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Insight into Benzothiadiazole Acceptor in D-A-pi-A Configuration on Photovoltaic Performances of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
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2014 (English)In: ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, ISSN 2168-0485, Vol. 2, no 4, 1026-1034 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The option of conjugated pi-linkers is critical for molecular engineering toward the energy-level strategy of donor-pi-acceptor (D-pi-A) sensitizers. There is always a balance in the optimization of a it-linker. The pi-conjugation should be enlarged to expand the light-harvesting capability of sensitizers for an increase in photocurrent; however, the oversized it-linker also would affect seriously the photovoltage and photostability. Two sensitizers, WS-22 and WS-23, are constructed without or with benzothiadiazole (BTD) in a molecular skeleton, aiming to gain insight into the effect of an auxiliary acceptor in D-A-pi-A sensitizers on the photophysical and photovoltaic performances, especially focusing on the exploitation of the short circuit current density (J(sc)) and open circuit voltage (V-oc). Compared with the typical D-pi-A sensitizer WS-22, the incorporation of an auxiliary acceptor of BTD in WS-23 can improve the light-harvesting ability both in red-shifting the absorption peaks and the increment of absorption coefficient. The predominant increase by 15.6% in light-harvesting efficiency (LHE) of WS-23 results in a relatively higher J(sc) from 13.77 (WS-22) to 16.91 mA cm(-2) (WS-23). Moreover, the improvement of the V-oc in WS-23 is originated by a synergy contribution of the uplifting of E-CB and inhibition of charge recombination. The stepped light-induced transient (SLIT) measurements indicate that the introduction of BTD can negatively shift the conduction band of the TiO2 film. For WS-23, the higher molecular dipole moment can bring forth a more effective charge separation between donor and acceptor units, also resulting in an increase in V-oc. The incorporated BTD unit can increase V-oc by 57 mV, arising from the CB edge shift of TiO2 (accounting for 40%, 23 mV) and the retarding charge recombination (accounting for 60%, 34 mV). As a consequence, WS-23 realizes an optimizing photovoltaic efficiency (eta = 8.15%), with an improvement of 36.5% with respect to WS-22.

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2014. Vol. 2, no 4, 1026-1034 p.
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Organic sensitizers, Benzothiadiazole, Auxiliary acceptor, Solar cells, Photovoltaic performances
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145269DOI: 10.1021/sc500035jISI: 000334092600061Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84898000563OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-145269DiVA: diva2:717475
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