Investigation of indigo/thioindigo tandem dye-sensitized solar cells

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M. Hosseinnezhad: Institute of Color Science and Technology - Department for Organic Colorants
S. Moradian: Amirkabir University of Technology - Faculty of Polymer and Color Engineering
K. Gharanjig: Institute for Color Science and Technology - Department of Organic Colorants

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In this paper we used two free-metal organic dyes dye 1 and dye 2 based on indigo and thioindigo with cyanoacrylic acid as the electron donor group. The proposed dyes were sensitized from naphalene as the starting material by standard reactions and characterized by different analytical techniques and UV-Visible spectroscopy after purification. Spectrophotometric measurements of the organic dyes in solution and on a TiO2 substrate were carried out in order to assess changes in the status of the dyes. The wavelength of maximum absorption for dye 1 and dye 2 in solution is 572 nm and 492.3 nm and on TiO2 films are 595 nm and 516.8 nm, respectively. Finally, the proposed dyes used as sensitizer in DSSCs and T-DSSCs structure and their photovoltaic properties investigated. The Conversion efficiency for dye 1 and dye 2 in DSSCs and T-DSSCs are 3.45 and 6.45 and 4.09, respectively.

Dye-sensitized solar cells; Tandem; Organic dyes; Light harvesting; Small sensitizers

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