Unveiling the Potential of MnxCo3–xS4 Electrocatalyst in Triiodide Reduction for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells
Keywords:MnCo2S4, ternary sulfide, solvothermal synthesis, Pt-free counter electrodes, dye-sensitized solar cells
The development of a low-cost and high-efficiency Pt-free counter electrode is an important goal to improve the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells. In this study, we successfully synthesized a MnxCo3-xS4-based counter electrode by a facile solvothermal synthesis technique. The electrocatalyst was directly deposited on a fluorine doped titanium oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate. Various characterization techniques such as Xray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were employed to analyze the obtained MnxCo3-xS4 counter electrode material. The photovoltaic measurements performed on the dye-sensitized solar cells showed a remarkable improvement in energy conversion efficiency with the MnxCo3-xS4 counter electrode (8.60 %) compared to the conventional Pt (8.11 %). Moreover, the MnxCo3-xS4counter electrode exhibited excellent stability, further highlighting its potential as an efficient and durable alternative to Pt in dye-sensitized solar cells. Overall, our results contribute to the further development of Pt-free counter electrode materials for sustainable solar energy applications.