Department of Chemistry
New phenothiazine-based dyes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells: Positioning effect of a donor group on the cell performance
Two types of new phenothiazine-based dyes have been developed, in which Type 1 molecules are appended with a donor aryl group at the C(7) position and n-hexyl group at the N(10) of phenothiazine (PT1 and PT2), and Type 2 molecules are with the donor aryl group at the N(10) of phenothiazine (PT3 and PT4), together with a cyanoacrylate moiety at the C(3) position in both types of species. The structural features of a donor aryl group at the C(7) position of phenothiazine extends the π-conjugation of the chromophore, while the donor aryl group at N(10) significantly increases the steric hindrance of the dye due to its mutually perpendicular structural characteristics with either phenyl ring of bent phenothiazine. As a result, Type 1 dyes have better light harvesting properties in contact with TiO2 films, and give much better dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) performance than Type 2 dyes. The PT1-sensitized DSSC shows a high open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.829 V and lead to a final power conversion efficiency of 6.72% based on PT1. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Dye-sensitized solar cells, Metal-free, Organic dyes, Phenothiazine, Positioning effect
Source Publication Title
Journal of Power Sources
Hua, Yong, Shuai Chang, Hongda Wang, Dandan Huang, Jianzhang Zhao, Tao Chen, Wai-Yeung Wong, Wai-Kwok Wong, and Xunjin Zhu. "New phenothiazine-based dyes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells: Positioning effect of a donor group on the cell performance." Journal of Power Sources 243 (2013): 253-259.