A photovoltachromic window can potentially act as a smart glass skin which generates electric energy as a common dye-sensitized solar cell and, at the same time, control the incoming energy flux by reacting to even small modifications in the solar radiation intensity. We report here the successful implementation of a novel architecture of a photovoltachromic cell based on an engineered bifunctional counter electrode consisting of two physically separated platinum and tungsten oxide regions, which are arranged to form complementary comb-like patterns. Solar light is partially harvested by a dye-sensitized photoelectrode made on the front glass of the cell which fully overlaps a bifunctional counter electrode made on the back glass. When the cell is illuminated, the photovoltage drives electrons into the electrochromic stripes through the photoelectrochromic circuit and promotes the Li+ diffusion towards the WO3 film, which thus turns into its colored state: a photocoloration efficiency of 17 cm2 min-1 W-1 at a wavelength of 650 nm under 1.0 sun was reported along with fast response (coloration time <2 s and bleaching time <5 s). A fairly efficient photovoltaic functionality was also retained due to the copresence of the independently switchable micropatterned platinum electrode. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
|Autori interni:||SURANNA, Gian Paolo|
|Titolo:||Photovoltachromic device with a micro-patterned bi-functional counter electrode|
|Rivista:||ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/am404800m|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|