Panchromatic engineering for dye-sensitized solar cells

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  • Jun Ho Yum
  • Etienne Baranoff
  • Sophie Wenger
  • Md K. Nazeeruddin
  • Michael Grätzel

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  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne


The dye-sensitized mesoscopic solar cell has been intensively investigated as a promising photovoltaic cell. Its ecological and economical fabrication processes make it attractive and credible alternative to conventional photovoltaic systems. In contrast to the latter design, the DSC approach separates tasks of light absorption and charge transport. The primary step of light absorption is performed by a sensitizer anchored to the surface of a wide band gap semiconductor. In order to reach a high conversion efficiency, the first requirement is that the sensitizer should absorb as much as possible of the incoming sunlight. Strategies for achieving panchromatic response in dye-sensitized mesoscopic solar cells are discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-857
Number of pages16
JournalEnergy & Environmental Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011