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Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 11, pp. 2241-2258

Progress on the electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells

Jihuai Wu, Zhang Lan, Sanchun Hao, Pingjiang Li, Jianming Lin, Miaoliang Huang, Leqing Fang and Yunfang Huang

The Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Fujian Higher Education, Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021, China

Abstract: Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have aroused intense interest over the past decade owing to their low cost and simple preparation procedures. Much effort has been devoted to the study of electrolytes that enable light-to-electrical power conversion for DSSC applications. This review focuses on recent progress in the field of liquid, solid-state, and quasi-solid-state electrolytes for DSSCs. It is believed that quasi-solid-state electrolytes, especially those utilizing thermosetting gels, are particularly applicable for fabricating high photoelectric performance and long-term stability of DSSCs in practical applications.