A simple combustion synthesis of ZnO/TiO2 core-shell nanowires as a photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells

Hui Song, Huisu Jeong, Soong Ho Um, Heon Lee, Gun Young Jung

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Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) have been used as a photoanode material for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The ZnO NWs were grown easily on various substrates with a high electron mobility. But, it is vulnerable to acidic dye solution during the dye adsorption process. Here, we describe a new method to fabricate ZnO/tin oxide (TiO2) core-shell nanowires that benefit from the chemical stability of TiO2 in the acidic environment. TiO2-covered ZnO NWs were prepared by simple droplet coating and subsequent combustion, preventing direct contact between the ZnO NWs and the dye solution. A DSSC with a ZnO/TiO2 core-shell NWs photoanode had a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.42%, enhanced by 96.8% relative to a DSSC with a photoanode of bare ZnO NWs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2517-2521
Number of pages5
JournalScience of Advanced Materials
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • Tin oxide
  • Zinc oxide nanowire
  • ZnO/TiO core-shell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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