Fabrication of nanostructured NiO thick films by facile printing method and their dye-sensitized solar cell performance

Koji Sakurai, Shinobu Fujihara

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Nanostructured NiO thick films were fabricated for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as photocathodes. Pastes were prepared by using nanocrystalline NiO powders, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and water. The pastes were then printed on FTO glass substrates by a facile doctor-blade printing method. The NiO films were obtained by heating at 500°C for 30 min in flowing oxygen. It was shown that the nanostructure of the resultant films was largely dependent on the amount of PEG in the pastes. Coumarin 343 (C343) dye was employed for sensitizing p-type NiO photocathodes. DSCs using our NiO/C343 photocathodes yielded a photocurrent density of 1.26 mA cm-2, an open-circuit photovoltage of 88 mV, a fill factor of 0.33, and a solar energy conversion efficiency of 0.037 %.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKey Engineering Materials
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event9th Electronics Division Meeting of the Ceramic Society of Japan - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2009 Oct 232009 Oct 24

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
ISSN (Print)10139826


Other9th Electronics Division Meeting of the Ceramic Society of Japan



  • Doctor-blade method
  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • NiO
  • p-type semiconductor
  • Thick films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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