A long-term stable Pt counter electrode modified by POM-based multilayer film for high conversion efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

Department of Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024, China.
Dalton Transactions (Impact Factor: 4.2). 01/2012; 41(8):2227-30. DOI: 10.1039/c2dt11897a
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A long-term stable Pt counter electrode modified by POM-based multilayer film has been fabricated by the electrochemical deposition method, which can markedly increase short-circuit photocurrent, open-circuit voltage and the conversion efficiency when used in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

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