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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2013, Article ID 436831, 6 pages
Research Article

Photovoltaic Performance of ZnO Nanorod and ZnO : CdO Nanocomposite Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs)

Ege University, Solar Energy Institute, Bornova, 35100 Izmir, Turkey

Received 20 May 2013; Revised 8 August 2013; Accepted 4 September 2013

Academic Editor: Giuseppe Calogero

Copyright © 2013 Sule Erten-Ela. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Triphenylene diamine sensitizer comprising donor, electron conducting, and anchoring group is synthesized for a potential application in dye-sensitized solar cells. Absorption spectrum, electrochemical and photovoltaic properties of triphenylene diamine have been investigated. Two different electrodes are used for dye-sensitized solar cells. The performances of ZnO nanorod electrodes are compared to ZnO : CdO nanocomposite electrode. Also, the theoretical calculations for HOMO and LUMO orbitals are used to estimate the photovoltaic properties of organic sensitizer in the design stage. ZnO : CdO nanocomposite electrode-based dye-sensitized solar cell sensitized with organic sensitizer exhibits higher efficiencies than ZnO nanorod electrode. For a typical device, a solar energy conversion efficiency () of 0.80 based on ZnO : CdO nanocomposite is achieved under simulated AM 1.5 solar irradiation (100 mW cm−2) with a short circuit photocurrent density () of 3.10 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage () of 480 mV, and a fill factor (FF) of 0.57. These results suggest that the ZnO : CdO nanocomposite system is a good selection and a promising candidate for electrode system in dye-sensitized solar cells.