Fine-Tuning of Triarylamine-Based Photosensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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  • Dr. Céline Olivier,

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    1. UMR-CNRS 5255 Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence (France), Fax: (+33) 5 40 00 69 94
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  • Dr. Frédéric Sauvage,

    1. Laboratoire de Photonique et Interfaces, Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimique, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
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  • Dr. Laurent Ducasse,

    1. UMR-CNRS 5255 Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence (France), Fax: (+33) 5 40 00 69 94
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  • Dr. Frédéric Castet,

    1. UMR-CNRS 5255 Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence (France), Fax: (+33) 5 40 00 69 94
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  • Prof. Michael Grätzel,

    1. Laboratoire de Photonique et Interfaces, Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimique, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
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  • Prof. Thierry Toupance

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    1. UMR-CNRS 5255 Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 Talence (France), Fax: (+33) 5 40 00 69 94
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Abstract

The synthesis of a series of novel organic photosensitizers based on modified triarylamine motives has been achieved. The new “push-pull” dyes, bearing one to three naphthyl units in place of phenyl rings, have been successfully obtained following original synthetic routes. The structural, optical and electrochemical properties of these chromophores were studied by combining crystallographic, experimental and theoretical data. We further present a systematic study of this series of dyes. When embedded in dye-sensitized solar cell devices, the new photosensitizers showed good spectral response with IPCE greater than 85 % from 470 to 580 nm and overall power conversion efficiencies reaching 6.6 %. One of these new sensitizers, containing one naphthyl attached to the π-conjugated linker and having phenyl rings on the outside, led to the highest molar extinction coefficient and energy conversion efficiency of the series while exhibiting higher electron lifetime.

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