Experimental and numerical investigations of “fabrication of TiO2 compact layer by the spray pyrolysis deposition system for dye-sensitized solar cells”

Pernebayeva Damira*, Upadhyaya Hari, Prabhakara Bobbili

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Current research focuses on the fabrication of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) based on titanium dioxide (TiO2) compact layer deposited by the spray pyrolysis deposition (SPD) technique. TiO2 compact layers have been grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates by the experimental aerosol-assisted SPD setup. This setup is designed and constructed for the research under the following conditions: substrate temperature of 300 °C, 400 °C, and 500 °C; initial solution concentration of Ti (IV) isopropoxide and ethanol of 0.5 ml and 100 ml, respectively; carrier gas pressure of 0.1 bar; nozzle-to-substrate distance of 20–30 cm; and spraying time of 5–10 s. The characterization instruments such as HITACHI (S-2700) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), BRUKER (D500) X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and JENWAY 7310 UV-Vis spectrophotometer have been used to investigate the film properties. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) were assembled based on a bare FTO glass, FTO coated with TiO2 compact layer and with conventional TiCl4-treated film. The current density (JSC) and overall energy conversion efficiency of the device have been improved from 11.31 to 12.8 mA/cm2 and from 3.8% to 6.4%, respectively. However, the dye-sensitized solar cell based on TiCl4-treated film presented the best results with efficiency of 7.35% and current density of 13.08 mA/cm2.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExergy for A Better Environment and Improved Sustainability 2
Subtitle of host publicationApplications
EditorsFethi Aloui, Ibrahim Dincer
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319625751
ISBN (Print)9783319625744
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameGreen Energy and Technology
ISSN (Print)1865-3529
ISSN (Electronic)1865-3537


  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Spray pyrolysis deposition technique
  • TiO compact layer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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