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Robust, metallic Pd17Se15 and Pd7Se4 phases from a single source precursor and their use as counter electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells

Kukunuri, Suresh and Karthick, SN and Sampath, S (2015) Robust, metallic Pd17Se15 and Pd7Se4 phases from a single source precursor and their use as counter electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells. In: JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 3 (33). pp. 17144-17153.

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Abstract

Thin films of conducting palladium selenide phases (Pd17Se15 and Pd7Se4) are prepared using a single source molecular precursor by thermolysis. Varying the mole ratios of palladium and selenium precursors results in palladium organo-selenolate complexes which on thermolysis at different temperatures yield Pd17Se15 and Pd7Se4 phases that are very stable and adherent to the substrate. The organo-selenolate complexes are characterized using small angle XRD, Se-77 NMR and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The palladium selenide films are characterized by various techniques such as XRD, XPS, TEM and SEM. Electrical conductivities of the films are determined using the four probe method. The strong adherence of the films to glass substrates coupled with high corrosion resistant behavior towards strong acid and alkaline environments render them to be very effective as electrocatalysts. The catalytic activity towards the I-3(-)/I- redox couple, which is an important reaction in the regeneration of the dye in a dye-sensitized solar cell, is studied. Between the two phases, the Pd17Se15 film shows superior activity as the counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cells with a photocurrent conversion efficiency of 7.45%.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2015 05:15
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015 05:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52341

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