Diatom frustules as light traps enhance DSSC efficiency

Jeremiah Toster, K Iyer, Wanchun Xiang, Federico Rosei, Leone Spiccia, Colin Raston

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    Diatoms are one of the most successful photosynthetic organisms and given the important role that their shells (frustules) play in light trapping we explored their use in multilayered materials for application as photoanodes in dye sensitised solar cells (DSSCs). We find a substantial improvement in energy conversion efficiency of 30%, increasing from 3.5% to 4.6% with diatom incorporation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)873-876
    Number of pages4
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2013


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