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Facile Synthesis of CoNi Bimetallic Nanoparticle Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide as Efficient and Low-Cost Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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In this paper, CoNi bimetallic nanoparticle decorated reduced graphene oxide (CoNi-RGO) was synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. When applied this CoNi-RGO into counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), it shows smaller charge-transfer resistance and better electrocatalytic activity than that of pure reduced graphene oxide (RGO). At the optimized conditions, the energy conversion efficiency of DSSCs based on CoNi-RGO counter electrode was 3.79%, indicating a higher photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on CoNi-RGO counter electrode than that of DSSCs based on RGO counter electrode (1.37%), and comparable to the value of DSSCs based on Pt counter electrode as a reference (4.95%). Additionally, the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on CoNi-RGO counter electrode strongly depends on its composition. The molar ratio of Co/Ni and the weight ratio of CoNi/GO that used to prepare CoNi-RGO counter electrode are key factors to affect the performance of their cell devices. When both the molar ratio of Co/Ni and the weight ratio of CoNi/GO are 1:1, the CoNi-RGO counter electrode shows the best performance, indicating the potential of such bimetallic nanoparticle decorated RGO as low-cost and efficient counter electrode to replace noble metal Pt counter electrode for the practical application of DSSCs devices.
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Keywords: CoNi Bimetallic Decorated Reduced Graphene Oxide; Counter Electrode; Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC); Electrocatalytic Activity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: College of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Heilongjiang University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150022, P. R. China 2: MIIT Key Laboratory of Critical Materials Technology for New Energy Conversion and Storage, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, P. R. China

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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