Transparent and conductive carbon-based materials are promising for window electrodes in solid-state optoelectronic devices. However, the catalytic activity to redox reaction limits their application as a working electrode in a liquid-type dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). In this letter, we propose and demonstrate a transparent carbon nanotubes (CNTs) film as the working electrode in a DSSC containing iodide/triiodide redox couples. This implementation is realized by inhibiting the charge-transfer kinetics at CNT/redox solution interface with an aid of thin titanium oxide film that facilitates the unidirectional flow of electrons in the cell without sacrificing the electrical and optical properties of CNT.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)