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Acetylacetone anchoring group for NiO-based dye-sensitized solar cell
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Physical Chemistry.
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2014 (English)In: Dyes and pigments, ISSN 0143-7208, E-ISSN 1873-3743, Vol. 105, 174-179 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, the viability of the first push pull (nitrophenyl and hexyl-thiophene as acceptor and donor unit respectively) sensitizer functionalized with acetylacetone (acac) anchoring group was assessed for application in p-type dye sensitized solar cells (Ni0-based). An effective synthetic strategy to introduce the acac directly to an aryl moiety was developed. Then, the UV visible absorption, emission and electrochemical properties of this new sensitizer were determined. FT-IR spectroscopy revealed an effective binding of the acac group to NiO surface while time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations predicted a strong charge-transfer transition with no component of the LUMO centred on the acac. Ultrafast hole injection (<200 fs) from the dye excited state into the valence band (VB) of NiO was experimentally demonstrated by transient absorption spectroscopy studies. It was also shown that excitation of the sensitizer leads to the formation of a twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state. Finally, the photovoltaic performances of this dye were investigated in NiO based solar cells using the iodide/triiodide electrolyte. We measured promising power conversion efficiencies higher than that of the coumarin 043 benchmark reference albeit with a weaker light harvesting efficiency.

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2014. Vol. 105, 174-179 p.
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Photovoltaic, p-Type semiconductor, Photoinduced hole injection, Photoelectrochemistry, Surface coating, Time dependent density functional theory
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Chemical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-225504DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2014.01.026ISI: 000335111600024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-225504DiVA: diva2:728547
Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-04 Last updated: 2014-06-24Bibliographically approved

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