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Keywords:

  • photonic crystals;
  • solar cells;
  • photovoltaics
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The solar-to-electric power-conversion efficiency (η) of dye-sensitized solar cells can be greatly enhanced by integrating a mesoporous, nanoparticle-based, 1D photonic crystal as a coherent scattering layer in the device. The photogenerated current is greatly improved without altering the open-circuit voltage of the cell, while keeping the transparency of the cell intact. Improved average η values between 15% and 30% are attained.