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Gigantic Relevance of Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer for Organic Dyes Used in Solar Cells
Uppsala Univ, Dept Chem, Angstrom Labs, Box 523, SE-75120 Uppsala, Sweden..
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1771-9401
2018 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 122, no 42, p. 23998-24003Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Within this work, we emphasis on the importance of twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) process in organic dyes based on triphenyl amine moiety to achieve high performance in dye-sensitized solar cells. Through the comparison between two recent made dyes, Ll and L1Fc, on different semiconductors (TiO2, and ZrO2), we could spectrally and dynamically detect for the first time the formation of TICT state for Ll on ZrO2 after localized charge transfer (LCT) state population, and an electron injection process from TICT state on TiO2. However, for the excited L1Fc dye, the ultrafast electron transfer from ferrocene (Fc) moiety to the Ll unit quenched the formation of TICT state in L1Fc on semiconductors, leading instead to an electron injection process from the LCT state. The electron injection from TICT state in Ll associated with structural rearrangements on TiO2 leads to slow recombination process and an efficiency improvement of about 325%, compared to solar cells based on L1Fc dye, in which TICT state formation is hindered. Similar electron dynamics are obtained for Ll on TiO2 upon physically hindering the TICT process by adding polymer matrix. The presence of TICT state for Ll dye and similar triphenyl amine dyes aids to reconstruct the kinetic profile for these dyes on semiconductor surfaces, and to redesign organic dyes accordingly for higher efficiency in solar cells.

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2018. Vol. 122, no 42, p. 23998-24003
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239094DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08326ISI: 000448754300020Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055874949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239094DiVA, id: diva2:1264859
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Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved

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