Push-pull porphyrins for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

Chen Yu Yeh, Ching Yao Lin, Wei-Guang Diau

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Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have attracted much attention because they present a highly promising alternative to conventional photovoltaic devices based on silicon [1-3]. In nanocrystalline TiO2 solar cells sensitized with a dye, efficiencies of conversion of light to electric power up to 11% have been obtained with polypyridyl ruthenium complexes [4, 5]. The advantages of using such ruthenium complexes are that they exhibit broad absorption in the near UV and visible regions and appropriate excited-state oxidation potentials for electron injection into the conduction band of TiO2 [6]. The cost, rarity, and environmental issues of ruthenium complexes limit their wide application and encourage exploration of cheaper and safer sensitizers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultiporphyrin Arrays
Subtitle of host publicationFundamentals and Applications
PublisherPan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd.
Number of pages62
ISBN (Electronic)9789814364287
ISBN (Print)9789814316606
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

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