High efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells based on ruthenium and metal-free dyes

Che Lung Lee, Wen Hsi Lee, Cheng Hsien Yang

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The influence of using different concentrations of triazoloisoquinoline based small molecule as coadsorbent to modify the monolayer of a TiO2 semiconductor on the performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell is studied. The co-adsorbent significantly enhances the open-circuit photovoltage (Voc), the short circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) the solar energy conversion efficiency (>η). The co-adsorbent 4L is applied successfully to prepare an insulating molecular layer with N719 and achieve high energy conversion efficiency as high as 8.83% at 100 mW cm-2 and AM 1.5 at 1 to 0.25 (N719: co-adsorbent) molar ratio. The resulting efficiency is about 6% higher than that of a nonadditive device. The result shows that the organic small molecule 4L (2-cyano-3-(5-(4-(3-oxo-[1,2,4]triazolo[3,4-a]isoquinoline-2(3H)-yl) phenyl)thiophene-2-yl)acrylic acid) is the promising candidates for improvement of the performance of dye-sensitized solar cell.

Original languageEnglish
Article number250397
JournalInternational Journal of Photoenergy
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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