. Although the activity order remains unchanged, the electrocatalytic activity has been enhanced more significantly as the density of (110) step sites is more intensive on the Pt single crystal surface. It has revealed that the more open the surface structure is, the more active the Pt single crystal electrode will be, and the easier for the electrode to be transformed into a surface structure that exhibits higher activity under external inductions. However, the relatively ordered surfaces of Pt single crystal electrode are comparatively stable under the same external inductions. The present study has gained knowledge on the interaction between CO2 and Pt single crystal electrode surfaces at a microscopic level, and thrown new insight into understanding the surface processes of electrocatalytic reduction of CO2.

  10. Factors determining the photovoltaic performance of a CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cell: the role of the linker molecule and of the counter electrode

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    Mora-Seró, Iván; Giménez, Sixto; Moehl, Thomas; Fabregat-Santiago, Francisco; Lana-Villareal, Teresa; Gómez, Roberto; Bisquert, Juan

    2008-10-01

    Colloidal CdSe quantum dots (QDs) of different sizes, prepared by a solvothermal route, have been employed as sensitizers of nanostructured TiO2 electrode based solar cells. Three different bifunctional linker molecules have been used to attach colloidal QDs to the TiO2 surface: mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), thioglycolic acid (TGA), and cysteine. The linker molecule plays a determinant role in the solar cell performance, as illustrated by the fact that the incident photon to charge carrier generation efficiency (IPCE) could be improved by a factor of 5-6 by using cysteine with respect to MPA. The photovoltaic properties of QD sensitized electrodes have been characterized for both three-electrode and closed two-electrode solar cell configurations. For three-electrode measurement a maximum power conversion efficiency near 1% can be deduced, but this efficiency is halved in the closed cell configuration mainly due to the decrease of the fill factor (FF).

  11. Electrodeposition of uranium and thorium onto small platinum electrodes

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    Reichenberger, Michael A., E-mail: mar89@ksu.edu [S.M.A.R.T. Laboratory, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dept., Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States); Ito, Takashi [Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 213 CBC Building, Manhattan, KS 66506-0401 (United States); Ugorowski, Philip B.; Montag, Benjamin W.; Stevenson, Sarah R.; Nichols, Daniel M.; McGregor, Douglas S. [S.M.A.R.T. Laboratory, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dept., Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States)

    2016-03-11

    Preparation of thin U- and Th-coated 0.3 mm diameter Pt working electrodes by the cyclic potential sweep method is described. Uranyl- and thorium hydroxide layers were electrodeposited from ethanol solutions containing 0.02 M natural uranyl and 0.02 M natural thorium nitrate, each with 3.6 M ammonium nitrate. The cell for electrodeposition was specially developed in order to accommodate the small working electrodes for this research by including a working electrode probe, 3-D translation stage, and microscope. The source material deposition was analyzed using digital microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, and confirmed using x-ray fluorescence measurements. The appropriate potential range for electrodeposition was determined to be −0.62 V to −0.64 V for a 0.3 mm diameter Pt working electrode placed 1 cm from the counter electrode. Smooth, uniform deposition was observed near the central region of the working electrode, while surface cracking and crystalline formations were found near the edge of the working electrode. The final procedure for sample substrate preparation, electrolytic solution preparation and electrodeposition are described.

  12. Electrodeposition of uranium and thorium onto small platinum electrodes

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    Reichenberger, Michael A.; Ito, Takashi; Ugorowski, Philip B.; Montag, Benjamin W.; Stevenson, Sarah R.; Nichols, Daniel M.; McGregor, Douglas S.

    2016-03-01

    Preparation of thin U- and Th-coated 0.3 mm diameter Pt working electrodes by the cyclic potential sweep method is described. Uranyl- and thorium hydroxide layers were electrodeposited from ethanol solutions containing 0.02 M natural uranyl and 0.02 M natural thorium nitrate, each with 3.6 M ammonium nitrate. The cell for electrodeposition was specially developed in order to accommodate the small working electrodes for this research by including a working electrode probe, 3-D translation stage, and microscope. The source material deposition was analyzed using digital microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, and confirmed using x-ray fluorescence measurements. The appropriate potential range for electrodeposition was determined to be -0.62 V to -0.64 V for a 0.3 mm diameter Pt working electrode placed 1 cm from the counter electrode. Smooth, uniform deposition was observed near the central region of the working electrode, while surface cracking and crystalline formations were found near the edge of the working electrode. The final procedure for sample substrate preparation, electrolytic solution preparation and electrodeposition are described.

  13. Pt- and TCO-Free Flexible Cathode for DSSC from Highly Conducting and Flexible PEDOT Paper Prepared via in Situ Interfacial Polymerization.

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    Anothumakkool, Bihag; Agrawal, Ishita; Bhange, Siddheshwar N; Soni, Roby; Game, Onkar; Ogale, Satishchandra B; Kurungot, Sreekumar

    2016-01-13

    Here, we report the preparation of a flexible, free-standing, Pt- and TCO-free counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC)-derived from polyethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT)-impregnated cellulose paper. The synthetic strategy of making the thin flexible PEDOT paper is simple and scalable, which can be achieved via in situ polymerization all through a roll coating technique. The very low sheet resistance (4 Ω/□) obtained from a film of 40 μm thick PEDOT paper (PEDOT-p-5) is found to be superior to the conventional fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate. The high conductivity (357 S/cm) displayed by PEDOT-p-5 is observed to be stable under ambient conditions as well as flexible and bending conditions. With all of these features in place, we could develop an efficient Pt- and TCO-free flexible counter electrode from PEDOT-p-5 for DSSC applications. The catalytic activity toward the tri-iodide reduction of the flexible electrode is analyzed by adopting various electrochemical methodologies. PEDOT-p-5 is found to display higher exchange current density (7.12 mA/cm(2)) and low charge transfer resistance (4.6 Ω) compared to the benchmark Pt-coated FTO glass (2.40 mA/cm(2) and 9.4 Ω, respectively). Further, a DSSC fabricated using PEDOT-p-5 as the counter electrode displays a comparable efficiency of 6.1% relative to 6.9% delivered by a system based on Pt/FTO as the counter electrode.

  14. Diode-type Gas Sensors Fabricated with a Titania Film on a Ti Plate and Pd-Pt Electrodes -Effects of Polymer Coating on the Hydrogen-sensing Properties-

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    Hyodo, T.; Nakaoka, M.; Kaneyasu, K.; Kato, H.; Yanagi, H.; Shimizu, Y.

    2011-10-01

    H2 responses of a diode-type gas sensor fabricated with a TiO2 film prepared by anodization of a Ti plate and Pd-Pt electrodes (Pd-Pt/TiO2) and the effects of polymer coating on the Pd-Pt/TiO2 sensor were investigated in this study. The H2 response of the Pd-Pt/TiO2 sensor in dry N2 was larger than that in dry air at 250°C, but the addition of moisture into the atmosphere reduced O2 concentration dependence of H2 response. The responses decreased drastically at lower temperature (50°C), but the responses in N2 were larger than those in air under both dry and wet conditions. The coating of polymer on the Pd-Pt/TiO2 sensor increased the H2 responses in wet air and N2 and reduced O2 concentration dependence of H2 responses.

  15. A high sensitive biosensor based on FePt/CNTs nanocomposite/N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-3,5-dinitrobenzamide modified carbon paste electrode for simultaneous determination of glutathione and piroxicam.

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    Karimi-Maleh, Hassan; Tahernejad-Javazmi, Fahimeh; Ensafi, Ali A; Moradi, Reza; Mallakpour, Shadpour; Beitollahi, Hadi

    2014-10-15

    This study describes the development, electrochemical characterization and utilization of novel modified N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-3,5-dinitrobenzamide-FePt/CNTs carbon paste electrode for the electrocatalytic determination of glutathione (GSH) in the presence of piroxicam (PXM) for the first time. The synthesized nanocomposite was characterized with different methods such as TEM and XRD. The modified electrode exhibited a potent and persistent electron mediating behavior followed by well-separated oxidation peaks of GSH and PXM. The peak currents were linearly dependent on GSH and PXM concentrations in the range of 0.004-340 and 0.5-550 µmol L(-1), with detection limits of 1.0 nmol L(-1) and 0.1 µmolL(-1), respectively. The modified electrode was successfully used for the determination of the analytes in real samples with satisfactory results.

  16. Nanoscale study of the ferroelectric properties of SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on epitaxial Pt electrodes using atomic force microscope

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    Gautier, Brice; Duclere, Jean-Rene; Guilloux-Viry, Maryline

    2003-07-15

    SrBi{sub 2}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBN) thin films deposited by laser ablation on epitaxial (1 0 0)Pt and (1 1 0)Pt have been studied using an atomic force microscope (AFM) in the so-called 'piezoresponse' mode. Previous X-ray studies have shown that in the first case two different orientations coexist in the film: a predominant (0 0 1) orientation with a (1 1 5) orientation. AFM topographical images reveal the presence of two different kinds of grains of different shape corresponding to each orientation and AFM piezoresponse images are in agreement with the crystallographic orientation of the grains: only the expected (1 1 5) oriented grains show a piezoelectric contrast. Moreover, hysteresis loops are obtained over (1 1 5) grains and not over (0 0 1) regions. Although (1 1 5) grains can be in a monodomain state, they also show intragranular ferroelectric domains with nanometric sizes, which orientation can be reversed by applying a dc field between the AFM tip and the grounded conductive bottom electrode of the sample. In the second case, the use of a (1 1 0)Pt electrode instead of a (1 0 0)Pt electrode leads to preferentially (1 1 6) SBN oriented films, inducing far better ferroelectrics properties. In spite of a weak remnant polarization, the surface shows an homogeneous polarization when a 1 {mu}mx1 {mu}m area is probed after the reversal of the polarization by the AFM tip.

  17. 基于MWCNT/TiO2对电极和硫醇盐/二硫化物非碘氧化还原电对的染料敏化太阳能电池性能%Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on MWCNT/TiO2 Counter Electrode and Thiolate/Disulfide Non-Iodine Redox Couple

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    王育乔; 王盼盼; 卢静; 白一超; 顾云良; 孙岳明

    2015-01-01

    Multi-wal ed carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/TiO2 composites were prepared using acid-treated MWCNT and titanium (IV) isopropoxide by a facile hydrothermal method. The morphology and structure of composites were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis with differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results show that the cohesion effect of MWCNT/TiO2 was due to the interaction between―COOH group of acid-treated MWCNT and―OH group of the anatase TiO2 surface, which might form a similar chemical bonding (O=C―O―Ti or C―O―Ti) interaction. The photoelectrochemical performance of dye-sensitized solar cel (DSSC) based on both MWCNT/TiO2 counter electrode and thiolate/disulfide (T-/T2) non-iodine redox couple was investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), Tafel and voltage-photocurrent density curves. The results indicate that the reduction of T2 to T-at MWCNT/TiO2 counter electrode was more effective than that of Pt counter electrode. Under optimized conditions (m(MWCNT)/m(TiO2), mass ratio), DSSC achieved an optimal performance, such as open-circuit voltage of 0.63 V, short-circuit photocurrent density of 15.81 mA∙cm-2, fil factor of 0.65, and photon-to-electron conversion efficiency of 6.47%.%采用水热法合成出多壁纳米碳管/二氧化钛(MWCNT/TiO2)复合物,并作为染料敏化太阳能电池(DSSC)中对电极材料并组装成电池.通过场发射扫描电子显微镜(FE-SEM)、傅里叶变换红外(FTIR)光谱、X射线粉末衍射(XRD)、同步热重-差示扫描量热(TGA-DSC)、拉曼(Raman)光谱和光电子能谱(XPS)等方法对其形貌、组成和结构进行表征.结果表明,酸化MWCNT表面―COOH与水热生长出的锐钛矿TiO2表面―OH之间,通过形成类似于O=C―O―Ti或者C―O―Ti的结

  18. Synthesis and characterization of a binary oxide ZrO2–TiO2 and its application in chlorophyll dye-sensitized solar cell with reduced graphene oxide as counter electrodes

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    Asha R Pai; Bipin Nair

    2015-09-01

    Natural dyes have been used to sensitize TiO2 nanocrystalline solar cells, but they still require pigment purification and co-adsorption of other compounds. In this study, nanocrystalline ZrO2–TiO2 films sensitized with the bioorganic dye, chlorophyll extracted from green leaves of Chromolaena odorata were investigated. The nanocrystalline ZrO2–TiO2 films were synthesized by the precipitation synthesis. The samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, UV–vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The photoelectrodes were prepared using ZrO2–TiO2 sensitized with the chlorophyll dye and the counter electrodes using reduced graphene oxide. The shift in the absorption wavelength of chlorophyll showed an increase of adsorption of dye. The conversion efficiency was also studied.

  19. Study of pressing effects and variation in Pt charge in the anode on the performance of membrane electrode assemblies; Estudio de los efectos de prensado y variacion de la carga de Pt en el anodo en el rendimiento de ensambles membrana-electrodo

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    Albarran S, Irma Lorena; Flores Hernandez, J. Roberto; Cano Castillo, Ulises [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico). E-mail: ilas@iie.org.mx; Loyola, Felix (UNAM, Facultad de Quimica, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2009-09-15

    Fabricating membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) involves different variables that determine their performance, such as: amount of the catalyst, concentration of the different solvents used in the fabrication of the catalyst dye, use of a thermomechanical process to increase the degree of adhesion between the catalyst layers and the membrane, etc. This work studied the effect of the Pt charge in the anode on performance, as well as the effect of the thermomechanical process on the fabrication of MEAs. It is evident that the optimal Pt charge should be that which provides good performance during an acceptable useful lifetime at a competitive cost. This work presents the results obtained by varying the Pt charge in the anode between 1.0 and 0.4 mgPt/cm{sup ²} while maintaining a constant charge of 1 mgPt/cm{sup ²} in the cathode. It also shows the comparison between the polarization curves and the active areas obtained in the MEAs with and without pressing during their fabrication. [Spanish] En la fabricacion de los Ensambles Membrana-Electrodo (MEA's) intervienen diferentes variables que determinan su desempeno, como lo son: cantidad de catalizador, concentracion de los diferentes solventes que se emplean en la fabricacion de la tinta catalitica, el uso de un proceso termomecanico para incrementar el grado de adherencia entre las capas cataliticas y la membrana, etc. De las variables anteriormente mencionadas, en este trabajo se estudio el efecto de la carga anodica de Pt en el desempeno, asi como del proceso termomecanico en la fabricacion de MEA's. Es evidente que la carga optima de Pt debe ser aquella que proporcione un buen rendimiento por un periodo de vida util aceptable a un costo competitivo. En este trabajo se presentan los resultados obtenidos al variar la carga de Pt en el anodo entre 1.0 a 0.4 mgPt/cm{sup ²} manteniendo una carga constante de 1 mgPt/cm{sup ²} en el catodo. Tambien se muestra la comparacion de las curvas de polarizacion y las

  20. Preparation of Pd/Pt Bimetallic Electrodes and Its Activity Toward Oxygen Reduction Reaction%Pd/Pt二元合金电极的制备及氧还原性能

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    方兰兰; 廖玲文; 刘少雄; 蔡俊; 李明芳; 陈艳霞

    2011-01-01

    利用Pt置换取代经欠电位沉积的亚单层Cu的方法,制备了不同组成的Pd/Pt二元合金电极(用Pd/Pt表示,x表示n置换取代欠电位沉积Cu过程的次数),并对其表面元素组成和氧还原性能进行了表征.在控制欠电位沉积Cu的下限电位恒定(0.34 V)的条件下,表面Pd/Pt的元素组成比通过重复Pt置换取代欠电位沉积Cu的次数(1~5次)来调控.光电子能谱(XPS)以及红外光谱实验结果表明,Pd/Pt电极表面的Pd/Pt元素组成比随着Pt沉积次数的增加而增加,对Pd/Pt电极,在电极表层约2~3 nm厚度内的Pt/Pd原子比为1:4,最表层的Pt/Pd原子比为4:1.循环伏安结果显示,随着Pt沉积次数的增加(1~5次),Pd/Pt电极表面越来越不易氧化.氧还原测试结果显示,随着Pt沉积次数(1~4次)的增加,Pd/Pt二元金属电极的氧还原活性依次增加,经过第3次沉积后其氧还原活性已优于纯Pt,而经4次以上沉积后其氧还原活性基本不变.在其它反应条件相同时,Pd/Pt电极上氧还原的半波电位与纯Pt相比右移约25 mV.可初步认为Pd/Pt二元金属体系氧还原性能的改善主要源自表层Pd原子让邻近的Pt原子上含氧物种的吸附能降低.%Pd/Pt bimetallic electrodes were prepared using under-potential deposition(UPD) of Cu following with galvanic displacement of Cu by Pt. The atomic ratios of Pt/Pd in the surface region can be tuned by holding the Cu UPD potential and changing the cycled times of UPD Cu and Pt-Cu displacement processes.Measurements using X-ray photon-electron spectroscopy(XPS) and electrochemical infrared spectroscopy( EC-IRS) with CO as probe molecules demonstrate that the atomic ratios of Pt/Pd increase monotonically with the cycle times of Cu-upd and Pt-Cu displacement. For Pd/Pt4 electrode, the average atomic ratios of Pt/Pd within 2—3 nm from the surface and at the surface are ca. 1: 4 and 4: 1, respectively. With the increase of Pt molar ratio at the surface, Pd/Pt

  1. Ni3S4和CoS原位一步制备及其染料敏化电池对电极性能研究%One-step in situ growth of Ni3S4and CoS and their effect as counter electrodes on the performance for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    郑琳杰; 鲍潮; 陈琳琳; 汪佳丽; 孙小华

    2016-01-01

    Nickel and cobalt sulfide were successfully prepared by a simple one-step solvent thermal method on the conductive glass of fluorine doped tin oxide, which were used as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. The synthesised phase, surface morphology, electrocatalytic and photovotaic performances of the two transition metal sulfide were investigated with X ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy(EIS), Tafel polarization curves and photoelectric current density voltage characteristic curves (J-V). The results show that the metal sulfide are Ni3S4and CoS, Meanwhile, the two materials deposited on FTO are thin films which both consist of massive nanoparticles. Ni3S4 displays a superior electrocatalytic activity and lower series resistance, which results in a higher short-circuit current density (15.17×10–3A/cm2) and higher photoelectrical conversion efficiency (6.78%) than that of referenced Pt(6.40%). Although photoelectrical conversion efficiency of CoS is slightly worse(6.13%), it also demonstrates similar electrocatalytic and photoelectrical activity compared with the referenced Pt counter electrode.%通过简单的一步溶剂热法在氟掺杂氧化锡导电玻璃上成功制备了两种镍、钴的硫化物对电极。并通过X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、循环伏安测试(CV)、电化学阻抗谱分析(EIS)、Tafel极化曲线以及光电流密度-电压特性曲线(J-V)分别研究了其物相、表面形貌、电催化性能和光伏性能。结果表明,这两种硫化物分别为Ni3S4和CoS,且都为颗粒状薄膜。Ni3S4具有相对更高的电催化活性和更低的串联电阻,从而其电池拥有更高的短路电流密度(15.17×10–3A/cm2),显示出比Pt对电极电池(6.40%)更高的光电转化效率6.78%。虽然CoS对电极的光伏性能稍差(6.13%),但也表现出与Pt对电极相比拟的性能。

  2. Electrochemical reduction of NiO in a composite electrode

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    Hu, Qiang; Jacobsen, Torben; Hansen, Karin Vels;

    2013-01-01

    Electrochemical reduction of NiO in a composite electrode along with 8 mol% Y2O3 stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) is studied. Voltage sweeps are performed on cells with a counter electrode made from Pt or the composite of (La0.75Sr0.25)0.95MnO 3 ± δ (LSM25) and 8YSZ, but the composite electrode gives...... increases, hereafter a decay is observed. The kinetics of electrochemical reduction of NiO can be described by the Avrami equation. In performed experiments the exponent of the Avrami equation is in the range of 0.5-0.7 and the overall rate constant varies from 1.19 to 7.73 × 10- 3 and increases...

  3. Recent Progress on Preparation of Transition Metal Compounds as Counter Electrodes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells%染料敏化太阳能电池过渡金属化合物对电极制备方法研究进展

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    张陈乐; 张培新; 云斯宁; 李永亮; 何挺树

    2016-01-01

    染料敏化太阳能电池(dye-sensitized solar cells, DSSCs)作为制作工艺简易,成本低廉,环境友好的新型太阳能电池,其发展一直备受关注。对电极作为DSSC的核心部件之一,其制备工艺会直接影响到DSSC的发展和应用。以低成本高性能的催化材料代替传统的贵金属Pt对电极是降低DSSC生产成本的有效途径之一。具有类Pt催化性能的过渡金属化合物(TMCs)由于种类繁多,制备方式简单多样,近年来成为DSSC对电极研究中的热点。本文综述了DSSC过渡金属化合物对电极的最新研究进展,总结概括了过渡金属化合物对电极的制备方法以及性能特点,并对其发展方向和应用前景进行了分析。%Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have attracted extensive attention in recent years due to their simple fab-rication, low cost and environmental friendliness. The production process for counter electrode (CE) as one of the key components of DSSC, will significantly affect the DSSCs development and application. Therefore, it is important to develop low cost and high performance catalytic materials instead of noble metal Pt to reduce the production cost of DSSC. Transition metal compounds with Pt-like catalytic activity have become a hot research area for CEs of DSSC in recent years, due to their wide variety and simple preparation. This review briefly addresses recent progresses of tran-sition metal compound CEs of DSSC, focusing on their preparation methods and performance. In addition, the devel-opment trends and application prospects of CEs were also discussed.

  4. Electrodeposited Pt and Pt-Sn nanoparticles on Ti as anodes for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Hanaa B HASSAN

    2009-01-01

    Electro-oxidation of methanol was studied on titanium supported nanocrystallite Pt and Ptx-Sny catalysts prepared by electrodeposition techniques. Their electro-catalytic activities were studied in 0.5mol/L H2SO4 and compared to those of a smooth Pt, Pt/Pt and Pt-Sn/Pt electrodes. Platinum was deposited on Ti by galvanostatic and potentiostatic techniques. X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) techniques were applied in order to investigate the chemical composition and the phase structure of the modified electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize the surface morphology and to correlate the results obtained from the two electrochemical deposition methods. Results show that modified Pt/Ti electrodes prepared by the two methods have comparable performance and enhanced catalytic activity towards methanol electro-oxidation compared to Pt/Pt and smooth Pt electrodes. Steady state Tafel plots experiments show a higher rate of methanol oxidation on a Pt/Ti catalyst than that on a smooth Pt. Introduction of a small amount of Sn deposited with Pt improves the catalytic activity and the stability of prepared electrode with time as indicated from the cyclic votlammetry and the chronoamperometric experiments. The effect of variations in the composition for binary catalysts of the type Ptx-Sny/Ti towards the methanol oxidation reaction is reported. Consequently, the Ptx-Sny/Ti (x∶y (8∶1), molar ratio) catalyst is a very promising one for methanol oxidation.

  5. Oxygen reduction activity of Pt and Pt-alloys in acid electrolyte

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    Paulus, Ursula A. [Paul Scherrer Inst., CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Schmidt, Thomas J.; Stamenkovic, Vojislav R.; Markovic, Nenad M.; Ross, Philip N. [Material Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2001-07-01

    The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) has been studied on polycrystalline (pc) Pt, Pt{sub 3}Ni and Pt{sub 3}Co bulk alloy electrodes and on carbon supported Pt, PtNi and PtCo alloy catalysts. Base voltammetry measurements as well as complementary Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) on bulk electrodes and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM)-analysis on the supported catalysts allow an estimation of the surface composition. By using the rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) technique both the kinetic analysis of the ORR and in parallel the detection and quantification of the amount of peroxide produced during the ORR are possible. The activity for the ORR increases in the order Pt < Pt{sub 3}Ni < Pt{sub 3}Co for equally prepared bulk alloys and Pt < Pt{sub 3}Ni {approx} Pt{sub 3}CO < PtCo for the carbon supported catalysts, respectively. It was proposed that the mechanism for the ORR is the same on pure Pt and the PtNi and PtCo alloys. (author)

  6. Printing graphene-carbon nanotube-ionic liquid gel on graphene paper: Towards flexible electrodes with efficient loading of PtAu alloy nanoparticles for electrochemical sensing of blood glucose.

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    He, Wenshan; Sun, Yimin; Xi, Jiangbo; Abdurhman, Abduraouf Alamer Mohamed; Ren, Jinghua; Duan, Hongwei

    2016-01-15

    The increasing demands for portable, wearable, and implantable sensing devices have stimulated growing interest in innovative electrode materials. In this work, we have demonstrated that printing a conductive ink formulated by blending three-dimensional (3D) porous graphene-carbon nanotube (CNT) assembly with ionic liquid (IL) on two-dimensional (2D) graphene paper (GP), leads to a freestanding GP supported graphene-CNT-IL nanocomposite (graphene-CNT-IL/GP). The incorporation of highly conductive CNTs into graphene assembly effectively increases its surface area and improves its electrical and mechanical properties. The graphene-CNT-IL/GP, as freestanding and flexible substrates, allows for efficient loading of PtAu alloy nanoparticles by means of ultrasonic-electrochemical deposition. Owing to the synergistic effect of PtAu alloy nanoparticles, 3D porous graphene-CNT scaffold, IL binder and 2D flexible GP substrate, the resultant lightweight nanohybrid paper electrode exhibits excellent sensing performances in nonenzymatic electrochemical detection of glucose in terms of sensitivity, selectivity, reproducibility and mechanical properties.

  7. Evaluation of in-channel amperometric detection using a dual-channel microchip electrophoresis device and a two-electrode potentiostat for reverse polarity separations.

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    Meneses, Diogenes; Gunasekara, Dulan B; Pichetsurnthorn, Pann; da Silva, José A F; de Abreu, Fabiane C; Lunte, Susan M

    2015-02-01

    In-channel amperometric detection combined with dual-channel microchip electrophoresis is evaluated using a two-electrode isolated potentiostat for reverse polarity separations. The device consists of two separate channels with the working and reference electrodes placed at identical positions relative to the end of the channel, enabling noise subtraction. In previous reports of this configuration, normal polarity and a three-electrode detection system were used. In the two-electrode detection system described here, the electrode in the reference channel acts as both the counter and reference. The effect of electrode placement in the channels on noise and detector response was investigated using nitrite, tyrosine, and hydrogen peroxide as model compounds. The effects of electrode material and size and type of reference electrode on noise and the potential shift of hydrodynamic voltammograms for the model compounds were determined. In addition, the performance of two- and three-electrode configurations using Pt and Ag/AgCl reference electrodes was compared. Although the signal was attenuated with the Pt reference, the noise was also significantly reduced. It was found that lower LOD were obtained for all three compounds with the dual-channel configuration compared to single-channel, in-channel detection. The dual-channel method was then used for the detection of nitrite in a dermal microdialysis sample obtained from a sheep following nitroglycerin administration.

  8. ANALISA ELECTRODE CONSUMABLE TYPE OK AUTROD 12.10 PENGELASAN SUBMERGED ARC WELDING PADA BLOK-BLOK KAPAL DCV 18500 DWT DI PT. JASA MARINA INDAH UNIT II SEMARANG

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    Sukanto Jatmiko

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In this globalization era technological advances growed very fast. In shipping industry of development process shipbuilding of principal feedstock to used steel plate, with construction tacking on using welder method.In this research purpose of lifted is know number of requirement (consumable electrode for welder SAW at block-block ship DCV 18500 DWT in PT. Jasa Marina Indah Semarang.At this experiment specimen applied is low carbon steel of type ST 42 with thickness of 12, 13, 14, 17, 19 dan 24 mm. Research is done by the way of making specimen at every plate thickness. Then is done path measurement of length, used electrode length, and weight flux applied at the welder.From result of gauging and data calculation welder at block DB 5(p/c/s, SS5A(p/s, SS 5B(p/s, UD 5C, and TB 102 (p/c/s will be known number of electrodes applied in welder SAW and number of flux used.

  9. Stacked Cu1.8S nanoplatelets as Counter Electrode for Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Savariraj, Dennyson A.; Rajendrakumar, G.; Selvam, Samayanan; Karthick, S. N.; Balamuralitharan, B.; Kim, Hee-Je; Viswanathan, Kodakkal K.; Vijayakumar, M.; Prabakar, Kandasamy

    2015-11-09

    It is found that electrocatalytic activity of Cu2-xS thin films used in quantum dots sensitized solar cells (QDSSC) as countner electrode (CE) for the reduction of polysulfide electrolyte depends on the the surface active sulfur species and defficiency of Cu. The preferential bonding between Cu2+ and S2- leading to the selective formation of Cu1.8S stacked platelets like morphology is determined by Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide surfactant with temperature and crab like Cu-S coordination bond formed dictates the surface area to volume ratio of the Cu1.8S thin films and the electrocatalytic activity. The Cu deficiency enhances the conductivity of the Cu1.8S thin films and exhibits near- infrared localized surface plasmon resonanc due to free carrier intraband absorption and UV-VIS absorption spectra shows excitonic effect due to quantum size effect. When these Cu1.8S thin films were employed as CE in QDSSC, robust photoconversion efficiency of 5.2 % is yielded by the film deposited at 60°C by a sinlge step chemical bath deposition method.

  10. Effect of surface nanomorphology and interfacial galvanic coupling of PEDOT-titanium counter electrodes on the stability of dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Madhavan, Asha Anish; Kalluri, Sujith; Paravannoor, Anjali; Nagarajan, Sivakumar; Subramanian, Kavasseri R V; Nair, Shantikumar; Balakrishnan, Avinash

    2012-08-01

    The present study demonstrates a novel approach by which titanium foils coated with electropolymerized poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) in combination with sputtered platinum can be processed into a high-surface area cathodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A detailed study has been performed to elucidate how surface nanomorphology and I(-)/I(3-) redox reaction behaviors underlying these photocathodes impact the DSSC performances. From the analysis of the relevant electrochemical parameters, an intrinsic correlation between the photovoltaic performances and the cathode surface area has been deduced for such a system and explained on the basis of relative contributions of the galvanic coupling properties of the nanomorphology PEDOT film and platinum. Depending on the type of photocathodes incorporated, it was observed that these PEDOT coated cathodes can exhibit higher stability over a given time range and photo-conversion efficiencies 12-40%, higher than that achievable in absence of the intermediate PEDOT coatings. It has been shown that DSSCs based on such metal-polymer hybrid photo-cathodes allow significant room for improvement in the catalytic performance at the electrode/electrolyte interface.

  11. Synthesis of NiCo2S4and their effect as counter electrodes on performance of dye-sensitized solar cells%硫化钴镍的制备及其作染料敏化太阳能电池对电极的性能研究

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    陈琳琳; 汪佳丽; 郑琳杰; 鲍潮; 孙小华

    2016-01-01

    不同温度下通过两步水热法在氟掺杂氧化锡导电玻璃上制备了钴镍双金属硫化物对电极。并通过X射线衍射(XRD)、X射线光电子能谱(XPS)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、循环伏安测试(CV)、电化学阻抗谱分析(EIS)以及光电流密度-电压特性曲线(J-V)分别研究了其物相、表面化学元素组成及其化学状态、表面形貌、电催化活性和光电转化性能。结果表明该硫化物为直立片状的NiCo 2 S 4,90℃制备的对电极具有较高的电催化活性,其电池的光电转化效率达到了与Pt电极电池效率(6.02%)相比拟的值(5.74%)。而120℃制备的对电极虽然具有更大比表面积,但其膜太厚,显著增加了电解质的能斯特扩散电阻,导致其电池效率偏低。%NiCo2S4 counter electrodes were successfully synthesized by a two-step hydrothermal method at different temperatures on the conductive glasses of fluorine doped tin oxide. The synthesized phase, elementary composition, surface morphology, and photovotaic performances of the as-prepared counter electrodes (CEs) were investigated with X ray diffraction (XRD), X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photo electric current density voltage characteristic curves (J-V). The results show that the films of NiCo2S4 CE are consisted of nano-scaled orthostatic nanosheets. The DSSC assembled with the CE prepared at 90℃ obtains a power conversion efficiency of 5.74%, which is comparable to that of DSSC assembled with Pt (6.02%). However, when the sample prepared at 120℃ is applied as a CE, the DSSC exhibites a lower power conversion efficiency despite it has a large specific area. The major reason is the huge diffusion impendence of the I-/I3- in the electrolyte caused by the large thickness value of the film.

  12. A paper-based electrode using a graphene dot/PEDOT:PSS composite for flexible solar cells

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    Lee, Chuan-Pei

    2017-04-22

    We have synthesized a metal-free composite ink that contains graphene dots (GDs) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) that can be used on paper to serve as the counter electrode in a flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). This paper-based GD/PEDOT:PSS electrode is low-cost, light-weight, flexible, environmentally friendly, and easy to cut and process for device fabrication. We determined the GD/PEDOT:PSS composite effectively fills the dense micro-pores in the paper substrate, which leads to improved carrier transport in the electrode and a 3-fold enhanced cell efficiency as compared to the paper electrode made with sputtered Pt. Moreover, the DSSC with the paper electrode featuring the GD/PEDOT:PSS composite did not fail in photovoltaic tests even after bending the electrode 150 times, whereas the device made with the Pt-based paper electrode decreased in efficiency by 45% after such manipulation. These exceptional properties make the metal-free GD/PEDOT:PSS composite ink a promising electrode material for a wide variety of flexible electronic applications.

  13. Synthesis of carbon nanotubes over 3D cubical Co-KIT-6 and nickel decorated graphene by Hummer's method, its application as counter electrode in dye sensitive solar cell

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    Subramanian, Sunu; Pandurangan, Arumugam

    2016-04-01

    The challenges on carbon nanotubes and graphene are still the subject of many research works due to its unique properties. There are three main methods to synthesis carbon nanotubes in which chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method can use for large scale production. The principle of CVD is the decomposition of various hydrocarbons over transition metal supported catalyst. KIT-6 molecular sieve was used as a support to prepare cobalt catalyst for CVD method using metal impregnation method to produce cobalt loadings of 2, 4 and 6 wt%. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, FTIR &TEM. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) synthesized on Co-KIT-6 was also characterized by XRD, TGA, SEM & Raman spectra. Graphene was synthesized by Hummers method, which is the most common method for preparing graphene oxide. Graphene oxide was prepared by oxidation of graphite using some oxidizing agents like sulphuric acid, sodium nitrate and potassium permanganate. This graphene oxide is further treated with hydrazine solution to convert it into chemically converted graphene and also decorated with nickel metal and characterized. Hummer's method is important for large scale production of graphene. Both Graphene and carbon nanotubes are used in different fields due to its unique properties. Both Graphene and carbon nanotubes are fabricated in counter electrode of Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). By cyclic voltammetry study, it confirms that both materials are good and efficient to replace platinum in the DSSC.

  14. An Analysis of Laser-Welded Nicr-Ir and Nicr-Pt Micro Joints on Spark Plug Electrodes in Biogas-Fuelled Engines

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    Grabas B.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the laser beam welding of tips to central and side spark plug electrodes made of a nickel-chromium alloy. The tips attached to the central electrodes were made from a solid iridium wire 0.8 mm in diameter and 2 mm in length, while the tips connected to the side electrodes were made from a platinum wire 1.5 mm in diameter and 0.25 mm in thickness. In both cases, accurate positioning of the tips was required before they were resistance welded to the electrodes. Then, a fillet weld was produced with an Nd:YAG laser using single, partly overlapping conductive pulses. The laser welding was performed at different laser power levels and pulse durations. Metallographic sections of the joints were prepared to observe changes in the microstructure and determine their correlation with the changes in the process parameters. The results were used to select appropriate welding parameters for the materials joined. The microscopic analysis indicated welding imperfections such as micro cracks at the interface between the elements joined. The tips welded to the spark plug electrodes can help extend the service life of spark plugs in highly corrosive environments.

  15. The transparent microstrip gas counter

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    Takahashi, Hiroyuki, E-mail: leo@q.t.u-tokyo.ac.j [University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Fujita, Kaoru; Fujiwara, Takeshi [University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Niko, Hisako; Guerard, Bruno [Institute of Max von Laue and Paul Langevin, BP 156, 38042 Grenoble, Cedex 9 (France); Fraga, Francisco [Departamento de Fisica, LIP-Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra, 3000 Coimbra (Portugal); Iyomoto, Naoko [University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2010-11-01

    Conventional MSGCs are made of metal electrodes that might absorb or reflect optical photons. If the electrodes are made of transparent material like ITO, we could take advantage of optical readout. A gas scintillation proportional counter made of ITO MSGC is fabricated and tested where both optical and charge signals are obtained. We have selected a multi-grid structure that can avoid charge-up problem with normal transparent glass substrate. Test results with Ar and CF{sub 4} gas mixture showed a stable gas gain of {approx}2800 and {approx}110 optical photons for 6 keV X-rays. Position sensing with PSPMT has successfully been demonstrated.

  16. Mathematical modelling of a single-line flow-injection analysis systems with single-layer enzyme electrode detection. Pt. 3; Experimental verification of the model

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    Kolev, S.D. (Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Khimicheski Fakultet); Nagy, Geza; Pungor, Ernoe (Budapesti Mueszaki Egyetem, Budapest (Hungary). Altalanos es Analitikai Kemia Tanszek)

    1991-11-20

    Glucose and urea electrodes, prepared by two different enzyme immobilization techniques and used as detectors in a single-line flow-injection manifold, were experimentally investigated for elucidating the influence of their most important parameters, i.e., the initial substrate concentration in the sample, the enzyme concentration in the reaction layer and its thickness and the buffer concentration, on the output signal. The results obtained were compared with the theoretical predictions based on simulations of the model for single-line flow-injection systems with single-layer enzyme electrode detection. The good qualitative agreement which was observed is a convincing experimental verification of this model and the guidelines for the production of flow-through biocatalytic electrodes with optimum design based upon it. (author). 12 refs.; 6 figs.

  17. 用于染料敏化太阳能电池的多壁碳纳米管基对电极的制备与表征%Fabrication and characterization of a multi-walled carbon nanotube-based counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    郑威; 齐涛; 张永超; 石海英; 田均庆

    2015-01-01

    A counter-electrode ( CE) for dye-sensitized solar cells ( DSSCs) was prepared by coating a slurry containing acid-oxi-dized multi-wall carbon nanotubes and nano-graphite powder onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide conducting glass substrate. The samples were characterized by SEM, TEM, EDS and IR spectroscopy. The CE performance in the DSSCs with MgO-doped TiO2 as the pho-toanode was investigated by measurements of current-voltage curves, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectrosco-py. Results show that the cell with the CE exhibits the best photoelectric properties of all the carbon-based CEs investigated. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) is 4. 67 mA/cm2, the open-circuit voltage (Voc) is 0. 53 V and photoelectric conversion efficiency is up to 4. 10%, which are comparable with those of the Pt-based CE in DSSCs.%经酸化处理的多壁碳纳米管( MWCNTs)与纳米石墨复合后沉积在FTO导电玻璃基底上制备出染料敏华太阳能电池薄膜对电极. 利用SEM﹑TEM﹑EDS与IR光谱对其进行表征. 以MgO掺杂的TiO2 薄膜为光阳极对电池通过循环伏安法( CV曲线)﹑电化学阻抗谱( EIS)和伏安特性曲线( J-V)进行光电性能分析. 结果表明:酸化处理的MWCNTs与纳米石墨复合对电极展现出优异的光催化性能,有利于电池光电性能的提高. 电池开路电压及短路电流密度分别可达 0. 53 V﹑4. 67 mA/cm2 ,其光电转换效率达到4. 10%,与铂对电极的性能相当.

  18. The microstrip proportional counter

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    Ramsey, B. D.

    1992-01-01

    Microstrip detectors in which the usual discrete anode and cathode wires are replaced by conducting strips on an insulating or partially insulating substrate are fabricated using integrated circuit-type photolithographic techniques and hence offer very high spatial accuracy and uniformity, together with the capability of producing extremely fine electrode structures. Microstrip proportional counters have now been variously reported having an energy resolution of better than 11 percent FWHM at 5.9 keV. They have been fabricated with anode bars down to 2 microns and on a variety of substrate materials including thin films which can be molded to different shapes. This review will examine the development of the microstrip detector with emphasis on the qualities which make this detector particularly interesting for use in astronomy.

  19. Search for protons from the 2H(d,p)3H reaction in an electrolytic cell with Pd-Pt electrodes

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    Rehm, K. E.; Kutschera, W.; Perlow, G. J.

    1990-01-01

    The production of protons from the 2H(d,p)3H reaction was investigated using an electrolytic cell and a proportional counter. The cathode, consisting of a 30.5-mg/cm2-thick Pd foil, separated the gas in the counter from the electrolyte (0.1M LiOD in D2O). The efficiency for proton detection was 28%. The electrolytic cell was operated with current densities up to 650 mA/cm2. Several runs with the current switched on and off and with different Pd foils have been performed with the longest run lasting more than 10 days. No difference in the count rate was observed when the electrolytic cell was on or off. From the high-energy part of the particle spectrum we obtain an upper limit for the proton production from the fusion reaction 2H(d,p)3H of 4×10-23 fusion/(dd pair/sec).

  20. Characterization of hierarchical α-MoO3 plates toward resistive heating synthesis: electrochemical activity of α-MoO3/Pt modified electrode toward methanol oxidation at neutral pH

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    Filippo, Emanuela; Baldassarre, Francesca; Tepore, Marco; Guascito, Maria Rachele; Chirizzi, Daniela; Tepore, Antonio

    2017-05-01

    The growth of MoO3 hierarchical plates was obtained by direct resistive heating of molybdenum foils at ambient pressure in the absence of any catalysts and templates. Plates synthesized after 60 min resistive heating typically grow in an single-crystalline orthorhombic structure that develop preferentially in the [001] direction, and are characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected area diffraction pattern and Raman-scattering measurements. They are about 100-200 nm in thickness and a few tens of micrometers in length. As heating time proceeds to 80 min, plates of α-MoO3 form a branched structure. A more attentive look shows that primary plates formed at until 60 min could serve as substrates for the subsequent growth of secondary belts. Moreover, a full electrochemical characterization of α-MoO3 plates on platinum electrodes was done by cyclic voltammetric experiments, at pH 7 in phosphate buffer, to probe the activity of the proposed composite material as anode to methanol electro-oxidation. Reported results indicate that Pt MoO3 modified electrodes are appropriate to develop new an amperometric non-enzymatic sensor for methanol as well as to make anodes suitable to be used in direct methanol fuel cells working at neutral pH.

  1. Characterization of Hierarchical α-MoOsub>3sub> Plates Toward Resistive Heating Synthesis: Electrochemical Activity of α-MoOsub>3sub>/Pt Modified Electrode Toward Methanol Oxidation in Neutral pH.

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    Filippo, Emanuela; Baldassarre, Francesca; Tepore, Marco; Guascito, Maria Rachele; Chirizzi, Daniela; Tepore, Antonio

    2017-03-20

    The growth of MoOsub>3sub> hierarchical plates was obtained by direct resistive heating of molybdenum foil at ambient pressure in absence of any catalysts and templates. Plates synthesized after 60 min resistive heating typically growth in an single-crystalline orthorhombic structure that develop preferentially in [001] direction, as characterized by HRTEM, SAD and Raman-scattering measurements. They are about 100-200nm in thickness and a few tens micrometers in length. As heating time proceeds to 80 min, plates of α-MoOsub>3sub> form a branched structure. A more attentive look shows that a primary plates formed at until 60 min could serve as substrates for the subsequent growth of secondary belts. Moreover, a full electrochemical characterization of α-MoOsub>3sub> plates on platinum electrodes was done by Cyclic Voltammetric experiments, at pH 7 in phosphate buffer, to probe the activity of the proposed composite material as anode to methanol electrooxidation. Reported results indicate that Pt MoOsub>3sub> modified electrodes are appropriate to develop new amperometric non-enzymatic sensor for methanol measurements and as anode in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs) making at neutral pH.

  2. A Nafion®-based co-planar electrode amperometric sensor for methanol determination in the gas phase

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    K Wallgren; S Sotiropoulos

    2009-09-01

    A co-planar electrode device, fabricated with all electrodes (working, counter and reference) on the same face of a Nafion® polymer electrolyte membrane, is proposed for the amperometric detection of gaseous methanol using Pt as the working electrode. Clear voltammetry is obtained for methanol oxidation from its vapours in equilibrium with methanol aqueous solutions, both in the absence and presence of oxygen in the gas stream. Using an appropriate pulse sequence to keep the indicator electrode active, methanol vapours in the 1-13 Torr partial pressure range (in equilibrium with methanol aqueous solutions in the 1-10% w/w concentration range) could be determined, in a constant potential, amperometric mode. The methanol detector could be operated both in a nitrogen stream and (in what is essential for practical applications) in an air atmosphere too, with estimated detection limits of 1.2 and 1.4 Torr respectively.

  3. GEIGER-MULLER TYPE COUNTER TUBE

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    Fowler, I.L.; Watt, L.A.K.

    1959-12-15

    A single counter tube capable of responding to a wide range of intensities is described. The counter tube comprises a tubular cathode and an anode extending centrally of the cathode. The spacing between the outer surface of the anode and the inner surface of the cathode is varied along the length of the tube to provide different counting volumes in adjacent portions of the tube. A large counting volume in one portion adjacent to a low-energy absorption window gives adequate sensitivity for measuring lowintensity radiation, while a smaller volume with close electrode spacing is provided in the counter to make possible measurement of intense garnma radiation fields.

  4. Evaluation of the behavior of PtPd/MWCNT electrocatalysts as ethylene glycol-tolerant electrodes for oxygen oxidation reaction (ORR); Evaluacion del comportamiento de electrocatalizadores tipo PtPd/MWCNT como electrodos para la reaccion de oxidacion del oxigeno (ORR) tolerantes al etilenglicol

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    Morales-Acosta, D.; Arriaga, L.G. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, Pedro Escobedo, Queretaro (Mexico)]. E-mail: dmorales@cideteq.mx; Alvarez-Contreras, L. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S. C., Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico); Fraire Luna, S.; Rodriguez Varela, F.J. [Cinvestav, Unidad Saltillo, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, (Mexico)

    2009-09-15

    Pt-Pd/MWCNTs (atomic ratio Pt:Pd 43:57) and Pt/MWCNTs electrocatalysts were synthesized and evaluated as cathodes for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with the application of direct ethylene glycol fuel cells (DEGFC). A commercial PtC material was also evaluated as a reference. It was found that Pt-Pd/MWCNT has a capability for high tolerance to ethylene glycol (EG) and higher selectivity for ORR compared to a single Pt- cathode. As a result, the change in onset potential of the ORR, Eonset, in Pt-Pd/MWCNTs was considerably less than the change in Pt/MWCNTs or Pt/C. The average particle size (XRD) was 3.5nm and 4nm for Pt/MWCNTs and Pt-Pd/MWCNTs, respectively. A moderate degree of alloying was determined for the material. The application of Pt-Pd electrocatalysts in DEGFCs should be advantageous. [Spanish] Electrocatalizadores Pt-Pd/MWCNTs (relacion atomic Pt:Pd 43:57) y Pt/MWCNTs fueron sintetizados y evaluados como catodos para la reaccion de reduccion del oxigeno (ORR) con aplicacion del celdas de consumo directo de etilenglicol (Direct Ethylene Glycol Fuel Cells, o DEGFC). Como referencia, un material comercial tipo Pt/C fue tambien evaluado. Se encontro que Pt-Pd/MWCNTs tiene una alta capacidad de tolerancia al etilenglicol (EG) y una selectividad mayor hacia la ORR comparado con el catodo basado en Pt-solo. Como resultado, el cambio en potencial de inicio de la ORR, Eonset, en Pt-Pd/MWCNTs fue considerablemente menor que el cambio en Pt/MWCNTs o Pt/C. La talla de particula promedio (de XRD) fue 3.5 nm y 4 nm para Pt/MWCNTs y Pt-Pd/MWCNTs, respectivamente. Un moderado grado de aleacion fue determinado para el material. Una aplicacion ventajosa para electrocatalizadores tipo Pt-Pd debe ser en DEGFCs.

  5. Distributed performance counters

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    Davis, Kristan D; Evans, Kahn C; Gara, Alan; Satterfield, David L

    2013-11-26

    A plurality of first performance counter modules is coupled to a plurality of processing cores. The plurality of first performance counter modules is operable to collect performance data associated with the plurality of processing cores respectively. A plurality of second performance counter modules are coupled to a plurality of L2 cache units, and the plurality of second performance counter modules are operable to collect performance data associated with the plurality of L2 cache units respectively. A central performance counter module may be operable to coordinate counter data from the plurality of first performance counter modules and the plurality of second performance modules, the a central performance counter module, the plurality of first performance counter modules, and the plurality of second performance counter modules connected by a daisy chain connection.

  6. Predicting Reaction Mechanisms and Potentials in Acid and Base from Self-Consistent Quantum Theory: H(ads) and OH(ads) Deposition on the Pt(111) Electrode.

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    Zhao, Meng; Anderson, Alfred B

    2016-02-18

    It has been shown recently that when reactants and products are well modeled within a comprehensive self-consistent theory for the electrochemical interface, accurate predictions are possible for reversible potentials, Urev, in acid electrolyte for reactions such as reduction of H(+)(aq) to form under potential deposited H(ads) and oxidation of an OH bond of H2O(ads) to deposit OH(ads). Predictions are based on calculated Gibbs energies for the reactant and product being equal at the reversible potential, which is the potential at the crossing point for reaction and product Gibbs energies, plotted as functions of electrode potential. In this Letter, it is demonstrated that the same capability holds for these reactions in basic electrolyte. This demonstration opens up the opportunity for predictions of reversible potentials and mechanisms for other electrocatalytic reactions in base.

  7. Modeling of PEM fuel cell Pt/C catalyst degradation

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    Bi, Wu; Fuller, Thomas F.

    Pt/C catalyst degradation remains as one of the primary limitations for practical applications of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Pt catalyst degradation mechanisms with the typically observed Pt nanoparticle growth behaviors have not been completely understood and predicted. In this work, a physics-based Pt/C catalyst degradation model is proposed with a simplified bi-modal particle size distribution. The following catalyst degradation processes were considered: (1) dissolution of Pt and subsequent electrochemical deposition on Pt nanoparticles in cathode; (2) diffusion of Pt ions in the membrane electrode assembly (MEA); and (3) Pt ion chemical reduction in membrane by hydrogen permeating through the membrane from the negative electrode. Catalyst coarsening with Pt nanoparticle growth was clearly demonstrated by Pt mass exchange between small and large particles through Pt dissolution and Pt ion deposition. However, the model is not adequate to predict well the catalyst degradation rates including Pt nanoparticle growth, catalyst surface area loss and cathode Pt mass loss. Additional catalyst degradation processes such as new Pt cluster formation on carbon support and neighboring Pt clusters coarsening was proposed for further simulative investigation.

  8. Performance enhancement of Pt/TiO2/Si UV-photodetector by optimizing light trapping capability and interdigitated electrodes geometry

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    Bencherif, H.; Djeffal, F.; Ferhati, H.

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents a hybrid approach based on an analytical and metaheuristic investigation to study the impact of the interdigitated electrodes engineering on both speed and optical performance of an Interdigitated Metal-Semiconductor-Metal Ultraviolet Photodetector (IMSM-UV-PD). In this context, analytical models regarding the speed and optical performance have been developed and validated by experimental results, where a good agreement has been recorded. Moreover, the developed analytical models have been used as objective functions to determine the optimized design parameters, including the interdigit configuration effect, via a Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm (MOGA). The ultimate goal of the proposed hybrid approach is to identify the optimal design parameters associated with the maximum of electrical and optical device performance. The optimized IMSM-PD not only reveals superior performance in terms of photocurrent and response time, but also illustrates higher optical reliability against the optical losses due to the active area shadowing effects. The advantages offered by the proposed design methodology suggest the possibility to overcome the most challenging problem with the communication speed and power requirements of the UV optical interconnect: high derived current and commutation speed in the UV receiver.

  9. Application of in-situ attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for the understanding of complex reaction mechanism and kinetics: formic acid oxidation on a Pt film electrode at elevated temperatures.

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    Chen, Yan Xia; Ye, Shen; Heinen, Martin; Jusys, Zenonas; Osawa, Masatoshi; Behm, R Jürgen

    2006-05-18

    The potential of in-situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy measurements in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS) for the evaluation of reaction pathways, elementary reaction steps, and their kinetics is demonstrated for formic acid electrooxidation on a Pt film electrode. Quantitative kinetic information on two elementary steps, formic acid dehydration and CO(ad) oxidation, and on the contributions of the related pathways in the dual path reaction mechanism are derived from IR spectroscopic signals in simultaneous electrochemical and ATR-FTIRS measurements over a wide temperature range (25-80 degrees C). Linearly and multiply bonded CO(ad) and bridge-bonded formate are the only formic acid related stable reaction intermediates detected. With increasing temperature, the steady-state IR signal of CO(ad) increases, while that of formate decreases. Reaction rates for CO(ad) formation via formic acid dehydration and for CO(ad) oxidation as well as the activation energies of these processes were determined at different temperatures, potentials, and surface conditions (with and without preadsorbed CO from formic acid dehydration) from the temporal evolution of the IR intensities of CO(ad) during adsorption/reaction transients, using an IR intensity-CO(ad) coverage calibration. At potentials up to 0.75 V and temperatures from 25 to 80 degrees C, the "indirect" CO pathway contributes less than 5% (at potentials oxidation compared with the effective activation energy of the total reaction, derived from the Faradaic currents, support this conclusion.

  10. Counter-cryptanalysis

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    Stevens, M.M.J.; Canetti, R.; Garay, J.A.

    2013-01-01

    We introduce \\emph{counter-cryptanalysis} as a new paradigm for strengthening weak cryptographic primitives against cryptanalytic attacks. Redesigning a weak primitive to more strongly resist cryptanalytic techniques will unavoidably break backwards compatibility. Instead, counter-cryptanalysis expl

  11. CEDAR counter (internal part)

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    1976-01-01

    Here on the mounting bench. The counter is a differential Cerenkov, corrected for chromaticity, able to differentiate pions from kaons up to 350 GeV. Counters of this type were used in all SPS hadron beams.

  12. Templated synthesis, characterization, and sensing application of macroscopic platinum nanowire network electrodes

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    Wang, D. H.; Kou, R.; Gil, M. P.;

    2005-01-01

    properties of the electrodes, such as electrochemical active area and methanol oxidation, have also been studied. Compared with conventional polycrystalline Pt electrodes, these novel nanowire network electrodes possess high electrochemical active areas and demonstrate higher current densities and a lower...... onset potential for methanol electro-oxidation. Enzymatic Pt nanowire-network-based sensors show higher sensitivity for glucose detection than that using conventional polycrystalline Pt electrode. Such macroscopic nanowire network electrodes provide ideal platforms for sensing and other device...

  13. Stimulation and recording electrodes for neural prostheses

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    Pour Aryan, Naser; Rothermel, Albrecht

    2015-01-01

    This book provides readers with basic principles of the electrochemistry of the electrodes used in modern, implantable neural prostheses. The authors discuss the boundaries and conditions in which the electrodes continue to function properly for long time spans, which are required when designing neural stimulator devices for long-term in vivo applications. Two kinds of electrode materials, titanium nitride and iridium are discussed extensively, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The influence of the counter electrode on the safety margins and electrode lifetime in a two electrode system is explained. Electrode modeling is handled in a final chapter.

  14. Influences of Polymerization Time on Structure and Properties of Polyaniline Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells%聚合时间对染料敏化太阳能电池中聚苯胺对电极结构和性能的影响

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    王莎莎; 芦姗; 苏佳; 郭正凯; 李学敏; 张雪华; 何声太; 贺涛

    2013-01-01

      采用恒电压方法,以掺杂氟的SnO2(FTO)导电玻璃为基底,采用不同的聚合时间制备SO42-掺杂的聚苯胺对电极(PANI CEs).利用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、紫外-可见(UV-Vis)吸收光谱、循环伏安法(CV)和电化学阻抗谱(EIS)等技术详细研究了聚合时间对PANI CEs的表面形貌、结构(如掺杂度、共轭性、氧化态等)和对I-/I3-的催化活性的影响. SEM结果表明PANI在FTO上的生长分两个阶段.适当增加聚合时间可以增加PANI CEs的比表面积,为催化I-/I3-反应提供更多的活性位点,同时聚苯胺链的共轭性、半氧化态聚苯胺(EB)结构的含量和对阴离子SO42-的掺杂度会随着增加,进而PANI的导电率也逐渐增大.然而,聚合时间过长会引起薄膜厚度的增加和氧化结构的过多,使PANI CEs的导电率降低,电子在PANI薄膜中的传输阻抗增加,进而影响其对I-/I3-的催化性能.聚合时间为300 s时制备出的PANI薄膜作为染料敏化太阳能电池(DSSCs)对电极和以D149为染料时,获得的最高电池光电转换效率为5.30%,可达到基于Pt对电极电池效率的88%.因此,通过电化学方法制备的PANI CEs有望代替贵金属Pt CEs用于DSSCs中.%SO42- doped polyaniline (PANI) counter electrodes (CEs) on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates were fabricated, using electrochemical method under constant bias for different polymerization time. The effect of polymerization time on surface morphology, structure (such as doping level, conjugation and oxidization state), and electrocatalytic activity for I-/I3-redox reaction of the obtained PANI CEs was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). SEM results indicated that the growth of PANI films on FTO substrate occurred in two phases. Properly increasing polymerization time could increase the specific surface

  15. The study on carbon nanotubes-supported Pt catalysts for PEMFC

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    朱捷; 朱红; 康晓红; 葛奉娟; 杨玉国

    2004-01-01

    Carbon nanotube-supported-platinum (Pt/CNTs) and carbon-supported-platinum (Pt/C) catalysts were prepared by in situ chemical reduction method and analyzed by TEM and XRD. Then the experiments were carried out to test the performance of PEMFCs with the Pt electrodes. The results showed that in both catalyst, Pt was of small particle size (about 4 nm) and Pt/CNTs exhibited higher catalytic activity than Pt/C.

  16. Electrochemical characterisation of Pt/C suspensions for the reduction of oxygen

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    Benitez, R.; Chaparro, A.M.; Daza, L. [Dep. Combustibles Fosiles, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2005-10-10

    Electrodes based on carbon-supported platinum electrocatalysts (Pt/C) have been studied in aqueous electrolyte electrochemical cells. The electrodes are prepared from suspensions of commercial Pt/C catalyst, deposited onto a carbon-covered Pt disk. Three deposition methods have been used, impregnation, spray and electrospray. The utilisation of Pt, i.e. the amount of Pt that really participates in the electrochemical reaction, was determined for each preparation method from measurements of the mass of Pt deposited on the electrode, and of the electroactive area of Pt. Higher utilisation rates are found on electrodes prepared by the impregnation method. The activity towards oxygen reduction in aqueous electrolyte was studied with the rotating electrode at different temperatures. (author)

  17. Pt skin coated hollow Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles with high catalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Fu, Tao; Huang, Jianxing; Lai, Shaobo; Zhang, Size; Fang, Jun; Zhao, Jinbao

    2017-10-01

    The catalytic activity and stability of electrocatalyst is critical for the commercialization of fuel cells, and recent reports reveal the great potential of the hollow structures with Pt skin coat for developing high-powered electrocatalysts due to their highly efficient utilization of the Pt atoms. Here, we provide a novel strategy to prepare the Pt skin coated hollow Ag-Pt structure (Ag-Pt@Pt) of ∼8 nm size at room temperature. As loaded on the graphene, the Ag-Pt@Pt exhibits a remarkable mass activity of 0.864 A/mgPt (at 0.9 V, vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE)) towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), which is 5.30 times of the commercial Pt/C catalyst, and the Ag-Pt@Pt also shows a better stability during the ORR catalytic process. The mechanism of this significant enhancement can be attributed to the higher Pt utilization and the unique Pt on Ag-Pt surface structure, which is confirmed by the density functional theory (DFT) calculations and other characterization methods. In conclusion, this original work offers a low-cost and environment-friendly method to prepare a high active electrocatalyst with cheaper price, and this work also discloses the correlation between surface structures and ORR catalytic activity for the hollow structures with Pt skin coat, which can be instructive for designing novel advanced electrocatalysts for fuel cells.

  18. FLEXIBLE GEIGER COUNTER

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    Richter, H.G.; Gillespie, A.S. Jr.

    1963-11-12

    A flexible Geiger counter constructed from materials composed of vinyl chloride polymerized with plasticizers or co-polymers is presented. The counter can be made either by attaching short segments of corrugated plastic sleeving together, or by starting with a length of vacuum cleaner hose composed of the above materials. The anode is maintained substantially axial Within the sleeving or hose during tube flexing by means of polystyrene spacer disks or an easily assembled polyethylene flexible cage assembly. The cathode is a wire spiraled on the outside of the counter. The sleeving or hose is fitted with glass end-pieces or any other good insulator to maintain the anode wire taut and to admit a counting gas mixture into the counter. Having the cathode wire on the outside of the counter substantially eliminates the objectional sheath effect of prior counters and permits counting rates up to 300,000 counts per minute. (AEC)

  19. Countering Internet Extremism

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    2009-01-01

    literally examine hundreds of books and speeches. Since the purpose of this work is examining ways to counter an extremist’s Internet use of the...provide differing perspectives on how to counter extremist Internet use . A 2008 New York Times article indirectly offers some methods. Writers Eric...or scholars have the most potential to effectively counter extremist Internet use . Such efforts could help to stifle some of the issues that

  20. Stainless steel electrode characterizations by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kanta, A.-F., E-mail: abdoul.kanta@umons.ac.be [Service de Science des Materiaux, Universite de Mons, Rue de l' Epargne 56, 7000 Mons (Belgium); Decroly, A. [Service de Science des Materiaux, Universite de Mons, Rue de l' Epargne 56, 7000 Mons (Belgium)

    2011-11-30

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to understand the electrochemical mechanisms which appear in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This qualitative and quantitative technique permits identification of the phenomena proceeding within the different elements composing the cell and at their interfaces. In this study, the classical conducting glass substrate was replaced by a protected stainless steel (304 type) substrate as the counter-electrode (cathode) in dye-sensitized solar cells. Platinum was deposited at the substrate surface to optimize the charge transfer resistance of the electrode. After a few days of immersion in the electrolytic solution, stainless steel substrates coated with low thickness of Pt show pitting corrosion due to iodine. Defects in the Pt layer such as discontinuity of the film and micro-cracks may explain the corrosion of the stainless steel substrate. However the Pt layer degradation is retarded for thicker films. On the other hand, polished substrates show a better behaviour probably due to the elimination of the defects on the stainless steel surface. Electrolytic solution was optimized. For this, components such as 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide (BMII), guanidine thiocyanate (GT) and 4-tert-butylpyridine (TBP) were added. No corrosion phenomena on stainless steel 304 appeared within 3 days when TBP was added. This means that TBP acts as a corrosion inhibitor. A schematic equivalent circuit is also proposed.

  1. A self-regenerable soot sensor with a proton-conductive thin electrolyte and a nanostructured platinum sensing electrode

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    Lv, Peiling; Ito, Takenori; Oogushi, Akihide; Nakashima, Kensaku; Nagao, Masahiro; Hibino, Takashi

    2016-11-01

    In recent years, exhaust sensors have become increasingly attractive for use in energy and environmental technologies. Important issues regarding practical applications of these sensors, especially for soot measurements, include the further development of ion-conductive electrolytes and active electrode catalysts for meeting performance and durability requirements. Herein, we design a proton conductor with a high breakdown voltage and a sensing electrode with high sensitivity to electrochemical carbon oxidation, enabling continuous soot monitoring with self-regeneration of the sensor. A Si0.97Al0.03HxP2O7-δ layer with an excellent balance between proton conductivity and voltage endurance was grown on the surface of a Si0.97Al0.03O2-δ substrate by reacting it with liquid H3PO4 at 600 °C. Specific reactivity of the electrochemically formed active oxygen toward soot was accomplished by adding a Pt-impregnated Sn0.9In0.1HxP2O7-δ catalyst into a Pt sensing electrode. To make the best use of these optimized materials, a unipolar electrochemical device was fabricated by configuring the sensing and counter electrodes on the same surface of the electrolyte layer. The resulting amperometric mode sensor successfully produced a current signal that corresponded to the quantity of soot.

  2. Anticoincidence scintillation counter

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    1966-01-01

    This anticoincidence scintillation counter will be mounted in a hydrogen target vessel to be used in a measurement of the .beta. parameter in the .LAMBDA0. decay. The geometry of the counter optimizes light collection in the central part where a scintillation disk of variable thickness can be fitted.

  3. Proportional counter radiation camera

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    Borkowski, C.J.; Kopp, M.K.

    1974-01-15

    A gas-filled proportional counter camera that images photon emitting sources is described. A two-dimensional, positionsensitive proportional multiwire counter is provided as the detector. The counter consists of a high- voltage anode screen sandwiched between orthogonally disposed planar arrays of multiple parallel strung, resistively coupled cathode wires. Two terminals from each of the cathode arrays are connected to separate timing circuitry to obtain separate X and Y coordinate signal values from pulse shape measurements to define the position of an event within the counter arrays which may be recorded by various means for data display. The counter is further provided with a linear drift field which effectively enlarges the active gas volume of the counter and constrains the recoil electrons produced from ionizing radiation entering the counter to drift perpendicularly toward the planar detection arrays. A collimator is interposed between a subject to be imaged and the counter to transmit only the radiation from the subject which has a perpendicular trajectory with respect to the planar cathode arrays of the detector. (Official Gazette)

  4. The first CEDAR counter

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    1976-01-01

    The first differential Cerenkov counter with chromatic corrections (called CEDAR) successfully tested at the PS in July 75. These counters were used in the SPS hadronic beams for particle identification. Some of the eight photomultipliers can be seen: they receive the light reflected back through the annular diaphragm. René Maleyran stands on the left.

  5. Dynamics of the YSZ-Pt Interface

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    Bay, Lasse; Jacobsen, Torben

    1997-01-01

    Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ)-Pt point electrodes were examined by linear potential sweep, potential step and impedance measurements at 1000 degrees C in air. Inductive loops and hysteresis phenomena with long relaxation times were found. Atomic force microscopy showed changes of the interface...... between Pt and YSZ induced by the current passage. These changes involve transport of solid and are slow enough to explain the large time constants. The low frequency capacitance and inductive loop forming an entire circle indicate the presence of gas reservoirs at the YSZ-Pt interface....

  6. Designed nanostructured pt film for electrocatalytic activities by underpotential deposition combined chemical replacement techniques.

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    Huang, Minghua; Jin, Yongdong; Jiang, Heqing; Sun, Xuping; Chen, Hongjun; Liu, Baifeng; Wang, Erkang; Dong, Shaojun

    2005-08-18

    Multiple-deposited Pt overlayer modified Pt nanoparticle (MD-Pt overlayer/PtNPs) films were deliberately constructed on glassy carbon electrodes through alternately multiple underpotential deposition (UPD) of Ag followed redox replacement reaction by Pt (II) cations. The linear and regular growth of the films characterized by cyclic voltammetry was observed. Atomic force spectroscopy (AFM) provides the surface morphology of the nanostructured Pt films. Rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry and rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) voltammetry demonstrate that the MD-Pt overlayer/PtNPs films can catalyze an almost four-electron reduction of O(2) to H(2)O in air-saturated 0.1 M H(2)SO(4). Thus-prepared Pt films behave as novel nanostructured electrocatalysts for dioxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) with enhanced electrocatalytic activities, in terms of both reduction peak potential and peak current, when compared to that of the bulk polycrystalline Pt electrode. Additionally, it is noted that after multiple replacement cycles, the electrocatalytic activities improved remarkably, although the increased amount of Pt is very low in comparison to that of pre-modified PtNPs due to the intrinsic feature of the UPD-redox replacement technique. In other words, the electrocatalytic activities could be improved markedly without using very much Pt by the technique of tailoring the catalytic surface. These features may provide an interesting way to produce Pt catalysts with a reliable catalytic performance as well as a reduction in cost.

  7. Ethanol Oxidation Reaction on Tandem Pt/Rh/SnOx Catalyst

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    Phuong Tu Mai

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available To elucidate the atomic arrangement of a Pt-Rh-Sn ternary catalyst with a high catalytic activity for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR and high CO2 selectivity, we prepared a tandem Pt/Rh/SnOx, in which a Rh adlayer was deposited on a Pt substrate (Rh coverage: 0.28, followed by depositing several layers of SnOx only on the Rh surface (Sn coverage: 0.07. For reference, Sn was randomly deposited on the Rh-modified Pt (Pt/Rh electrode whose Rh and Sn coverages were 0.22 and 0.36 (random Pt/Rh/SnOx. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy demonstrated that Pt and Rh were metallic, and Sn was largely oxidized. Both Pt/Rh/SnOx electrodes were less positive in onset potential of EOR current density and higher in EOR current density than Pt and Rh/Pt electrodes. In situ infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy demonstrated that the tandem Pt/Rh/SnOx electrode did not produce acetic acid, but produced CO2 in contrast to the random Pt/Rh/SnOx, suggesting that a tandem arrangement of Pt, Rh and SnOx, in which the Pt and SnOx sites were separated by the Rh sites, was effective for selective CO2 production. In the electrostatic electrolysis at 0.5 V vs. RHE, the tandem Pt/Rh/SnOx electrode exhibited higher EOR current density than the Pt and Pt/Rh electrodes after 1.5 h.

  8. Platinum Migration at the Pt/YSZ Interface

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Jacobsen, Torben

    2006-01-01

    by potential sweep, step and impedance techniques. As expected, inductive behaviour and activation during step polarization is confirmed, but furthermore, a very accentuated noise pattern is seen during cathodic step polarization. Investigation of the YSZ and Pt surfaces afterwards reveals the growth......Electrode activation, inductive hysteresis and non-linearity are well known phenomena on Pt-YSZ electrodes, and recently also regular fluctuation patterns have been reported. The oxygen electrode on YSZ surfaces is studied at Pt micro-electrodes prepared by electrochemical etching of platinum wire...... of dendrite like Pt structures from the TPB. The formation of these may explain the observed noise and contribute to the explanation of the activation mechanism taking place at the platinum-YSZ interface....

  9. Thermal memory effects at the Pt vertical bar YSZ interface

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Bay, Lasse

    2002-01-01

    A current induced activation mechanism in the oxygen reaction on the Pt \\ YSZ interface at 1000 degreesC is demonstrated by impedance measurements. It is shown that Pt point electrodes conditioned at high temperature retain their initial reactivity when cooled to 600 degreesC. At this temperature...

  10. Electrodeposition and electrocatalytic activity of Pt and Pt-alloy nanoparticles and thin films on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG)

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    Lu, Guojin

    Pt and Pt-based alloy catalysts were synthesized by electrodeposition on HOPG. The nucleation and growth, morphology, composition and crystal structure, and electrocatalytic activity (towards relevant reactions in the frame of PEMFCs and DMFCs) of these model electrodes were systematically investigated. The presence of chlorides inhibits the Pt reduction processes. There is a transition from progressive to instantaneous nucleation with increasing overpotential for the deposition from 1 mM H2PtCl6 electrolytes. The possibility of instantaneous nucleation at large overpotential by using electrolytes with large chloride concentration is advantageous for the growth of small, well dispersed nanoparticles. The electrochemical data were confirmed by AFM and SEM imaging studies. Relatively narrow size distributed nanoparticles can be obtained from the current system. While MOR activity decreases with decreasing particle size, the HER and HOR activity of deposited Pt particles increases with decreasing deposition period. The ORR activity first increases then decreases with increasing deposition time. Interactions between Pt and Ru, or Ni or Co are observed and they form solid solution as verified by XRD. Underpotential deposition occurs for Pt-Ni or Pt-Co co-electrodeposition. Pt-Ru deposition can be described as progressive nucleation at low overpotential and instantaneous nucleation at high overpotentials. Through direct morphological observations, the Pt-Ni or Pt-Co nucleation can be approximately described as progressive. Pt-Ru deposits are superior to Pt towards MOR. The optimum Ru content is about 50 at.%. Pt-Ni and Pt-Co deposits are more active than Pt for ORR. The optimum content is about 30 at.% Ni or 50 at.% Co. Dealloying of Pt-Ru and Pt-Ni or Pt-Co electrodeposit is observed after electrochemical characterization. The extent of dealloying increases with the content of the alloying element.

  11. Cerenkov counter for the experiment NA3

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    The program of the NA3 experiment included the study of hadronic interactions with a large transverse momentum pT, thus the inclusion in the set-up of three gas threshold Cerenkov counters of large acceptance. The photo shows the downstream part of the second Cerenkov (located at the output of the magnet). The yellow membrane is a temporary protection for the optics (shown in photo 7810540X) to be taken away when fixing this part to the gas tank (entering the magnet and not shown). The photomultipliers all around are heavily shielded.

  12. A large Cerenkov counter

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    The photo shows the vertex Cerenkov counter C0 back side (with 12 mirrors) of the NA9 experiment. On foreground are members of the team (CERN and Wuppertal Uni), Salvo .., Manfred Poetsch, ..., Jocelyn Thadome, Helmut Braun, Heiner Brueck.

  13. Counter-cryptanalysis

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    M.M.J. Stevens (Marc); R. Canetti; J.A. Garay

    2013-01-01

    textabstractWe introduce \\emph{counter-cryptanalysis} as a new paradigm for strengthening weak cryptographic primitives against cryptanalytic attacks. Redesigning a weak primitive to more strongly resist cryptanalytic techniques will unavoidably break backwards compatibility. Instead,

  14. Three-dimensional shapes and spatial distributions of Pt and PtCr catalyst nanoparticles on carbon black

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    Gontard, Lionel Cervera; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Ozkaya, D.

    2008-01-01

    High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy tomography is applied to the study of Pt and PtCr nanoparticles supported on carbon black, which are used as heterogeneous catalysts in the electrodes of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. By using electron tomography, the ...

  15. Comparison of a designed virtual counter with a real counter

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    Tektas, G.; Celiktas, C.

    2017-02-01

    A counter is a device which counts the incident pulses within a fixed time. In this work, a virtual counter was designed by developing a code by LabVIEW software. Generator signals were sent to the virtual counter via a National Instruments multifunction data acquisition device. Analog and PFI (Programmable Function Interface) inputs of the device was used for the process. A real counter was also used for comparison. Counts acquired from both counters in different time intervals were compared with each other. It was concluded from the obtained results that the developed virtual counter could be used as a real counter.

  16. Structure of Pt/C and PtRu/C catalytic layers prepared by plasma sputtering and electric performance in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC)

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    Caillard, A.; Brault, P.; Mathias, J. [Groupe de Recherche sur l' Energetique des Milieux Ionises, UMR6606 Universite d' Orleans, CNRS, Polytech' Orleans BP6744, F-45067 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Coutanceau, C.; Leger, J.-M. [Laboratoire de Catalyse en Chimie Organique, UMR6503 Universite de Poitiers, CNRS, F-86022 Poitiers (France)

    2006-11-08

    Plasma sputtering process was used to deposit Pt and PtRu on conductive carbon diffusion layer. Low metal loading catalysts for methanol electrooxidation were prepared and characterized by TEM and XRD. The main result is that codeposition of Pt and Ru leads to alloy phase, whereas multi-layers deposition leads to no-alloyed structure. The electrochemical performance of sputtered Pt/C electrodes was compared with that of standard electrodes, and was found lower. However, the specific activity was much higher, indicating that the catalyst utilization efficiency was higher than that obtained with a standard electrode. Then, different bimetallic PtRu/C electrodes were prepared by plasma sputtering, leading to different catalyst structures (Pt and Ru multilayer deposition or simultaneous deposition of Pt and Ru) and composition (from 100:0 to 50:50 Pt/Ru atomic ratios). At last, the different PtRu electrodes were compared in term of DMFC electrical performance. The best efficiency of the DMFC was reached when both metals Pt and Ru are simultaneously deposited (alloyed) with a ruthenium atomic ratio of 30% or 40 % Ru depending of the working potentials of the cell. (author)

  17. Toxicity evaluation of PEDOT/biomolecular composites intended for neural communication electrodes

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    Asplund, M; Thaning, E; Von Holst, H [Division of Neuronic Engineering, School of Technology and Health, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-14152 Huddinge (Sweden); Lundberg, J [Section for Neuroradiology, R2:02 NKK-lab, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, SE-171 76, Stockholm (Sweden); Sandberg-Nordqvist, A C [Section of Clinical CNS Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, SE-171 76, Stockholm (Sweden); Kostyszyn, B [Center for Hearing and Communication Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, M1:01, SE-171 76 Stockholm (Sweden); Inganaes, O, E-mail: maria.asplund@sth.kth.s [Biomolecular and Organic Electronics, IFM, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden)

    2009-08-15

    Electrodes coated with the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (PEDOT) possess attractive electrochemical properties for stimulation or recording in the nervous system. Biomolecules, added as counter ions in electropolymerization, could further improve the biomaterial properties, eliminating the need for surfactant counter ions in the process. Such PEDOT/biomolecular composites, using heparin or hyaluronic acid, have previously been investigated electrochemically. In the present study, their biocompatibility is evaluated. An agarose overlay assay using L929 fibroblasts, and elution and direct contact tests on human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells are applied to investigate cytotoxicity in vitro. PEDOT:heparin was further evaluated in vivo through polymer-coated implants in rodent cortex. No cytotoxic response was seen to any of the PEDOT materials tested. The examination of cortical tissue exposed to polymer-coated implants showed extensive glial scarring irrespective of implant material (Pt:polymer or Pt). However, quantification of immunological response, through distance measurements from implant site to closest neuron and counting of ED1+ cell density around implant, was comparable to those of platinum controls. These results indicate that PEDOT:heparin surfaces were non-cytotoxic and show no marked difference in immunological response in cortical tissue compared to pure platinum controls.

  18. Improved Internal Reference Oxygen Sensors with Composite Ceramic Electrodes

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    Hu, Qiang; Jacobsen, Torben; Hansen, Karin Vels

    2012-01-01

    Potentiometric oxygen sensors with an internal reference electrode, which uses the equilibrium pO2 of the binary mixture of Ni/NiO as the reference, are demonstrated. The cells employ Pt or composite ceramics as the sensing electrode. The cells are fabricated by a flexible and potentially low cost...... and performance are highly reproducible. The composite ceramics, based on strontium doped manganite and yttria doped zirconia, are proven superior over Pt to serve as the electrode material....

  19. Plastic Membrane Electrodes of Coated Wire Type for Micro Determination of Quininium Cation in Pharmaceutical Tablets

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    Laila A.A. Shatti

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Silver and copper all-solid state wire sensor electrodes of quininium cation with different ion exchangers have been prepared and used in pharmaceutical analysis. A comparative study with a reference method is applied in order to investigate the validity of the proposed method for potentiometric analysis of pharmaceutical compounds containing quinine. Approach: A Nernstian equation was proved for all electrodes of quinine in this research. Potentiometric investigations were carried out to identify the characteristic performance of the electrodes, such as the life span, pH effect and effect of the interfering ions. Chemometric and statistical studies of the chemical analysis of quinine in pharmaceutical compounds were applied using different type of electrodes compared to a reference method. Results: A Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC membrane electrodes of silver (Ag and Copper (Cu Coated Wire Electrodes (CWEs were prepared for quininium cation (Qn+. The ion exchangers were ion-pairs and ion associates of Qn+ with different counter-anions, such as reineckate (Rn-, phosphotungstate (PT3- and phosphomolybdate (PM3-. The Qn-CWEs showed a Nernstian response for a maximum 24 h at 25°C, except with that based on Cu- Qn3PM.Conclusion/Recommendations: The ion pair QnRn and the ion associates Qn3PT and Qn3PM are very efficient ion exchangers for the construction of Qn-CWEs. The performance characteristics (life span, pH effect and the selectivity proved that such electrodes can be successfully used for the potentiometric micro-determination of Qn2SO4 in its pharmaceutical preparation. The analytical application showed that the recoveries and relative standard deviation of different Qn-CWEs reveals a high degree of accuracy and precision. In spite of their high accuracy, the F- test conclude the fact that the reference method is usually more precise than proposed method introduced in this study except for Ag-Qn3PM electrode. In

  20. Performance of microstrip proportional counters for x-ray astronomy on spectrum-roentgen-gamma

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    Budtz-Jørgensen, Carl; BAHNSEN, A; Christensen, Finn Erland

    1991-01-01

    DSRI will provide a set of four imaging proportional counters for the Danish-Soviet X-ray telescopes XSPECT/SODART. The sensor principle is based on the novel micro-strip proportional counter (MSPC), where the strip electrodes are deposited by photolithography onto a rigid substrate. The MSPC off...

  1. Tuning the activity of Pt alloy electrocatalysts by means of the lanthanide contraction

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    Escribano, Maria Escudero; Malacrida, Paolo; Hansen, Martin Hangaard

    2016-01-01

    The high platinum loadings required to compensate for the slow kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) impede the widespread uptake of low-temperature fuel cells in automotive vehicles. We have studied the ORR on eight platinum (Pt)–lanthanide and Pt-alkaline earth electrodes, Pt5M, where...

  2. Reduction of Pt Usage in Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts Using Carbon Nanotubes and Non-Pt Metals

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    J. Nakamura; Y. Nagashima; T. Yamazaki; T. Matsumoto; E. Yoo

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction The high-priced and limited Pt constitutes a high barrier to commercialization of fuel cells. Pt is essential for the electrode catalyst of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs). A reduction in Pt usage is one of the key requirements for the commercialization of fuel cells for use in everyday life, because of its high price and limited availability, and the difficulty of finding suitable substitutes. Non-Pt fuel cell catalysts will decrease the demand for Pt by PEFCs, enabling more Pt to be available for use in other essential products, and make fuel cells more popular[1]. The cheaper Mo2C is known to possess similar catalytic activities and electronic structures to Pt[2]. Carbon black (CB) is widely used as the support for Pt nanoparticles. However, we found that when carbon nanotubes (CNTs) rather than CB are used as the support, the performance is improved, especially below 600 mA/cm2[3,4]. Here, we show that a combination of Mo2C catalyst and carbon nanotubes in the anode provides performance as high as half that of the current PEFCs with Pt catalysts below 600mA/cm2.

  3. Fluctuations at Electrode-YSZ Interfaces

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Hansen, Karin Vels; Skou, Eivind

    of the damping by the large interface. Fig.\\,1 shows a slow potential sweep on a Pt point electrode on a YSZ surface. For the part of the anodic and the cathodic branches where the electrode approaches equilibrium, quadratic expressions are used as smooth approximations for the current -- overvoltage relation...... in D/A converters, duty cycles of thermo regulators, etc. But even so, the dramatic spikes seen at the Ni anode emphasizes the care that must be taken in order to obtain reproducible results from point electrode studies. However, it is noted that Pt cathodes and Ni anodes show reverse patterns...... property of the interface. \

  4. Photovoltaic properties of 9 natural leaves derived biochars as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells%9种树叶生物炭作为染料敏化太阳电池对电极的光电性能

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    徐顺建

    2016-01-01

    将9种由树叶经单步热解获得的生物炭作为对电极催化材料引入染料敏化太阳电池(DSSC),并在分析生物炭的组织结构和电化学性能的基础上,着重探讨了引起器件光电性能差异的内在原因。结果表明:9种树叶热解获得的生物炭组装的DSSC的转换效率在1.00%~1.85%之间,其中棕叶最佳,樟树叶和杨树叶其次,三者的转换效率均高于1.3%,随后依次为枫叶、红继木叶、椿树叶、杉树叶和松针,桂叶最低。生物炭的孔隙结构是引起相应器件光电性能各异的主要原因。由于棕叶生物炭具有独特的取向孔隙,能缩短电解质扩散距离以及提升催化活性,因此其器件的转换效率最佳。此外,9种生物炭器件的转换效率均高于石墨器件(0.77%)。更优的光电性能主要归功于生物炭具有的多级孔结构和玻璃态碳骨架。%The biochars derived from nine kinds of leaves by one-step pyrolysis were employed as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Based on comprehensive analysis on the microstructure, crystal structure and electrochemical properties of biochars, the intrinsic causes to induce the difference of the photovoltaic properties of the biochars based DSSCs were investigated emphatically. The results indicated that the conversion efficiencies of DSSCs consisting of biochars counter electrodes derive from various leaves ranged from 1.00% to 1.85%. Among them, the palm leaf bring about the best efficiency, followed by camphor leaf, poplar leaf, maple leaf, red after-wood leaf, toona leaf, firry leaf and pine needles, and the cassia leaf with the least efficiency. The pore structure of biochars was believed as one of key factors to induce the difference of the photovoltaic properties of the DSSCs. Since the biochar prepared from palm leaf possessed unique oriented pore structure which could shorten the diffusion length of electrolyte and improve the

  5. Radiolytic Preparation of Electrocatalysts with Pt-Co and Pt-Sn Nanoparticles for a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell

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    Sang Kyum Kim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosized Pt-Sn/VC and Pt-Co/VC electrocatalysts were prepared by a one-step radiation-induced reduction (30 kGy process using distilled water as the solvent and Vulcan XC72 as the supporting material. While the Pt-Co/VC electrodes were compared with Pt/VC (40 wt%, HiSpec 4000, in terms of their electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of H2, the Pt-Co/VC electrodes were evaluated in terms of their activity towards the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR and compared with Pt/VC (40 wt%, HiSpec 4000, Pt-Co/VC, and Pt-Sn/VC in a single cell. Additionally, the prepared electrocatalyst samples (Pt-Co/VC and Pt-Sn/VC were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscope (SEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, electrochemical surface area (ECSA, and fuel cell polarization performance.

  6. Materials analyses and electrochemical impedance of implantable metal electrodes.

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    Howlader, Matiar M R; Ul Alam, Arif; Sharma, Rahul P; Deen, M Jamal

    2015-04-21

    Implantable electrodes with high flexibility, high mechanical fixation and low electrochemical impedance are desirable for neuromuscular activation because they provide safe, effective and stable stimulation. In this paper, we report on detailed materials and electrical analyses of three metal implantable electrodes - gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and titanium (Ti) - using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning acoustic microscopy, drop shape analysis and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. We investigated the cause of changes in electrochemical impedance of long-term immersed Au, Pt and Ti electrodes on liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) in phosphate buffered saline (PBS). We analyzed the surface wettability, surface and interface defects and the elemental depth profile of the electrode-adhesion layers on the LCP. The impedance of the electrodes decreased at lower frequencies, but increased at higher frequencies compared with that of the short-term immersion. The increase of impedances was influenced by the oxidation of the electrode/adhesion-layers that affected the double layer capacitance behavior of the electrode/PBS. The oxidation of the adhesion layer for all the electrodes was confirmed by XPS. Alkali ions (sodium) were adsorbed on the Au and Pt surfaces, but diffused into the Ti electrode and LCPs. The Pt electrode showed a higher sensitivity to surface and interface defects than that of Ti and Au electrodes. These findings may be useful when designing electrodes for long-term implantable devices.

  7. Preparation of Pt Nanoparticle Modified Porous Silicon Electrode and Its Electrocatalytic Performance%Pt纳米粒子修饰的多孔硅电极的制备及其电催化性能

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    田娟; 郑丹; 张熙贵; 张宝宏; 夏保佳; 杨辉

    2007-01-01

    通过循环伏安法电沉积使直径约为7 nm的Pt纳米粒子均匀地分散于多孔硅表面,拟用作微型质子交换膜燃料电池的催化电极.与刷涂法相比较,电沉积Pt纳米粒子的多孔硅电极(Pt/Si)呈现出高的Pt利用率和增强的电催化活性.当Pt载量为0.38 mg·cm-2时,其电化学活性比表面积高达148 cm2·mg-1,是刷涂相近质量的纳米Pt/C催化剂的多孔硅电极Pt-C/Si的2倍多;该修饰电极对甲醇氧化也呈现了增强的催化性能和好的稳定性,在0.5 V(vs SCE)极化1 h后电流密度为4.52 mA·cm-2,而刷涂了相近Pt量的Pt-C/Si电极的电流密度只有0.36 mA·cm-2.

  8. An efficient anticoincidence counter

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    1977-01-01

    This scintillation counter (about 25 cm diameter) was prepared at CERN for an experiment at the Saclay 600 MeV electron linac studying molecular processes originated in liquid hydrogen by muons. The counter is meant to surround the target and detect charged particles emerging from the hydrogen. The experiment was a CERN-Saclay collaboration which used the linac so as to take advantage of the time structure of the electron beam(see CERN Courier Sep 1977 and J. Bardin et al. Phys. Lett. B104 (1981) 320)

  9. Bifunctional electrocatalysis in pt-ru nanoparticle systems.

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    Roth, C; Benker, N; Theissmann, R; Nichols, R J; Schiffrin, D J

    2008-03-04

    Pt-Ru alloys are prominent electrocatalysts in fuel cell anodes as they feature a very high activity for the oxidation of reformate and methanol. The improved CO tolerance of these alloys has been discussed in relation to the so-called ligand and bifunctional mechanisms. Although these effects have been known for many years, they are still not completely understood. A new approach that bridges the gap between single crystals and practical catalysts is presented in this paper. Nanoparticulate model systems attached to an oxidized glassy carbon electrode were prepared by combining both ligand-stabilized and spontaneously deposited Pt and Ru nanoparticles. These electrodes showed very different voltammetric responses for CO and methanol oxidation. The cyclic voltammograms were deconvoluted into contributions attributed to Pt, Ru, and Pt-Ru contact regions to quantify the contribution of the latter to the bifunctional mechanism. Scanning transmission electron microscopy confirmed the proximity of Pt and Ru nanoparticles in the different samples.

  10. Nafion/DNA/纳米铂复合膜修饰电极的制备及其应用于多巴胺的高灵敏高选择性测定%Preparation of a Nafion/DNA/Pt Nanoparticles Composite Film Modified Electrode and Its Application for Highly Selective and Sensitive Determination of Dopamine

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    李娟; 贾丽萍; 姚飞; 霍瑞伟; 侯关伟; 贾文丽; 王怀生

    2013-01-01

    A new nanocomposite film modified electrode was preparaed by electrodepositing DNA at the platinum nanoparticles(PtNPs)surface and then coating Nafion on the composite film. This modified electrode(Nafion/DNA/PtNPs) was applied to detect dopamine( DA) by using differential pulse voltammetry( DPV) . The result indicates that the Nafion/DNA/PtNPs nanocomposite film has electrocatalytic effect on the oxidation of DA and results in an obvious en-hancement of the current response. In 0. 1 mol/L pH 7. 0 phosphate buffer solution(PBS),the DPV peak heights are linear with DA concentration in the range of 0. 01-0. 1 μmol/L and 0. 1-6. 0 μmol/L with the detection limit of 3. 3 nmol/L(S/N=3). In addition,the interferences of uric acid(UA)and ascorbic acid(AA)can be effectively diminished. Moreover,the Nafion/DNA/PtNPs/GCE was applied to the DA detection in dopamine hydrochloride injection with satisfied results.%纳米铂粒子( PtNPs)具有良好的生物相容性及高的催化性能,利用恒电位法将DNA生物分子电沉积在PtNPs修饰电极表面,得到一纳米结构的导电薄膜,极大地增大了电极的比表面积,结合Nafion的高选择性,制备了一种新型的Nafion/DNA/PtNPs复合膜修饰电极,研究了多巴胺( DA)在该修饰电极上的电化学行为,利用示差脉冲伏安法( DPV)对DA进行了定量分析.结果证明,该复合膜修饰电极大大提高了DA的电化学响应,在0.1 mol/L pH 7.0磷酸盐缓冲溶液( PBS)中,DA的示差脉冲伏安峰电流与其浓度在0.01~0.1μmol/L和0.1~6.0μmol/L两个范围内呈良好的线性关系,检出限可达3.3 nmol/L.此外,该修饰电极可以经受较高浓度抗坏血酸( AA)和尿酸( UA)的干扰,用于盐酸多巴胺注射液中DA含量的测定,结果满意.

  11. Influence of bi modification of pt anode catalyst in direct formic acid fuel cells.

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    Kang, Sungjin; Lee, Jaeyoung; Lee, Jae Kwang; Chung, Seung-Young; Tak, Yongsug

    2006-04-13

    The influence of Bi modification of Pt anode catalyst on the performance of direct formic acid fuel cells was investigated. Compared with the unmodified Pt anode, the Bi modified Pt (PtBi(m)) electrode prepared by under-potential deposition (UPD) caused faster electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid at the same value of the overpotential, and thus, PtBi(m) resulted in an increase in the power performance of direct formic acid fuel cells. Electrochemical impedance spectra helped to explain the difference of performance between the unmodified Pt and Bi modified Pt electrodes. Solution conductivity and dehydration phenomena occurring in highly concentrated formic acid solutions can also explain the higher power performance of PtBi(m).

  12. Silicon Nanowires with MoSx and Pt as Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

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    S. H. Hsieh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A convenient method was used for synthesizing Pt-nanoparticle/MoSx/silicon nanowires nanocomposites. Obtained Pt-MoSx/silicon nanowires electrocatalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The hydrogen evolution reaction efficiency of the Pt-MoSx/silicon nanowire nanocomposite catalysts was assessed by examining polarization and electrolysis measurements under solar light irradiations. The electrochemical characterizations demonstrate that Pt-MoSx/silicon nanowire electrodes exhibited an excellent catalytic activity for hydrogen evolution reaction in an acidic electrolyte. The hydrogen production capability of Pt-MoSx/silicon nanowires is also comparable to MoSx/silicon nanowires and Pt/silicon nanowires. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy experiments suggest that the enhanced performance of Pt-MoSx/silicon nanowires can be attributed to the fast electron transfer between Pt-MoSx/silicon nanowire electrodes and electrolyte interfaces.

  13. Geiger Counter Technique

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    1942-01-01

    is a Genco HIyvac and is backed by a single stage oil diffusion punp. The mercury well is emnloyed as a pump and mixing chamber, providing a means of...system, after first being puaped down, is filled to ovar-priees-e with Argan . re counter is then pullet off the ribber tubing a few dorps of ether are

  14. Electrochemical Sensor for Oxidation of NO Based on Au-Pt Nanoparticles Self-assembly Film

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    XIE,Jia; YU,Zhihui; XIA,Dingguo

    2009-01-01

    Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film used as an efficient electrochemical sensor was prepared by self-assembled Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles on a glassy carbon (GC) substrate using thioglycolic acid as a linker. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the Au-Pt nanoparticles self-assembly film was dense and uniform. Electrochemical experiments revealed that Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film/GC electrode showed high electrocatalytic activity to the oxidation of nitric oxide.

  15. Ternary Pt-Ru-Ni catalytic layers for methanol electrooxidation prepared by electrodeposition and galvanic replacement

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    Athanasios ePapaderakis; Nikolaos ePliatsikas; Chara eProchaska; Kalliopi M. Papazisi; Balomenou, Stella P.; Dimitrios eTsiplakides; Panagiotis ePatsalas; Sotiris eSotiropoulos

    2014-01-01

    Ternary Pt-Ru-Ni deposits on glassy carbon substrates, Pt-Ru(Ni)/GC, have been formed by initial electrodeposition of Ni layers onto glassy carbon electrodes, followed by their partial exchange for Pt and Ru, upon their immersion into equimolar solutions containing complex ions of the precious metals. The overall morphology and composition of the deposits has been studied by SEM microscopy and EDS spectroscopy. Continuous but nodular films have been confirmed, with a Pt ÷ Ru ÷ Ni % bulk atomi...

  16. Platinum porphyrins as ionophores in polymeric membrane electrodes

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    Lvova, Larisa; Verrelli, Giorgio; Nardis, Sara

    2011-01-01

    porphyrin dimers occurs in the membrane plasticized both with high or low dielectric constant plasticizer, due to a low oxophilicity of central Pt. The computational study of various anion–Pt(IV)TPPCl2 complex formation by means of semi-empirical and density functional theory (DFT) methods revealed a good......A comparative study of Pt(II)- and Pt(IV)-porphyrins as novel ionophores for anion-selective polymeric membrane electrodes is performed. Polymeric membranes of different compositions, prepared by varying plasticizers, cationic and anionic additives and Pt porphyrins, have been examined...... within the electrode membranes, while those based on Pt(IV)TPPCl2 operate via a mixed mode carrier mechanism, evidencing also a partial reduction of the starting ionophore to Pt(II)TPP. Spectrophotometric measurements of thin polymeric films indicate that no spontaneous formation of hydroxide ion bridged...

  17. Ethanol oxidation reaction activity of highly dispersed Pt/SnO{sub 2} double nanoparticles on carbon black

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    Higuchi, Eiji; Miyata, Kazumasa; Takase, Tomonori; Inoue, Hiroshi [Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2011-02-15

    Highly dispersed Pt and SnO{sub 2} double nanoparticles containing different Pt/Sn ratios (denoted as Pt/SnO{sub 2}/CB) were prepared on carbon black (CB) by the modified Boennemann method. The average size of Pt and SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles was 3.1 {+-} 0.5 nm and 2.5 {+-} 0.3 nm, respectively, in Pt/SnO{sub 2}(3:1)/CB, 3.0 {+-} 0.5 nm and 2.6 {+-} 0.3 nm, respectively, in Pt/SnO{sub 2}(1:1)/CB, and 2.8 {+-} 0.5 nm and 2.5 {+-} 0.3 nm, respectively, in Pt/SnO{sub 2}(1:3)/CB. The Pt/SnO{sub 2}(3:1)/CB electrode showed the highest specific activity and lowest overpotential for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR), and was superior to a Pt/CB electrode. Current density for EOR at 0.40 and 0.60 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode for the Pt/SnO{sub 2}(3:1)/CB electrode decayed more slowly than that for the Pt/CB electrode because of a synergistic effect between Pt and SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The predominant reaction product was acetic acid, and its current efficiency was about 70%, while that for CO{sub 2} production was about 30%. (author)

  18. Origins of nanoscale damage to glass-sealed platinum electrodes with submicrometer and nanometer size.

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    Nioradze, Nikoloz; Chen, Ran; Kim, Jiyeon; Shen, Mei; Santhosh, Padmanabhan; Amemiya, Shigeru

    2013-07-02

    Glass-sealed Pt electrodes with submicrometer and nanometer size have been successfully developed and applied for nanoscale electrochemical measurements such as scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). These small electrodes, however, are difficult to work with because they often lose a current response or give a low SECM feedback in current-distance curves. Here we report that these problems can be due to the nanometer-scale damage that is readily and unknowingly made to the small tips in air by electrostatic discharge or in electrolyte solution by electrochemical etching. The damaged Pt electrodes are recessed and contaminated with removed electrode materials to lower their current responses. The recession and contamination of damaged Pt electrodes are demonstrated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. The recessed geometry is noticeable also by SECM but is not obvious from a cyclic voltammogram. Characterization of a damaged Pt electrode with recessed geometry only by cyclic voltammetry may underestimate electrode size from a lower limiting current owing to an invalid assumption of inlaid disk geometry. Significantly, electrostatic damage can be avoided by grounding a Pt electrode and nearby objects, most importantly, an operator as a source of electrostatic charge. Electrochemical damage can be avoided by maintaining potentiostatic control of a Pt electrode without internally disconnecting the electrode from a potentiostat between voltammetric measurements. Damage-free Pt electrodes with submicrometer and nanometer sizes are pivotal for reliable and quantitative nanoelectrochemical measurements.

  19. Influence of electrolyte additives on the cathode electrolyte interphase (CEI) formation on LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 in half cells with Li metal counter electrode

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    Qian, Yunxian; Niehoff, Philip; Börner, Markus; Grützke, Martin; Mönnighoff, Xaver; Behrends, Pascal; Nowak, Sascha; Winter, Martin; Schappacher, Falko M.

    2016-10-01

    Traditional solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) forming additives of vinylene carbonate (VC), fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) and ethylene sulfite (ES) are studied with respect to their impact on the formation and growth of the cathode electrolyte interphase (CEI) layer. T-half cells are assembled and undergo three different electrochemical investigation plans: after formation (0.1C, 5 cycles) and long term cycling (0.1C, 5 constant current cycles + 1C, 100/150 constant current/voltage cycles), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) are combined to investigate morphology, CEI composition, CEI thickness and aging products for cells with different electrolyte systems. The obtained results reveal a significant influence of these additives on the CEI composition and CEI growth. With the help of SEM, it is found that large areas of electrolyte decomposition products are formed at the aged electrode surfaces (=after cycling), with the exception when 2 vol% of FEC is added into the reference electrolyte. From XPS measurements, CEI thicknesses are calculated. The reference electrolyte with 2 vol% of FEC shows the thinnest layer after long time aging (0.8 ± 0.2 nm). For the addition of 2 vol% of VC, an incremental growth of the CEI thickness occurs from the 100th to 150th cycle (from 1.0 ± 0.1 nm to 2.9 ± 0.4 nm). By correlating the CEI thickness values with the electrochemical performance, it can be observed that for lithium metal based half cells, the existence of a thinner CEI layer corresponds to a better cycling behavior, with 2 vol% of FEC showing the highest discharge capacity of 114.4 ± 0.2 mAh/g after 150 cycles at 1C. GC-MS shows that both VC and FEC help to prevent fast electrolyte aging.

  20. Fabrication of highly electro catalytic active layer of multi walled carbon nanotube/enzyme for Pt-free dye sensitized solar cells

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    Arbab, Alvira Ayoub, E-mail: alvira_arbab@yahoo.com [Department of Organic and Nano Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Sun, Kyung Chul, E-mail: hytec@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Fuel cells and hydrogen technology, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Sahito, Iftikhar Ali, E-mail: iftikhar.sahito@faculty.muet.edu.pk [Department of Organic and Nano Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Qadir, Muhammad Bilal, E-mail: bilal_ntu81@hotmail.com [Department of Organic and Nano Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Sung Hoon, E-mail: shjeong@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Organic and Nano Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We prepared three different types of enzyme dispersed multiwall carbon nanotube (E-MWCNT) layer for application in Pt-free dye sensitized solar cell (DSSCs). • E-MWCNT catalysts exhibited an extremely good electro-catalytic activity (ECA), compared with the conventional catalyst, when synthesized with lipase enzyme. • E-MWCNT as counter electrode exhibits a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.5%, which can be compared to 8% efficiency of Pt catalyst. - Abstract: Highly dispersed conductive suspensions of multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) can have intrinsic electrical and electrochemical characteristics, which make them useful candidate for platinum (Pt)-free, dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). High energy conversion efficiency of 7.52% is demonstrated in DSSCs, based on enzyme dispersed MWCNT (E-MWCNT) layer deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass. The E-MWCNT layer shows a pivotal role as platform to reduce large amount of iodide species via electro catalytically active layer, fabricated by facile tape casting under air drying technique. The E-MWCNT layer with large surface area, high mechanical adhesion, and good interconnectivity is derived from an appropriate enzyme dispersion, which provides not only enhanced interaction sites for the electrolyte/counter electrode interface but also improved electron transport mechanism. The surface morphology and structural characterization were investigated using field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and electronic microscopy techniques. Electro catalytic activity (ECA) and electrochemical properties of E-MWCNT counter electrode (CE) were investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. The high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of E-MWCNT CE is associated with the low charge transfer

  1. Prothrombin time (PT)

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    PT; Pro-time; Anticoagulant-prothrombin time; Clotting time: protime; INR; International normalized ratio ... PT is measured in seconds. Most of the time, results are given as what is called INR ( ...

  2. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

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    Boquist, Carl W.; Marchant, David D.

    1978-01-01

    A ceramic-metal composite suitable for use in a high-temperature environment consists of a refractory ceramic matrix containing 10 to 50 volume percent of a continuous high-temperature metal reinforcement. In a specific application of the composite, as an electrode in a magnetohydrodynamic generator, the one surface of the electrode which contacts the MHD fluid may have a layer of varying thickness of nonreinforced refractory ceramic for electrode temperature control. The side walls of the electrode may be coated with a refractory ceramic insulator. Also described is an electrode-insulator system for a MHD channel.

  3. Incorporation of indium tin oxide nanoparticles in PEMFC electrodes

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    Wolz, Andre [Renewable Energies Group, Institute for Materials Science, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany); CRP Henri Tudor, Department of Advanced Materials and Structures, Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg); Zils, Susanne; Ruch, David; Michel, Marc [CRP Henri Tudor, Department of Advanced Materials and Structures, Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg); Kotov, Nicholas [University of Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Roth, Christina [Renewable Energies Group, Institute for Materials Science, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany); Institute for Applied Materials (IAM)-Energy Storage Systems (ESS), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2012-05-15

    Carbon materials suffer from corrosion at the cathode of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). In the presence of water, carbon support materials are oxidized to carbon dioxide even at low potentials. Hence, nowadays it is very fashionable to look for alternative support materials, like oxides or conductive polymers. To gain the maximum performance for a new material one should also consider an appropriate electrode structure. This study shows the results for the incorporation of nanosized alternative support materials into advanced electrode architectures. Commercially available indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticles (<50 nm) are used as support for Pt nanoparticles in combination with Nafion-coated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on the cathode side of a PEMFC. The MWCNTs promote a high electronic conductivity and help to form a porous network, which could accommodate the Pt/ITO nanoparticles. The microscopic investigations show a homogeneous electrode structure composed of Pt/ITO and MWCNT/Nafion multilayer. Single cell measurements show a maximum power density of 73 mW cm{sup -2} and a Pt utilization of 1468 mW mg{sub Pt}{sup -1} for the cathode. The performance data and the Pt utilization are comparable to a standard Pt/carbon black electrode possessing the same Pt loading in the electrode. Beside this, it is shown for the first time that ITO serves as support material under real fuel cell conditions. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Countering rumors about contraceptives.

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    Del Rosario, M L

    1976-01-01

    Rumors are among the serious problems of the National Population Program today. The principles related to the origin of rumors, who starts rumors pertaining to family planning, and how they spread are outlined. The basic approach in countering rumors for the pill and IUD is diagrammed so that each potential rumor is countered by a medical or nonmedical/technical explanation. Strategies used by information-education-communication programs to prevent rumors such as the small group discussion, selection and training of motivators, and use of mass media are discussed. Rumors about family planning are counteracted not with the use of elaborate techniques but with clear and fairly simple reassurances supported by medical evidence and case histories.

  5. Resistance switching mode transformation in SrRuO3/Cr-doped SrZrO3/Pt frameworks via a thermally activated Ti out-diffusion process.

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    Jo, Yongcheol; Jung, Kyooho; Kim, Jongmin; Woo, Hyeonseok; Han, Jaeseok; Kim, Hyungsang; Hong, Jinpyo; Lee, Jeon-Kook; Im, Hyunsik

    2014-12-08

    This work reports on a mechanism for irreversible resistive switching (RS) transformation from bipolar to unipolar RS behavior in SrRuO3 (SRO)/Cr-doped SrZrO3 (SZO:Cr)/Pt capacitor structures prepared on a Ti/SiO2/Si substrate. Counter-clockwise bipolar RS memory current-voltage (I-V) characteristics are observed within the RS voltage window of -2.5 to +1.9 V, with good endurance and retention properties. As the bias voltage increases further beyond 4 V under a forward bias, a forming process occurs resulting in irreversible RS mode transformation from bipolar to unipolar mode. This switching mode transformation is a direct consequence of thermally activated Ti out-diffusion from a Ti adhesion layer. Transition metal Ti effectively out-diffuses through the loose Pt electrode layer at high substrate temperatures, leading to the unintended formation of a thin titanium oxide (TiO(x) where x < 2) layer between the Pt electrode and the SZO:Cr layer as well as additional Ti atoms in the SZO:Cr layer. Cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy depth-profile measurements provided apparent evidence of the Ti out-diffusion phenomenon. We propose that the out-diffusion-induced additional Ti atoms in the SZO:Cr layer contributes to the creation of the metallic filamentary channels.

  6. Pt metal-CeO2 interaction: direct observation of redox coupling between Pt0/Pt2+/Pt4+ and Ce4+/Ce3+ states in Ce(0.98)Pt(0.02)O2-delta catalyst by a combined electrochemical and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study.

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    Sharma, Sudhanshu; Hegde, M S

    2009-03-21

    Pt ions-CeO(2) interaction in Ce(1-x)Pt(x)O(2-delta) (x=0.02) has been studied for the first time by electrochemical method combined with x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Working electrodes made of CeO(2) and Ce(0.98)Pt(0.02)O(2-delta) mixed with 30% carbon are treated electrochemically between 0.0-1.2 V in potentiostatic (chronoamperometry) and potentiodynamic (cyclic voltametry) mode with reference to saturated calomel electrode. Reversible oxidation of Pt(0) to Pt(2+) and Pt(4+) state due to the applied positive potential is coupled to simultaneous reversible reduction of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) state. CeO(2) reduces to CeO(2-y) (y=0.35) after applying 1.2 V, which is not reversible; Ce(0.98)Pt(0.02)O(2-delta) reaches a steady state with Pt(2+):Pt(4+) in the ratio of 0.60:0.40 and Ce(4+):Ce(3+) in the ratio of 0.55:0.45 giving a composition Ce(0.98)Pt(0.02)O(1.74) at 1.2 V, which is reversible. Composition of Pt ion substituted compound is reversible between Ce(0.98)Pt(0.02)O(1.95) to Ce(0.98)Pt(0.02)O(1.74) within the potential range of 0.0-1.2 V. Thus, Ce(0.98)Pt(0.02)O(2-delta) forms a stable electrode for oxidation of H(2)O to O(2) unlike CeO(2). A linear relation between oxidation of Pt(2+) to Pt(4+) with simultaneous reduction in Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) is observed demonstrating Pt-CeO(2) metal support interaction is due to reversible Pt(0)/Pt(2+)/Pt(4+) interaction with Ce(4+)/Ce(3+) redox couple.

  7. Preparation and Electrochemical Properties of Porous Platinum Electrode

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    HE Xin; CHEN Boxun; CHEN Qiao

    2012-01-01

    Porous platinum electrodes were prepared by adding YSZ,as an active material,in platinum paste.Relationship between microstructure and electrochemical performance of O2(g),Pt/YSZ electrode have been characterized by SEM and cyclic voltammetry.Results showed that the microstructure of platinum electrode is a significant impact on the cyclic voltammetry.With the increase of platinum electrode's porosity,the area of three-phase boundary of O2(g)/Pt/YSZ was increased.The electrochemical reactivity was also enhanced.These were presented as the increase of current density and cathode voltage in cyclic voltammetry.

  8. An Eletrochemical Quatrz Crystal Microbalance Study on Electrochemical Behavior of As(Ⅲ)at Au/Au and Pt/Au Electrodes%电镀铂/金的金电极上As(Ⅲ)电化学行为的电化学石英晶体微天平研究

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    黄素清; 黄钊; 谷铁安; 谢青季; 姚守拙

    2011-01-01

    Electrochemical behavior of As(Ⅲ)at Au/Au and Pt/Au electrodes was investigated with an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) in Britton-Robinson ( B-R, pH = 1. 8 - 11. 2)buffer solutions and in 0. 1 or 0. 5 mol/L aqueous H2SO4. Through real-time process monitoring of the EQCM parameters (frequency etc. ) and enhancement of the electrode-response signals by pre-electrodeposition of As (0) , the electrodeposition of As (0) , the electrod-esurface-adsorption characteristics of As(Ⅲ) and As(Ⅴ) , and the pH-dependence of the electrochemistry of As species were investigated. The following main conclusions are reached: (1) electrodeposition of As(0) can occur on both electrodes, but electrodeposition of As(0) on Pt/Au is more significant, and the electrooxidation of As(0) electrodeposited on Pt/Au at sufficient quantity can exhibit two current peaks for oxidation of outer-layer As(0) followed by inner-layer As(0); (2) As(Ⅲ) can strongly adsorb on Pt/Au but its oxidation product as As(Ⅴ) can desorb from the electrode surface , and the adsorption of both As(Ⅲ) and As(Ⅴ) is very weak on Au/Au; (3) the electrooxidation current of As(Ⅲ) on Pt/Au tends to be the maximum in pH = 1. 8 B-R buffer solution and in 0.1 mol/L aqueous H2SO4. Based on the pre-adsorption of As(Ⅲ) on Pt/Au and its catalyzed electrooxidation stripping, we proposed a new linear sweep voltammetric electroanalysis method for the determination of As (Ⅲ) , by which the detection sensitivity for As(Ⅲ) can be 40-fold enhanced over the pre-adsorption-free case%采用电化学石英晶体微天平(EQCM)技术研究了Britton-Robinson(B-R,pH=1.8~11.2)缓冲溶液和H2SO4介质中电镀铂淦的金电极上As(Ⅲ)的循环伏安行为.通过实时监测EQCM频率等参数的变化过程并利用预电沉积As(O)放大电极响应信号,考察了两电极上As.(O)的电沉积、AsⅢ皿和AsⅤ助组分的吸附特性以及As组分电化学行为的pH依赖性.主要结论如

  9. Electrolysis of ammonia for hydrogen production catalyzed by Pt and Pt-Ir deposited on nickel foam

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    Min; Jiang; Dandan; Zhu; Xuebo; Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Electrolysis of ammonia in alkaline electrolyte solution was applied for the production of hydrogen. Both Pt-loaded Ni foam and Pt-Ir loaded Ni foam electrodes were prepared by electrodeposition and served as anode and cathode in ammonia electrolytic cell, respectively. The electrochemical behaviors of ammonia in KOH solution were individually investigated via cyclic voltammetry on three electrodes, i.e. bare Ni foam electrode, Pt-loaded Ni foam electrode and Pt-Ir loaded Ni foam electrode. The morphology and composition of the prepared Ni foam electrode were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy(SEM) and X-ray diffraction(XRD). Effects of the concentration of electrolyte solution and temperature of electrolytic cell on the electrolysis reaction were examined in order to enhance the efficiency of ammonia electrolysis. The competition of ammonia electrolysis and water electrolysis in the same alkaline solution was firstly proposed to explain the changes of cell voltage with the electrolysis proceeding. At varying current densities, different cell voltages could be obtained from galvanostatic curves.The low cell voltage of 0.58 V, which is less than the practical electrolysis voltage of water(1.6 V), can be obtained at a current density of2.5 mA/cm2. Based on some experimental parameters, such as the applied current, the resulting cell voltage and output of hydrogen gas, the power consumption per gram of H2produced can be estimated.

  10. Pt nanoparticles embedded on reduced graphite oxide with excellent electrocatalytic properties

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    Saravanan, Gengan; Mohan, Subramanian

    2016-11-01

    Economically viable electrochemical approach has been developed for the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles through electrodeposition technique on the surface of Reduced Graphite Oxide (RGO). Pt nanoparticles embedded Reduced Graphite Oxide on Glassy Carbon Electrode are employed (Pt-rGO/GCE) for electrooxidation of formic acid. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) image shows that reduced graphite oxide act as an excellent support to anchor the Pt nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry results confirmed that Pt-rGO/GCE enhanced current density as many folds than that of bare platinum electrode for electrooxidation of formic acid. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for Pt-graphene composites illustrate that peaks at 69.15 and 23° for Pt (220) and graphene carbon (002) respectively. 13C NMR spectrum of the electrochemically reduced graphite oxide resonance contains only one peak at 133 ppm which retains graphitic sp2 carbon and does not contain any oxygenated carbon and the carbonyl carbons.

  11. Ternary Pt-Ru-Ni catalytic layers for methanol electrooxidation prepared by electrodeposition and galvanic replacement

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    Athanasios ePapaderakis

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Ternary Pt-Ru-Ni deposits on glassy carbon substrates, Pt-Ru(Ni/GC, have been formed by initial electrodeposition of Ni layers onto glassy carbon electrodes, followed by their partial exchange for Pt and Ru, upon their immersion into equimolar solutions containing complex ions of the precious metals. The overall morphology and composition of the deposits has been studied by SEM microscopy and EDS spectroscopy. Continuous but nodular films have been confirmed, with a Pt÷Ru÷Ni % bulk atomic composition ratio of 37÷12÷51 (and for binary Pt-Ni control systems of 47÷53. Fine topographical details as well as film thickness have been directly recorded using AFM microscopy. The composition of the outer layers as well as the interactions of the three metals present have been studied by XPS spectroscopy and a Pt÷Ru÷Ni % surface atomic composition ratio of 61÷12÷27 (and for binary Pt-Ni control systems of 85÷15 has been found, indicating the enrichment of the outer layers in Pt; a shift of the Pt binding energy peaks to higher values was only observed in the presence of Ru and points to an electronic effect of Ru on Pt. The surface electrochemistry of the thus prepared Pt-Ru(Ni/GC and Pt(Ni/GC electrodes in deaerated acid solutions (studied by cyclic voltammetry proves the existence of a shell consisting exclusively of Pt-Ru or Pt. The activity of the Pt-Ru(Ni deposits towards methanol oxidation (studied by slow potential sweep voltammetry is higher from that of the Pt(Ni deposit and of pure Pt; this enhancement is attributed both to the well-known Ru synergistic effect due to the presence of its oxides but also (based on the XPS findings to a modification effect of Pt electronic properties.

  12. Electromagnetic shower counter

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    1974-01-01

    The octogonal block of lead glass is observed by eight photomultiplier tubes. Four or five such counters, arranged in succession, are used on each arm of the bispectrometer in order to detect heavy particles of the same family as those recently observed at Brookhaven and SLAC. They provide a means of identifying electrons. The arrangement of eight lateral photomultiplier tubes offers an efficient means of collecting the photons produced in the showers and determining, with a high resolution, the energy of the incident electrons. The total width at half-height is less than 6.9% for electrons having an energy of 1 GeV.

  13. Pt skin on AuCu intermetallic substrate: a strategy to maximize Pt utilization for fuel cells.

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    Wang, Gongwei; Huang, Bing; Xiao, Li; Ren, Zhandong; Chen, Hao; Wang, Deli; Abruña, Héctor D; Lu, Juntao; Zhuang, Lin

    2014-07-09

    The dependence on Pt catalysts has been a major issue of proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Strategies to maximize the Pt utilization in catalysts include two main approaches: to put Pt atoms only at the catalyst surface and to further enhance the surface-specific catalytic activity (SA) of Pt. Thus far there has been no practical design that combines these two features into one single catalyst. Here we report a combined computational and experimental study on the design and implementation of Pt-skin catalysts with significantly improved SA toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Through screening, using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, a Pt-skin structure on AuCu(111) substrate, consisting of 1.5 monolayers of Pt, is found to have an appropriately weakened oxygen affinity, in comparison to that on Pt(111), which would be ideal for ORR catalysis. Such a structure is then realized by substituting the Cu atoms in three surface layers of AuCu intermetallic nanoparticles (AuCu iNPs) with Pt. The resulting Pt-skinned catalyst (denoted as Pt(S)AuCu iNPs) has been characterized in depth using synchrotron XRD, XPS, HRTEM, and HAADF-STEM/EDX, such that the Pt-skin structure is unambiguously identified. The thickness of the Pt skin was determined to be less than two atomic layers. Finally the catalytic activity of Pt(S)AuCu iNPs toward the ORR was measured via rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry through which it was established that the SA was more than 2 times that of a commercial Pt/C catalyst. Taking into account the ultralow Pt loading in Pt(S)AuCu iNPs, the mass-specific catalytic activity (MA) was determined to be 0.56 A/mg(Pt)@0.9 V, a value that is well beyond the DOE 2017 target for ORR catalysts (0.44 A/mg(Pt)@0.9 V). These findings provide a strategic design and a realizable approach to high-performance and Pt-efficient catalysts for fuel cells.

  14. Preparation of ternary Pt/Rh/SnO2 anode catalysts for use in direct ethanol fuel cells and their electrocatalytic activity for ethanol oxidation reaction

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    Higuchi, Eiji; Takase, Tomonori; Chiku, Masanobu; Inoue, Hiroshi

    2014-10-01

    Pt, Rh and SnO2 nanoparticle-loaded carbon black (Pt/Rh/SnO2/CB) catalysts with different contents of Pt and Rh were prepared by the modified Bönnemann method. The mean size and size distribution of Pt, Rh and SnO2 for Pt-71/Rh-4/SnO2/CB (Pt : Rh : Sn = 71 at.%: 4 at.%: 25 at.%) were 3.8 ± 0.7, 3.2 ± 0.7 and 2.6 ± 0.5 nm, respectively, indicating that Pt, Rh and SnO2 were all nanoparticles. The onset potential of ethanol oxidation current for the Pt-65/Rh-10/SnO2/CB and Pt-56/Rh-19/SnO2/CB electrodes was ca. 0.2 V vs. RHE which was ca. 0.2 V less positive than that for the Pt/CB electrode. The oxidation current at 0.6 V for the Pt/Rh/SnO2/CB electrode (ca. 2% h-1) decayed more slowly than that at the Pt/SnO2/CB electrode (ca. 5% h-1), indicating that the former was superior in durability to the latter. The main product of EOR in potentiostatic electrolysis at 0.6 V for the Pt-71/Rh-4/SnO2/CB electrode was acetic acid.

  15. Electrostatic atomization: Effect of electrode materials on electrostatic atomizer performance

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    Sankaran, Abhilash; Staszel, Christopher; Kashir, Babak; Perri, Anthony; Mashayek, Farzad; Yarin, Alexander

    2016-11-01

    Electrostatic atomization was studied experimentally with a pointed electrode in a converging nozzle. Experiments were carried out on poorly conductive canola oil where it was observed that electrode material may affect charge transfer. This points at the possible faradaic reactions that can occur at the surfaces of the electrodes. The supply voltage is applied to the sharp electrode and the grounded nozzle body constitutes the counter-electrode. The charge transfer is controlled by the electrochemical reactions on both the electrodes. The electrical performance study of the atomizer issuing a charged oil jet was conducted using three different nozzle body materials - brass, copper and stainless steel. Also, two sharp electrode materials - brass and stainless steel - were tested. The experimental results revealed that both the nozzle body material, as well as the sharp electrode material affected the spray and leak currents. Moreover, the effect of the sharp electrode material is quite significant. This research is supported by NSF Grant 1505276.

  16. Quantum counter automata

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    Say, A C Cem

    2011-01-01

    The question of whether quantum real-time one-counter automata (rtQ1CAs) can outperform their probabilistic counterparts has been open for more than a decade. We provide an affirmative answer to this question, by demonstrating a non-context-free language that can be recognized with perfect soundness by a rtQ1CA. This is the first demonstration of the superiority of a quantum model to the corresponding classical one in the real-time case with an error bound less than 1. We also introduce a generalization of the rtQ1CA, the quantum one-way one-counter automaton (1Q1CA), and show that they too are superior to the corresponding family of probabilistic machines. For this purpose, we provide general definitions of these models that reflect the modern approach to the definition of quantum finite automata, and point out some problems with previous results. We identify several remaining open problems.

  17. Reliable reference electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    La Mantia, F.

    2013-06-01

    Despite the high attention drawn to the lithium-ion batteries by the scientific and industrial community, most of the electrochemical characterization is carried out using poor reference electrodes or even no reference electrode. In this case, the performances of the active material are inaccurate, especially at high current densities. In this work we show the error committed in neglecting the polarizability of lithium counter electrodes, and we propose two reference electrodes to use in organic electrolytes based on lithium salts, namely Li4Ti5O12 and LiFePO 4. In particular, it was observed that, the polarizability of the metallic lithium counter electrode has a relevant stochastic component, which renders measurements at high current densities (above 1 mA·cm - 2) in two electrode cells non reproducible.

  18. Counter-Rotating Accretion Discs

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    Dyda, Sergei; Lovelace, Richard V. E.; Ustyugova, Galina V.; Romanova, Marina M.; Koldoba, Alexander V.

    2014-01-01

    Counter-rotating discs can arise from the accretion of a counter-rotating gas cloud onto the surface of an existing co-rotating disc or from the counter-rotating gas moving radially inward to the outer edge of an existing disc. At the interface, the two components mix to produce gas or plasma with zero net angular momentum which tends to free-fall towards the disc center. We discuss high-resolution axisymmetric hydrodynamic simulations of a viscous counter-rotating disc for cases where the tw...

  19. Pt nanoparticles embedded on reduced graphite oxide with excellent electrocatalytic properties

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    Saravanan, Gengan, E-mail: saravanan3che@gmail.com [Central University of Tamil Nadu, Department of Chemistry, Thiruvarur, 610101 (India); Mohan, Subramanian, E-mail: sanjnamohan@yahoo.com [EMFT Division, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Tamilnadu, Karaikudi 630 006 (India)

    2016-11-15

    Graphical abstract: RGO/Nano Pt: This study explore the electrocatalytic oxidation performance of reduced graphite oxide (RGO) anchored with nano Pt. This graphene composite reveal superior electrooxidation performance that is associated with the flexible RGO matrix and the uniform distribution of Pt particles, which enhances surface area, fast electron transfer, uniform particle size distribution; consequently, the RGO matrix provides more stability to Pt particles during electrooxidation process. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Greener electrochemical method applied to prepare well-dispersed Pt-rGO. • Pt-rGO large surface area excellent charge transfer better catalytic activity. • Low-cost highly efficient carbon-based electrodes for direct formic acid fuel cell. • rGO an excellent support to anchor Pt nanoparticles on its surface. • Pt-rGO distinctly enhanced current density towards formic acid electrooxidation. - Abstract: Economically viable electrochemical approach has been developed for the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles through electrodeposition technique on the surface of Reduced Graphite Oxide (RGO). Pt nanoparticles embedded Reduced Graphite Oxide on Glassy Carbon Electrode are employed (Pt-rGO/GCE) for electrooxidation of formic acid. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) image shows that reduced graphite oxide act as an excellent support to anchor the Pt nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry results confirmed that Pt-rGO/GCE enhanced current density as many folds than that of bare platinum electrode for electrooxidation of formic acid. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for Pt-graphene composites illustrate that peaks at 69.15 and 23° for Pt (220) and graphene carbon (002) respectively. {sup 13}C NMR spectrum of the electrochemically reduced graphite oxide resonance contains only one peak at 133 ppm which retains graphitic sp{sup 2} carbon and does not contain any oxygenated carbon and the carbonyl

  20. Pt-Ni and Pt-Co Catalyst Synthesis Route for Fuel Cell Applications

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    Firdosy, Samad A.; Ravi, Vilupanur A.; Valdez, Thomas I.; Kisor, Adam; Narayan, Sri R.

    2013-01-01

    Oxygen reduction reactions (ORRs) at the cathode are the rate-limiting step in fuel cell performance. The ORR is 100 times slower than the corresponding hydrogen oxidation at the anode. Speeding up the reaction at the cathode will improve fuel cell efficiency. The cathode material is generally Pt powder painted onto a substrate (e.g., graphite paper). Recent efforts in the fuel cell area have focused on replacing Pt with Pt-X alloys (where X = Co, Ni, Zr, etc.) in order to (a) reduce cost, and (b) increase ORR rates. One of these strategies is to increase ORR rates by reducing the powder size, which would result in an increase in the surface area, thereby facilitating faster reaction rates. In this work, a process has been developed that creates Pt-Ni or Pt-Co alloys that are finely divided (on the nano scale) and provide equivalent performance at lower Pt loadings. Lower Pt loadings will translate to lower cost. Precursor salts of the metals are dissolved in water and mixed. Next, the salt mixtures are dried on a hot plate. Finally, the dried salt mixture is heattreated in a furnace under flowing reducing gas. The catalyst powder is then used to fabricate a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for electrochemical performance testing. The Pt- Co catalyst-based MEA showed comparable performance to an MEA fabri cated using a standard Pt black fuel cell catalyst. The main objective of this program has been to increase the overall efficiencies of fuel cell systems to support power for manned lunar bases. This work may also have an impact on terrestrial programs, possibly to support the effort to develop a carbon-free energy source. This catalyst can be used to fabricate high-efficiency fuel cell units that can be used in space as regenerative fuel cell systems, and terrestrially as primary fuel cells. Terrestrially, this technology will become increasingly important when transition to a hydrogen economy occurs.

  1. Invisibility and PT symmetry

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    MOSTAFAZADEH, Ali

    2013-01-01

    PHYSICAL REVIEW A 87, 012103 (2013) Invisibility and PT symmetry Ali Mostafazadeh* Department of Mathematics, Koc¸ University, Sarıyer 34450, Istanbul, Turkey (Received 9 July 2012; published 3 January 2013) For a general complex scattering potential defined on a real line, we show that the equations governing invisibility of the potential are invariant under the combined action of parity and time-reversal (PT ) transformation. We determine the PT -symmetric as well as no...

  2. Ethylene glycol oxidation on Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticle decorated polythiophene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites for fuel cell applications.

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    Selvaraj, Vaithilingam; Alagar, Muthukaruppan

    2008-01-30

    A novel supporting material containing polythiophene (PTh) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) (PTh-CNTs) is prepared by in situ polymerization of thiophene on carbon nanotubes using FeCl(3) as oxidizing agent under sonication. The prepared polythiophene/CNT composites are further decorated with Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles by chemical reduction of the corresponding metal salts using HCHO as reducing agent at pH = 11 (Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT). The fabricated composite films decorated with nanoparticles were investigated towards the electrochemical oxidation of ethylene glycol (EG). The presence of carbon nanotubes in conjugation with a conducting polymer produces a good catalytic effect, which might be due to the higher electrochemically accessible surface areas, electronic conductivity and easier charge-transfer at polymer/electrolyte interfaces, which allows higher dispersion of Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles. Such nanoparticle modified PTh-CNT electrodes exhibit better catalytic behavior towards ethylene glycol oxidation. Results show that Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT modified electrodes show enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability towards the electro-oxidation of ethylene glycol than the Pt/PTh electrodes, which shows that the composite film is more promising for applications in fuel cells.

  3. Ethylene glycol oxidation on Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticle decorated polythiophene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites for fuel cell applications

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    Selvaraj, Vaithilingam; Alagar, Muthukaruppan [Department of Chemical Engineering, Alagappa College of Technology, Anna University, Chennai 600025 (India)

    2008-01-30

    A novel supporting material containing polythiophene (PTh) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) (PTh-CNTs) is prepared by in situ polymerization of thiophene on carbon nanotubes using FeCl{sub 3} as oxidizing agent under sonication. The prepared polythiophene/CNT composites are further decorated with Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles by chemical reduction of the corresponding metal salts using HCHO as reducing agent at pH = 11 (Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT). The fabricated composite films decorated with nanoparticles were investigated towards the electrochemical oxidation of ethylene glycol (EG). The presence of carbon nanotubes in conjugation with a conducting polymer produces a good catalytic effect, which might be due to the higher electrochemically accessible surface areas, electronic conductivity and easier charge-transfer at polymer/electrolyte interfaces, which allows higher dispersion of Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles. Such nanoparticle modified PTh-CNT electrodes exhibit better catalytic behavior towards ethylene glycol oxidation. Results show that Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT modified electrodes show enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability towards the electro-oxidation of ethylene glycol than the Pt/PTh electrodes, which shows that the composite film is more promising for applications in fuel cells.

  4. A density-functional theory study of electrochemical adsorption of sulfuric acid anions on Pt(111).

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    Santana, Juan A; Cabrera, Carlos R; Ishikawa, Yasuyuki

    2010-08-28

    A density-functional theory study of the electrochemical adsorption of sulfuric acid anions was conducted at the Pt(111)/electrolyte interface over a wide range of electrode potential, including the anomalous region of the hydrogen voltammogram of this electrode. We focus on the precise nature of the binding species and their bonding to the surface, identifying the adsorbed species as a function of electrode potential. In particular, the origin of anomalous or so-called "butterfly" feature in this voltammogram between +0.30 and +0.50 V vs. the reference hydrogen electrode and the nature of the adsorbed species on the Pt(111) surface in this potential range were explicated.

  5. Electrochemical characters and structure changes of electrochemically treated Pt nanoparticles

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    Yuan, Huiping; Qiu, Xinping; Chen, Liquan [Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Lab of Advanced Power Sources, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Song, Huanqiao; Zhu, Wentao [Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2010-01-15

    In this paper, the surface and electrochemical characters of the Pt/CNT electrode before and after voltammetric cyclings were studied using high resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging (HRTEM), X-ray photon electron spectroscopy (XPS) and cyclic voltammetry measurements of CO and methanol oxidation. It was found that Pt nanoparticles were not stable and formed the linked and agglomerated structures. The changes of the crystallites led to the peak multiplicity, the negative shift of CO oxidation peaks, and the increase of the current density of methanol oxidation. We considered the specific activities were due to the increases of oxygen species and defect sites on Pt. (author)

  6. Preparation of the Pt-HxWO3 Electrode and Electro-Catalysis for Hydrogen Oxidation%铂-氢钨青铜电极的制备及对氢氧化的电催化

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    赵文文; 杨勇; 张华

    2012-01-01

    采用电化学还原法在表面改性的碳布上,通过改变催化剂沉积顺序及氢钨青铜沉积时间制备铂-氢钨青铜复合催化剂,所得电极作为质子交换膜燃料电池(PEMFC)阳极.利用X射线衍射(XRD)、热重分析(TG)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、循环伏安(CV)及单电池极化性能测试研究了催化剂的组成、沉积量、分散性及其对氢氧化的电催化活性.实验结果表明,氢钨青铜沉积时间及催化剂沉积顺序对电极催化性能有显著影响,当氢钨青铜沉积时间为10 min,先沉积氢钨青铜、后沉积铂所得Pt/HxWO3电极对氢氧化具有最佳的催化活性.适量的氢钨青铜才能与铂形成较好的协同催化效应.%Anodes of proton exchange membrane fuel cell with platinum-hydrogen tungsten bronze (HxWO3) as composite catalysts were prepared by electrochemical reduction on the modified surface of carbon cloth. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, TG, SEM, CV and the single-cell polarization tests. The results showed that the order of electrochemical reduction and the deposition time of hydrogen tungsten bronze had major impacts on catalytic properties. When the deposition time of hydrogen tungsten bronze was 10min, the composite catalyst of Pt/HxWO3 exhibited the highest catalytic activity for hydrogen oxidation. A suitable amount of hydrogen tungsten bronze may exhibite better synergistic catalytic effect.

  7. Space and power efficient hybrid counters array

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    Gara, Alan G.; Salapura, Valentina

    2009-05-12

    A hybrid counter array device for counting events. The hybrid counter array includes a first counter portion comprising N counter devices, each counter device for receiving signals representing occurrences of events from an event source and providing a first count value corresponding to a lower order bits of the hybrid counter array. The hybrid counter array includes a second counter portion comprising a memory array device having N addressable memory locations in correspondence with the N counter devices, each addressable memory location for storing a second count value representing higher order bits of the hybrid counter array. A control device monitors each of the N counter devices of the first counter portion and initiates updating a value of a corresponding second count value stored at the corresponding addressable memory location in the second counter portion. Thus, a combination of the first and second count values provide an instantaneous measure of number of events received.

  8. Effect of the state of distribution of supported Pt nanoparticles on effective Pt utilization in polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

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    Uchida, Makoto; Park, Young-Chul; Kakinuma, Katsuyoshi; Yano, Hiroshi; Tryk, Donald A; Kamino, Takeo; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Masahiro

    2013-07-21

    In polymer electrolyte fuel cells, it is essential to minimize Pt loading, particularly at the cathode, without serious loss of performance. From this point of view, we will report an advanced concept for the design of high performance catalysts and membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs): first, the evaluation of Pt particle distributions on both the interior and exterior walls of various types of carbon black (CB) particles used as supports with respect to the "effective surface (ES)"; second, control of both size and location of Pt particles by means of a new preparation method (nanocapsule method); and finally, a new evaluation method for the properties of MEAs based on the Pt utilization (UPt), mass activity (MA), and effectiveness of Pt (EfPt), based on the ES concept. The amounts of Pt catalyst particles located in the CB nanopores were directly evaluated using the transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and corresponding three-dimensional images. By use of the nanocapsule method and optimization of the ionomer, increased MA and EfPt values for the MEA were achieved. The improvement in the cathode performance can be attributed to the sharp particle-size distribution for Pt and the highly uniform dispersion on the exterior surface of graphitized carbon black (GCB) supports.

  9. Oxygen reduction activity of Pt and Pt Co-alloy catalysts: A comparison between kinetic measurements and polymer electrolyte fuel cell experiments

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    Paulus, U.A.; Draschil, C.; Schmidt, T.J. [PSI and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (United States); Stamenkovic, V. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (United States); Markovic, N.M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (United States); Ross, P.N. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (United States); Scherer, G.G.

    2002-03-01

    The oxygen reduction reaction (orr) has been studied on various carbon supported Pt Co alloys in comparison to carbon supported platinum in perchloric acid. The applied thin film rotating ring-disk electrode (rrde) technique allows both the investigation of the orr and their kinetic analysis and in parallel the detection and quantification of the amount of peroxide produced during the orr. Polymer Electrolyte Fuel cell (PEFC) experiments using commercially available gas diffusion electrodes (gdes) with Pt/C and Pt Co/C respectively as active layers were carried out to investigate the above characterized catalysts under real PEFC conditions. (author)

  10. Counter-Learning under Oppression

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    Kucukaydin, Ilhan

    2010-01-01

    This qualitative study utilized the method of narrative analysis to explore the counter-learning process of an oppressed Kurdish woman from Turkey. Critical constructivism was utilized to analyze counter-learning; Frankfurt School-based Marcusian critical theory was used to analyze the sociopolitical context and its impact on the oppressed. Key…

  11. Microstrip proportional counter development at MSFC

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    Fulton, M. A.; Kolodziejczak, J. J.; Ramsey, B. D.

    1992-01-01

    Microstrip detectors are an exciting new development in proportional counter design fabricated using integrated circuit-type photolithography techniques; they therefore offer very high spatial accuracy and uniformity. A development program is underway at NASA-Marshall to produce large-area microstrips for use in an X-ray detector balloon flight program and to investigate the general performance limits of these new devices. Microstrips tested so far have been fabricated both in-house using standard photolithographic techniques and by an outside contractor using electron beam technology. Various substrate materials have been tested along with different electrode configurations. The distributions of pickup on subdivided cathodes on both top and bottom surfaces of the microstrips are also being investigated for use as two-dimensional imaging detectors. Data from these tests in the development of a large-area device will be presented.

  12. Electrode porosity and effective electrocatalyst activity in electrode-membrane-assemblies (MEAs) of PEMFCs

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    Fischer, A.; Wendt, H. [Institut fuer Chemische Technologie, Darmstadt (Germany)

    1996-12-31

    New production technologies of membrane-electrode-assemblies for PEWCs which ensure almost complete catalyst utilization by {open_quotes}wetting{close_quotes} the internal catalyst surface with the ionomeric electrolyte, allow for a reduction of Pt-loadings from prior 4 mg cm{sup -2} to now less than 0.5 mg cm{sup -2}. Such electrodes are not thicker than from 5 to 10 {mu}m. Little has been published hitherto about the detailed micromorphology of such electrodes and the role of electrode porosity on electrode performance. It is well known, that the porosity of thicker fuel cell electrodes, e.g. of PAFC or AFC electrodes is decisive for their performance. Therefore the issue of this investigation is to measure and to modify the porosity of electrodes prepared by typical MEA production procedures and to investigate the influence of this porosity on the effective catalyst activity for cathodic reduction of oxygen from air in membrane cells. It may be anticipated that any mass transfer hindrance of gaseous reactants into porous electrodes would manifest itself rather in the conversion of dilute gases than in the conversion of pure gases (e.g. neat oxygen). Therefore in this investigation the performance of membrane cell cathodes with non pressurized air had been compared to that with neat oxygen at cathodes which had a relatively low Pt-loading of 0.15 mg cm{sup -2}.

  13. Screening of electrocatalysts for direct ammonia fuel cell: Ammonia oxidation on PtMe (Me: Ir, Rh, Pd, Ru) and preferentially oriented Pt(1 0 0) nanoparticles

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    Vidal-Iglesias, F.J.; Solla-Gullon, J.; Montiel, V.; Feliu, J.M.; Aldaz, A. [Instituto de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, 03080 Alicante (Spain)

    2007-09-27

    Ammonia has attracted attention as a possible fuel for direct fuel cells since it is easy to handle and to transport as liquid or as concentrated aqueous solution. However, on noble metal electrodes ammonia oxidation is a sluggish reaction and the electrocatalyst needs to be improved for developing efficient ammonia fuel cells. In this work, ammonia electrooxidation reaction on 3-4-nm bimetallic PtMe (Ir, Rh, Pd, Ru) and on preferentially oriented Pt(1 0 0) nanoparticles is reported. PtMe nanoparticles have been prepared by using water-in-oil microemulsions to obtain a narrow size distribution whereas preferentially oriented Pt nanoparticles have been prepared through colloidal routes. Among all the bimetallic samples tested, only Pt{sub 75}Ir{sub 25} and Pt{sub 75}Rh{sub 25} nanoparticles show, at the low potential range, an enhancement of the oxidation density current with respect to the behaviour found for pure platinum nanoparticles prepared by the same method. In addition, two Pt(1 0 0) preferentially oriented nanoparticles of different particle size (4 and 9 nm) have been also studied. These oriented nanoparticles show higher current densities than polycrystalline Pt nanoparticles due to the sensitivity of ammonia oxidation toward the presence of surface sites with square symmetry. The reactivity of the different 4-nm nanoparticles parallels well with that expected from bulk PtMe alloys and Pt single crystal electrodes. (author)

  14. Room-temperature stability of Pt nanogaps formed by self-breaking

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    Prins, F.; Hayashi, T.; De Vos van Steenwijk, B.J.A.; Gao, B.; Osorio, E.A.; Muraki, K.; Van der Zant, H.S.J.

    2009-01-01

    We present a method to make Pt nanometer-spaced electrodes that are free of metallic particles and stable at ambient conditions. The nanogaps are fabricated using feedback-controlled electromigration to form few-atom contacts. When performing this procedure at elevated temperatures (>420 K), the Pt

  15. Electrochemical reduction of O2 and NO on Ni, Pt and Au

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    Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2008-01-01

    The electrochemical reduction of oxygen and nitric oxide was studied using cyclic voltammetry on point electrodes of Ni, Pt and Au in the temperature range 400-600 degrees C. All the materials were more active towards the reduction of oxygen than towards the reduction of nitric oxide, except Pt...

  16. Fuel cell electrocatalsis : oxygen reduction on Pt-based nanoparticle catalysts

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    Vliet, Dennis Franciscus van der

    2010-01-01

    The thesis contains a discussion on the subject of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) on Pt-alloy nanoparticle catalysts in the Rotating Disk Electrode (RDE) method. An insight in some of the difficulties of this method is given with proper solutions and compensations for these problems. Pt3Co, Au-

  17. Electrochemical properties of boron-doped ordered mesoporous carbon as electrocatalyst and Pt catalyst support.

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    Nsabimana, Anaclet; Bo, Xiangjie; Zhang, Yufan; Li, Mian; Han, Ce; Guo, Liping

    2014-08-15

    The electrochemical properties of boron-doped ordered mesoporous carbon (BOMC) as an electrode material and Pt catalyst support were investigated. The BOMC was synthesized and its structure was examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). More defective sites were introduced into OMC by the doping of boron. Six electroactive compounds were employed to investigate their electrochemical responses on BOMC and OMC modified glassy carbon electrodes. The BOMC, with more defective sites, exhibited high activity toward the electroactive compounds. The property of BOMC of supporting platinum nanoparticle catalyst was examined. Pt nanoparticles were loaded onto BOMC and OMC, and this was confirmed by TEM, XPS and thermogravimetric analysis. Pt nanoparticles with an average diameter of 2.62 nm were deposited on BOMC. The doping of boron into OMC facilitates the dispersion of Pt nanoparticles. Pt nanoparticles supported on BOMC (Pt-BOMC) and Pt nanoparticles supported on OMC (Pt-OMC) were electrochemically characterized. The electrocatalytic activity of Pt-BOMC toward methanol oxidation reaction was compared with that of Pt-OMC and commercial Pt-C catalyst. The results show that the electrocatalytic activity of BOMC is significantly higher than that of other used catalysts. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Role of perfluorosulfonic ionomer as protective agent against strong adsorption of (bi)sulfate anions. Relevance in the determination of the area of Pt/C electrocatalysts

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    Garcia-Rodriguez, S.; Rojas, S.; Pena, M.A.; Fierro, J.L.G. [Grupo de Quimica y Energia Sostenibles, Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC C/Marie Curie 2, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Vellosillo, M.; Ocon, P. [Departamento de Quimica-Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-10-15

    This work aims to shed light on the wide dispersion of the values of the area of Pt/C electrodes reported when evaluated by means of the thin-film electrode approach. The effect of the Perfluorosulfonic Ionomer (PFSI) content of the electrodes and the nature of the electrolyte are discussed. The results disclose that the area of the Pt electrodes evaluated by electrochemical techniques is related to the actual PFSI content on the electrode and to the nature of the electrolyte. Using HClO{sub 4} as electrolyte, electrode area values are independent of the PFSI content. On the contrary, if experiments are recorded in H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, the electrode area value increases with the increasing PFSI content, irrespectively of the Pt loading. Such effect is ascribed to the interaction of the sulfonic groups from the PFSI with the surface of the Pt nanoparticles, avoiding the strong adsorption of the bisulfate anions. (author)

  19. High pressure organic colloid method for the preparation of high performance carbon nanotube-supported Pt and PtRu catalysts for fuel cell applications

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    WANG; KateNing; Viola; BIRSS

    2010-01-01

    Highly dispersed,high performance Pt and PtRu catalysts,supported on multiwalled carbon nanotubes(CNTs),were prepared by a high pressure organic colloid method.The particle sizes of the active components were as small as 1.2 nm for Pt and 1.1 nm for PtRu,and the active Pt surface areas were 295 and 395 m2/g,respectively.The catalysts showed very high activities toward the anodic oxidation of methanol,evaluated by cyclic voltammetry,being up to 4 times higher than that of commercial Johnson Matthey Hispec 2000 Pt/XC-72R and 5 times better than Hispec 5000 PtRu/XC-72R catalysts.In a full air/hydrogen fuel cell,a membrane-electrode assembly prepared using our Pt/CNT and PtRu/CNT catalysts showed 50% and 100% higher performances than those prepared with commercial Johnson Matthey Pt/XC-72R and PtRu/XC-72R catalysts for the same Pt loading and operating conditions.

  20. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance study on Au-supported Pt adlayers for electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol in alkaline solution

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    2010-01-01

    Underpotential deposition(UPD) of Cu on an Au electrode followed by redox replacement reaction(RRR) of CuUPD with a Pt source(H2PtCl6 or K2PtCl4) yielded Au-supported Pt adlayers(for short,Pt(CuUPD-Pt4+)n/Au for H2PtCl6,or Pt(CuUPD-Pt2+)n/Au for K2PtCl4,where n denotes the number of UPD-redox replacement cycles).The electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance(EQCM) technique was used for the first time to quantitatively study the fabricated electrodes and estimate their mass-normalized specific electrocatalytic activity(SECA) for methanol oxidation in alkaline solution.In comparison with Pt(CuUPD-Pt2+)n/Au,Pt(CuUPD-Pt4+)n/Au exhibited a higher electrocatalytic activity,and the maximum SECA was obtained to be as high as 35.7 mA ?g?1 at Pt(CuUPD-Pt4+)3/Au.The layer-by-layer architecture of Pt atoms on Au is briefly discussed based on the EQCM-revealed redox replacement efficiency,and the calculated distribution percentages of bare Au sites agree with the experimental results deduced from the charge under the AuOx-reduction peaks.The EQCM is highly recommended as an efficient technique to quantitatively examine various electrode-supported catalyst adlayers,and the highly efficient catalyst adlayers of noble metals are promising in electrocatalysis relevant to biological,energy and environmental sciences and technologies.

  1. Electrochemical surface plasmon resonance sensor based on two-electrode configuration

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    Zhang, Bing; Li, Yazhuo; Dong, Wei; Wen, Yizhang; Pang, Kai; Zhan, Shuyue; Wang, Xiaoping

    2016-10-01

    To obtain detailed information about electrochemistry reactions, a two-electrode electrochemical surface plasmon resonance (EC-SPR) sensor has been proposed. We describe the theory of potential modulation for this novel sensor and determine the factors that can change the SPR resonance angle. The reference electrode in three-electrode configuration was eliminated, and comparing with several other electrode materials, activated carbon (AC) is employed as the suitable counter electrode for its potential stability. Just like three-electrode configuration, the simpler AC two-electrode system can also obtain detailed information about the electrochemical reactions.

  2. On the activation energy of the formic acid oxidation reaction on platinum electrodes

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    Perales-Rondón, Juan V.; Herrero, Enrique; Feliu, Juan M

    2015-01-01

    A temperature dependent study on the formic acid oxidation reaction has been carried out in order to determine the activation energy of this reaction on different platinum single crystal electrodes, namely Pt(1 0 0), Pt(1 1 1), Pt(5 5 4) and Pt(5 4 4) surfaces. The chronoamperometric transients obtained with pulsed voltammetry have been analyzed to determine the current densities through the active intermediate and the CO formation rate. From the temperature de