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Restricted Rotation of sigma-Bonds through a Rigidified Donor Structure to Increase the ICT Ability of Platinum-Acetylide-Based DSSCs
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
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2013 (English)In: Chemistry - An Asian Journal, ISSN 1861-4728, Vol. 8, no 11, 2660-2669 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A series of new triarylamine-based platinum-acetylide complexes (WYs) have been designed and synthesized as new sensitizers for applications in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). With the aim of investigating the effect of a rigidifying donor structure on the photoelectrical parameters of the corresponding DSSCs, two new sensitizers, WY1 and WY2, with rigid and coplanar fluorene units as an electron donor, were prepared. Moreover, two sensitizers that contained triphenylamine units as an electron donor, WY3 and WY4, were also synthesized for comparison. The photo- and electrochemical properties of all of these new complexes have been extensively explored. We found that the dimethyl-fluorene unit exhibited a stronger electron-donating ability and better photovoltaic performance compared to the triphenylamine unit, owing to its rigidifying structure, which restricted the rotation of sigma bonds, thus increasing the conjugation efficiency. Furthermore, WY2, which contained a dimethyl-fluorene unit as an electron donor and bithiophene as a bridge, showed a relatively high open-circuit voltage (V-oc) of 640mV and a PCE of 4.09%. This work has not only expanded the choice of platinum-acetylide sensitizers, but also demonstrates the advantages of restricted rotation of donor sigma bonds for improved behavior of the corresponding DSSCs.

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2013. Vol. 8, no 11, 2660-2669 p.
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dyes/pigments, electronic structure, fluorene, platinum, sensitizers
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-134730DOI: 10.1002/asia.201300578ISI: 000326292200024ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84887018136OAI: diva2:668336

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