Fullerene photoelectrochemical solar cells Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Abstract The photoelectrochemistry of single crystal C 60 and fullerene photoelectrochemical solar cells is studied. Illuminated and immersed, C 60 is shown to drive oxidation of several solution-phase redox couples. Utilization of a photoelectrochemical solid/liquid junction, rather than solid-state photovoltaic junction, improves the observed photocurrent. Utilization of a single crystal, rather than a polycrystalline film, of C 60 decreases dark current to the extent that light-driven charge transfer dominates. The spectral response and current-voltage behaviour in several electrolytes is studied. A low-power fullerene photoelectrochemical solar cell, utilizing a regenerative polyiodide and ferri/ferrocyanide redox couple, is demonstrated.

publication date

  • January 1, 1998