Asphaltene Based Photovoltaic Devices (Continuation)

Asphaltene Based Photovoltaic Devices (Continuation)
Inventors: Russell Chianelli, Rajab Abujnah, Karina Castillo, Vipin Gupta, Ali Qudah, Brenda Torres
Patent No. 9,293,266

This patent uses heavy crudes directly as photovoltaic devices and uses components of heavy crudes to construct photovoltaic cells, recycling waste products from oil refining.

Photovoltaic devices and methods of making the same, are disclosed herein. The cell comprises a photovoltaic device that comprises a first electrically conductive layer comprising a photo-sensitized electrode; at least one photoelectrochemical layer comprising metal-oxide particles, an electrolyte solution comprising at least one asphaltene fraction, wherein the metal-oxide particles are optionally dispersed in a surfactant; and a second electrically conductive layer comprising a counter-electrode, wherein the second electrically conductive layer comprises one or more conductive elements comprising carbon, graphite, soot, carbon allotropes or any combinations thereof.

Issue Date: 03/22/2016
Application Date: 04/25/2014
Post Date: 03/02/2018

UTEP Docket No: 2009-016