Author:
Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI)
Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
High School
Tags:
  • Dye Synsetized Solar Cell
  • Nanotechnology
  • License:
    Public Domain Dedication
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Text/HTML

    Education Standards

    Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

    Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

    Overview

    This is a solar cell lab that works well with the topic of photosynthesis in the biology classroom and introduces the concept of nanotechnology.  

    Indiana Biology Standard

    B.2.1:  Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. 

    Learning Objectives

    • Students can explain process of phosynthesis in terms of Proteins and Macromolecules as well as in terms of electron flow analogous to a battery or solar cell. 

    • Students learn that energy can be found in unexpected places, in everyday objects, however, it requires sophisticated engineering to make it useable. 

    Materials

    1. Multimeter

    2. Indium Tinoxide (ITO) Coated Glass Slides X2

    3. Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Nanoparticles Paste

    4. Blackberry Juice

    5. Raspberry Juice

    6. Iodide Solution

    7. Graphite Pencil

    8. Binder Clips X 2

    9. Alligator Clips X 2

    10. Glass Rod

    11. Scissors

    12. Tapes

    Procedure

     

    Teacher Demonstrates appropriate assembly 

    Protocol/Presentation for Dye-Sensitized Kits

    See Attached Lab Protocol

     

    Worksheet time - Reflections on how dye-sensitized solar cell tells us something about photosynthesis and vice versa. 

    Credits

    This learning module was created by Erik P, a participant in Indiana University-Purdue University’s NSF-Funded “Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NEST)” Program (Award # 1513112).