We report the improvement of the operational stability of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by incorporating multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in conventional nanostructured semiconducting TiO2 photoanodes. DSSCs were prepared by adding various concentrations of MWCNTs (up to 1.0% wt.) to TiO2 anatase nanoparticles. Optimization of MWCNT concentration leads to photoconversion efficiency as high as 4.1% as opposed to 3.7% for pure TiO2 photoanodes. The performance of the solar cells was measured for 10 consecutive days of continuous ambient light exposure. MWCNT addition results in the decrease of efficiency from 4.1% to 3.7%, while a decrease from 3.7% to 2.4% was recorded in pure TiO2 photoanodes. These results are encouraging toward the commercial exploitation of DSSCs. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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