Broadband Plasmonic Enhancement of High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Incorporating Au@Ag@SiO2 Core-Shell Nanocuboids

Zhiyong Bao, Nianqing Fu, Yongqiang Qin, Jun Lv, Yan Wang, Jijun He, Yidong Hou, Chenyi Jiao, Dongchu Chen, Yucheng Wu, Jiyan Dai

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The introduction of plasmonic additives is a promising approach to boost the efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) since they may improve the light harvesting of a solar cell. Herein, we design broadband and strong plasmonic absorption Au@Ag@SiO2 nanocuboids (GSS NCs) as nanophotonic inclusions to achieve plasmon-enhanced DSSCs. These multiple-resonance absorptions arising from GSS NCs can be readily adjusted by altering their structures to complementarily match the absorption spectra of the dyes, especially in weak absorption zones. By subtly regulating the position of nanophotonic inclusions in the photoanodes, not only the plasmonic near-field enhancement but also far-field light scattering could be adequately developed to promote the light harvest and thus the efficiency of DSSCs. The resulting solar cells yield an average efficiency of 10.34%, with a champion value of 10.58%. The electromagnetic simulations are consistent with the experimental observations, further corroborating the synergistic effect of plasmonic improvement in these DSSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-545
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2020


  • dye-sensitized solar cells
  • light management
  • light scattering
  • near-field effect
  • plasmon resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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