Ruthenium(ii) quasi-solid state dye sensitized solar cells with 8% efficiency using a supramolecular oligomer-based electrolyte

K. L. Vincent Joseph, A. Anthonysamy, P. Sudhagar, Woohyung Cho, Young Soo Kwon, Taiho Park, Yong Soo Kang, Jin Kon Kim*

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We have achieved 8% efficiency for the ruthenium(ii) dye, SY-04, in quasi-solid state dye sensitized solar cells using a supramolecular oligomer-based electrolyte. The dyes in this study, SY-04 and SY-05, which were synthesized through highly efficient synthetic routes, showed better molar extinction coefficients compared to that of the Z907 dye. In the absorption spectra, SY-04 and SY-05 displayed better red shifted metal ligand charge transfer (MLCT) absorption bands at 533, 382 and 535, 373 nm, respectively, compared with 521, 371 nm of the Z907 dye. Also, SY-04 and SY-05 showed better molar extinction coefficients, 6691, 16189 M-1 cm-1 and 6694, 16195 M-1 cm-1 as compared with the Z907 dye, 4308, 4917 M-1 cm-1. When excited into the charge-transfer absorption bands of SY-04 and SY-05 in ethanol at 77 K, broad emission bands for SY-04 and SY-05 with a maximum at 788 nm and 786 nm, respectively, were observed compared to the emission band of Z907 at 797 nm. The current-voltage characteristics of the SY-04 sensitizer gave the best performance data, J SC = 18.0 mA cm-2, VOC = 0.662 V, ff = 0.663, and an η of 8.0%. The increased VOC value for SY-04 than Z907 is mainly attributed to high charge recombination resistance by effective dye coverage, which is confirmed by impedance spectroscopy. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13338-13344
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science


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