Nanocrystalline porous TiO2 electrode with ionic liquid impregnated solid polymer electrolyte for dye sensitized solar cells

J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2008 Oct;8(10):5271-4. doi: 10.1166/jnn.2008.1069.


This communication reports the detailed fabrication of electrodes and solid polymer electrolyte with ionic liquid (IL) as an electrolyte for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Thick porous TiO2 film has been obtained by spreading and sintering TiO2 colloidal paste using "doctor blade" and characterized by SEM, TEM and XRD. The polymer electrolyte was PEO:KI/I2 incorporated with 1-ethyl 3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate (EMImSCN) as IL. Dispersal of IL in the polymer electrolyte improved the ionic conductivity and cell efficiency.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Coloring Agents*
  • Electrodes*
  • Electrolytes / chemistry*
  • Ions
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Microscopy, Electron, Transmission
  • Nanotechnology*
  • Solar Energy*
  • Titanium / chemistry*
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Coloring Agents
  • Electrolytes
  • Ions
  • titanium dioxide
  • Titanium