Department of Chemistry
Unsymmetric platinum(II) bis(aryleneethynylene) complexes as photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells
Four new unsymmetric platinum(II) bis(aryleneethynylene) derivatives have been designed and synthesized, which showed good light-harvesting capabilities for application as photosensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The absorption, electrochemical, time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT), impedance spectroscopic, and photovoltaic properties of these platinum(II)-based sensitizers have been fully characterized. The optical and TD-DFT studies show that the incorporation of a strongly electron-donating group significantly enhances the absorption abilities of the complexes. The maximum absorption wavelength of these four organometallic dyes can be tuned by various structural modifications of the triphenylamine and/or thiophene electron donor, improving the light absorption range up to 650nm. The photovoltaic performance of these dyes as photosensitizers in mesoporous TiO 2 solar cells was investigated, and a power conversion efficiency as high as 1.57% was achieved, with an open-circuit voltage of 0.59 V, short-circuit current density of 3.63 mA cm -2, and fill factor of 0.73 under simulated AM 1.5G solar illumination. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
acetylide, dye-sensitized solar cells, photosensitizers, photovoltaics, platinum
Source Publication Title
Chemistry - An Asian Journal
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Dai, Feng-Rong, Yung-Chung Chen, Lai-Fan Lai, Wen-Jun Wu, Chao-Hua Cui, Gui-Ping Tan, Xing-Zhu Wang, Jiann-T'Suen Lin, He Tian, and Wai-Yeung Wong. "Unsymmetric platinum(II) bis(aryleneethynylene) complexes as photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells." Chemistry - An Asian Journal 7.6 (2012): 1426-1434.