Photoelectrochemical cell using dye sensitized zinc oxide nanowires grown on carbon fibers

Unalan H. E. , Di Wei D. W. , Suzuki K., Dalal S., Hiralal P., Matsumoto H., ...More

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, vol.93, no.13, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 93 Issue: 13
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.2978957
  • Title of Journal : APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS


Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) grown on carbon fibers using a vapor transport and condensation approach are used as the cathode of a photoelectrochemical cell. The carbon fibers were obtained by electrospray deposition and take the form of a flexible carbon fabric. The ZnO NW on carbon fiber anode is combined with a "black dye" photoabsorber, an electrolyte, and a platinum (Pt) counterelectrode to complete the cell. The results show that ZnO NW and carbon fibers can be used for photoinduced charge separation/charge transport and current collection, respectively, in a photoelectrochemical cell. (C) 2008 American Institute of Physics.