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The iodide/triiodide redox shuttle has limited the efficiencies accessible in dye-sensitized solar cells. Here, we report mesoscopic solar cells that incorporate a Co((II/III))tris(bipyridyl)-based redox electrolyte in conjunction with a custom synthesized donor-π-bridge-acceptor zinc porphyrin dye as sensitizer (designated YD2-o-C8). The specific molecular(More)
Herein, we present the first use of a gallium oxide tunnelling layer to significantly reduce electron recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC). The subnanometer coating is achieved using atomic layer deposition (ALD) and leading to a new DSC record open-circuit potential of 1.1 V with state-of-the-art organic D-π-A sensitizer and cobalt redox(More)
We report for the first time on a hole conductor-free mesoscopic methylammonium lead iodide (CH(3)NH(3)PbI(3)) perovskite/TiO(2) heterojunction solar cell, produced by deposition of perovskite nanoparticles from a solution of CH(3)NH(3)I and PbI(2) in γ-butyrolactone on a 400 nm thick film of TiO(2) (anatase) nanosheets exposing (001) facets. A gold film(More)
Mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticle films are used as photoanodes for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). In spite of excellent photovoltaic power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) displayed by titanium dioxide nanoparticle structures, the transport rate of electrons is known to be low due to low electron mobility. So the alternate oxides, including(More)
We report the use of Y(3+)-substituted TiO2 (0.5%Y-TiO₂) in solid-state mesoscopic solar cells, consisting of CH₃NH₃PbI₃ as the light harvester and spiro-OMeTAD as the hole transport material. A power conversion efficiency of 11.2% under simulated AM 1.5 full sun illumination was measured. A 15% improvement in the short-circuit current density was obtained(More)
Low-temperature processing of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) is crucial to enable commercialization with low-cost, plastic substrates. Prior studies have focused on mechanical compression of premade particles on plastic or glass substrates; however, this did not yield sufficient interconnections for good carrier transport. Furthermore, such compression(More)
Starting from 2,2'-bipyridine dicarboxylic acid, two new (D-π-A)2 sensitizers, including m-DA with the carboxyl anchoring group substituted meta to the donor-bridge moiety and p-DA with a para-substituted anchoring group, were synthesized in order to evaluate the impact of the position of the anchoring group on the optical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic(More)
We report on the synthesis, and photovoltaic performances of four novel Ru(ii)-bipyridine heteroleptic complexes TT206-209, incorporating branched and bulkier alkyl chains compared to their linear analogues C106 and CYC-B11 previously reported. In both series, we found that dyes containing 2-methyl-hex-2-yl substitution gave better performances than(More)
Nanocrystalline anatase titanium dioxide powders were produced by a hydrothermal synthesis route in pure form and substituted with trivalent Ga 3+ and Y 3+ or pentavalent Nb 5+ with the intention of creating acceptor or donor states, respectively. The electrical conductivity of each powder was measured using the powder-solution-composite (PSC) method. The(More)