Cr-Gd co-doped TiO2 Nanoribbons as Photoanode in Making Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
Nanoscience and Nanometrology
Volume 3, Issue 1, June 2017, Pages: 27-33
Received: Apr. 7, 2017; Accepted: Apr. 26, 2017; Published: May 27, 2017
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Ghazi M. Abed, Ministry of Science and Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
Abdulkareem M. A. Alsammarraie, Department of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Basim I. Al-Abdaly, Department of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
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Pure and (Cr3+-Gd3+) co-doped TiO2 nanoribbons (TiNRs) were synthesized by a hydrothermal method at 200°C with stirring at 400 rpm. The structures and morphology of the prepared product were characterized using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared, Raman spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy and Scanning electron microscope. The results showed that the Cr3+ and Gd3+ metals ions dopant were incorporated into interstitial position of the TiO2 lattice nanoribbons with diameter of (30-100) nm and length of few micrometers. The calculated optical band gap for undoped and co-doped of the TiNRs were 3.12 eV and 3.01, respectively. These modified properties of the TiNRs showed an important effect on the conversion efficiency of the assembled dye sensitized solar cells, where the efficiency of the undoped and co-doped TiNRs were 1.71 and 1.99, respectively.
Doped TiO2, DSSC, Nanoribbons
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Ghazi M. Abed, Abdulkareem M. A. Alsammarraie, Basim I. Al-Abdaly, Cr-Gd co-doped TiO2 Nanoribbons as Photoanode in Making Dye Sensitized Solar Cell, Nanoscience and Nanometrology. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2017, pp. 27-33. doi: 10.11648/j.nsnm.20170301.15
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