Chapter 3. Broadband Photon-harvesting Biomolecules for Photovoltaics

  1. Dr. Anthony F. Collings5 and
  2. Prof. Christa Critchley6
  1. Paul Meredith1,
  2. Ben J. Powell1,
  3. Jenny Riesz1,
  4. Robert Vogel2,
  5. David Blake1,
  6. Indriani Kartini3,
  7. Geff Will4 and
  8. Surya Subianto4

Published Online: 9 MAY 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527606742.ch3

Artificial Photosynthesis: From Basic Biology to Industrial Application

Artificial Photosynthesis: From Basic Biology to Industrial Application

How to Cite

Meredith, P., Powell, B. J., Riesz, J., Vogel, R., Blake, D., Kartini, I., Will, G. and Subianto, S. (2005) Broadband Photon-harvesting Biomolecules for Photovoltaics, in Artificial Photosynthesis: From Basic Biology to Industrial Application (eds A. F. Collings and C. Critchley), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527606742.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 5

    CSIRO Industrial Physics, PO Box 218, Lindfield, NSW 2070, Australia

  2. 6

    School of Integrative Biology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    The University of Queensland, Department of Physics, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

  2. 2

    The University of Queensland, Department of Chemistry, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

  3. 3

    The University of Queensland, Department of Chemical Engineering, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

  4. 4

    Queensland University of Technology, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAY 2006
  2. Published Print: 5 AUG 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527310906

Online ISBN: 9783527606740

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Keywords:

  • broadband photon-harvesting biomolecules for photovoltaics;
  • photoelectrochemical Grätzel cell;
  • dye-sensitized solar cell;
  • melanins;
  • melanin properties

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Photoelectrochemical Grätzel Cell (Dye-sensitized Solar Cell)

  • Typical Components and Performance of a DSSC

    • Construction and Mode of Operation

    • Typical DSSC Performance

    • Device Limitations

  • Melanins as Broadband Sensitizers for DSSCs

    • Melanin Basics

    • Melanin Chemical, Structural, and Spectroscopic Properties

    • Melanin Electrical and Photoconductive Properties

    • Melanins as Broadband Photon-harvesting Systems

    • A DSSC Based Upon Synthetic Eumelanin

  • Conclusions

  • References