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Photoelectrochemical Cells

Product Code C2017F1
Price $728.00 ex. VAT

Glass and PTFE Photoelectrochemical Cells (PECs)

Electrochemical cells for two or three electrode photoelectric effect studies

Our two or three electrode photoelectrochemical cells, designed for photoelectric effect studies, are available with either a glass or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) body. Both types can employ either a two or three-electrode system using a working electrode, a counter electrode and, optionally, a reference electrode.

The PFFE photoelectrochemical cell features an optical window to collect light onto the working electrode.

Photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) are solar cells based on a semiconductor–electrolyte interface. The working electrode, also referred to as photoanode, is normally an n- or p-type semiconductor, i.e. a polymer semiconductor on an ITO/FTO substrate, held by a platinum sheet working electrode holder. In photoelectrochemical cells, the counter electrode can be platinum or platinum free, i.e. multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT).

Glass and PTFE photoelectrochemical cells, photoelectrochemical cells with water bath and H-shaped photoelectrochemical cell with single optical window are available.



With water bath


From £300.00

Photoelectrochemical cell PTFE

From £400.00

Photoelectrochemical cell with water bath

From £450.00

H-type photoelectrochemical cell

From £560.00

Ossila Potentiostat for Cyclic Voltammetry

Perform cyclic voltammetry with the Ossila Potentiostat

  • Low price at just £1600.00
  • Includes electrodes and electrochemical cell
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What is a Photoelectrochemical Cell?

A photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) is a type of device that utilises a light source onto a semiconductor or photosensitizer to produce electrical energy (similar to a dye-sensitized solar cell) or to trigger chemical reactions to store energy in the form of chemical bonds, i.e. the production of the hydrogen by the splitting of water.

Photoelectrochemical cells are made up of an electrolyte and either two or three electrodes with an anode, a cathode and/or a reference electrode.

How does a PEC work?

The critical component of the photoelectrochemical cell is the semiconductor, or rather the photosensitizer, on the working electrode. Electron-hole pairs are generated on the working electrode by the irradiation of the photons with an energy level that is equal or greater than the bandgap (Eg) of the semiconductor. When light illuminates the photoanode, electrons on the valence band (VB) get excited to the conduction band (CB), and leave a hole behind.

The photogenerated electrons are swept toward the conducting back contact, and are transported to the metal counter-electrode via an external wire. The electrical energy produced and stored in this process is similar to the a photovoltaic dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC).

Both these excited electrons and the holes left behind in the photoelectrodes will be involved in some form chemical reactions, i.e. water splitting. At the counter electrode, the electrons reduce protons (H+) to form hydrogen (H2) while the photogenerated holes at the photoanode oxidise water (or OH-) to form oxygen (O2).


Photoelectrochemical cells are light or solar energy driven and they offer a promising potential applications in clean energy captivation, energy production and storage and light-emitting devices.

  • Water splitting for hydrogen production
  • To reduce CO2
  • Photoelectrochemical dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)
  • Photoelectrochemical perovskite solar cells (DSSCs)
Find out more about cyclic voltammetry


Glass Photoelectrochemical Cells (PECs)


PTFE Photoelectrochemical Cells (PECs)

Glass Photoelectrochemical Cells sealed with water bath

(1) gas inlet/outlet, (2) reference electrode feedthrough, (3) counter electrode feedthrough, (4) water bath inlet/outlet, (5) working electrode feedthrough, (6) optical window

Glass H-Shape Replaceable membrane sealed photoelectrochemical Cells with single optical window

(1, 5) gas inlet/outlet, (2) sampling window, (3) membrane, (4) counter electrode feedthrough, (6) reference electrode feedthrough, (7) working electrode feedthrough, (8) optical window

*All dimensions are in millimeters.

Pricing and Options

Product Name Product Code Price
Photoelectrochemical Cells - glass - 50 ml C2017A1 £300.00
Photoelectrochemical Cells - glass - 100 ml C2017B1 £350.00
Photoelectrochemical Cells - PTFE - 50 ml C2017C1 £400.00
Photoelectrochemical Cells - PTFE - 100 ml C2017D1 £450.00
Photoelectrochemical Cells sealed with water bath - glass - 100 ml C2017E1 £450.00
H-Shape Replaceable membrane sealed photoelectrochemical Cells with single optical window - glass - 100 ml C2017F1 £560.00

To the best of our knowledge the information provided here is accurate. However, Ossila assume no liability for the accuracy of this page. The values provided are typical at the time of manufacture and may vary over time and from batch to batch. All products are for laboratory and research and development use only, and may not be used for any other purpose including health care, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food or commercial applications.

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