Influence of the donor size in panchromatic D–π-A–π-A dyes bearing 5-phenyl-5H-dibenzo-[b,f]azepine units for dye-sensitized solar cells
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Two D–π-A–π-A organic dyes (YC-1 and YC-2) with 5-phenyl-5H-dibenzo[b,f]azepine derivatives as donor, thiophene as π bridge, and isoindigo and cyanoacrylic acid as acceptors were prepared. YC-1 and YC-2 show a panchromatic absorption between 300 nm and 800 nm both in solution and neat film. The photovoltaic performances of both dyes were evaluated in dye-sensitized solar cells based on iodide/triiodide electrolyte without any co-sensitizer. The YC-1 based device displays better device performance with open-circuit photocurrent density of 12.12 mA cm−2, open-circuit voltage of 0.53 V, and fill factor of 68.9%, corresponding to overall conversion efficiency (η) of 4.38%. The inferior performance of device based on YC-2 (η = 1.46%) is ascribed to short electron lifetime as evidenced from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement. This research provided a potential promising donor unit for organic dyes and revealed the influence of donor size in organic dyes for photovoltaic performances.
|Journal||Dyes and Pigments|
|Early online date||11 Jan 2016|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2016|