The joint effect of doping with tin(IV) and heat treatment on the transparency and conductivity of films based on titanium dioxide as photoelectrodes of sensitized solar cells

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Olga Khalipova, Yu Wen Chen, Vladimir Kozik

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Abstract

This study focuses on the preparation of transparent conducting TiO2 films with the addition of Sn(IV) by sol-gel method from film-forming solutions based on n-C4H9OH–(C4H9O)4Ti–SnCl4·5H2O at the temperature of 300–400C. Such films attract great attention because they can be used in flexible transparent photoanodes for the preparation of high effective sensitized solar cells. The morphology, phase composition, and optical properties of films were studied by X-ray diffraction, X-ray spectral microanalysis, scanning electron microscopy, spectrophotometry, and ellipsometry. The content of Sn(IV) influences the composition of films. The solid solution based on titanium dioxide with anatase structure is formed at a content of 5 mol.% Sn(IV); the films with a content of 10–30 mol.% Sn(IV) are the mixture of the TiO2: Sn solid solution and SnO2 with rutile structure. Regardless of the tin content, all films contain an amorphous TiO2·nH2O phase. The formation of oxide phases occurs through the stages of thermal destruction of Sn(OH)3Cl, tin acid, and burnout of butoxy groups of butoxytitanium(IV). The as-synthesized oxide films are uniform and continuity regardless of the tin content. An increase in the content of Sn(IV) in the composition of the films leads to an increase in their thickness from 48 to 105 nm and a decrease in the refractive index from 1.89 to 1.66. The minimum resistance value is characteristic for films that are the solid solution with an anatase structure and with an admixture of the amorphous phase of titanic acid. The surface resistance of the glass decreases by 108 times after deposition of the film based on TiO2 with 5 mol.% Sn(IV). Films based on TiO2 with 5 mol.% Sn(IV) are characterized by a higher transparency coefficient in the entire visible range of the spectrum (80–70%) and can be used in photoelectrode in dye-sensitized solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-205
Number of pages13
JournalNanosystems: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • film-forming solution
  • oxide composite film
  • sol-gel method
  • tin oxide
  • titanium oxide

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