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Cyanomethylbenzoic Acid: An Acceptor for Donor–π–Acceptor Chromophores Used in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Authors

  • Dr. Wanchun Xiang,

    1. School of Chemistry, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3-9905-4597
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Akhil Gupta,

    1. Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3-9905-4940
    2. CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Flexible Electronics Theme, Bayview Avenue, Clayton South, 3169, Victoria (Australia), Fax: (+61) 395452446
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Muhammad Kalim Kashif,

    1. School of Chemistry, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3-9905-4597
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  • Dr. Noel Duffy,

    1. CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Flexible Electronics Theme, Bayview Avenue, Clayton South, 3169, Victoria (Australia), Fax: (+61) 395452446
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  • Dr. Ante Bilic,

    1. CSIRO Mathematics Informatics and Statistics, Bayview Avenue, Clayton 3169, Victoria (Australia)
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  • Prof. Dr. Richard A. Evans,

    Corresponding author
    1. CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Flexible Electronics Theme, Bayview Avenue, Clayton South, 3169, Victoria (Australia), Fax: (+61) 395452446
    • CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Flexible Electronics Theme, Bayview Avenue, Clayton South, 3169, Victoria (Australia), Fax: (+61) 395452446
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  • Prof. Dr. Leone Spiccia,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemistry, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3-9905-4597
    • School of Chemistry, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3-9905-4597
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  • Prof. Dr. Udo Bach

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3-9905-4940
    2. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Materials Science and Engineering, Flexible Electronics Theme, Clayton South, Victoria 3169 (Australia)
    3. Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, 151 Wellington Road, Clayton, VIC 3168 (Australia)
    • Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3-9905-4940
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Abstract

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Sensing the sun: Incorporation of a cyanomethyl benzoic acid electron acceptor into donor–π–acceptor sensitizers for dye-sensitized-solar cell is shown to lead to devices with improved conversion efficiency when compared with more widely used cyanoacetic acid acceptor.

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