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A review on applications of Cu2ZnSnS4 as alternative counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

Roy, Anurag; Sujatha Devi, Parukuttaymma; Karazhanov, Smagul; Mamedov, D.; Mallick, Tapas Kumar; Sundaram, Senthilarasu


Anurag Roy

Parukuttaymma Sujatha Devi

Smagul Karazhanov

D. Mamedov

Tapas Kumar Mallick


A contribution of counter electrode (CE) emphasis a great impact towards enhancement of a dye-sensitized solar cell's (DSSC) performance and Pt based CE sets a significant benchmark in this field. Owing to cost effective noble metal, less abundance and industrial large scale application purpose, an effective replacement for Pt is highly demanded. There are several approaches to improve the performance of a CE for enhancing the power conversion efficiency with a less costly and facile device. To address this issue, reasonable efforts execute to find out suitable replacement of Pt is becoming a challenge by keeping the same electrochemical properties of Pt in a cheaper and eco-friendlier manner. With this, cheaper element based quaternary chalcogenide, Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) becomes a prominent alternative to Pt and used as a successful CE in DSSC also. This review presents brief discussion about the basic properties of CZTS including its synthesis strategy, physicochemical properties and morphology execution and ultimate application as an alternative Pt free CE for a low cost based enhanced DSSC device. It is therefore, imperative for engineering of CZTS material and optimization of the fabrication method for the improvement of DSSC performance.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 2, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 24, 2018
Publication Date 2018-07
Deposit Date Mar 13, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 15, 2023
Publisher AIP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 7
Article Number 070701


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