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Among the new photovoltaic technologies, the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSC) is becoming a realistic approach towards energy markets such as BIPV (Building Integrated PhotoVoltaics). In order to improve the performances of DSCs and to increase their commercial attractiveness, cheap, colourful, stable and highly efficient ruthenium-free dyes must be(More)
  • Flavio S Freitas, John N Clifford, Emilio Palomares, Ana F Nogueira
  • 2012
In this paper we focus on the effect of carboxylated thiophene small molecules as interface modifiers in TiO(2)/P3HT hybrid solar cells. Our results show that small differences in the chemical structure of these molecules, for example, the presence of the -CH(2)- group in the 2-thiopheneacetic acid (TAA), can greatly increase the TiO(2) surface wettability,(More)
Polymeric solar cells have attracted much attention during the last years due to their lower fabrication cost and possibility of using flexible substrates. However, their efficiency is usually less than 5%. Among factors affecting polymeric solar cells efficiency, the active layer morphology related to blend preparation and annealing, is one of the most(More)
Graphene and carbon quantum dots have extraordinary optical and electrical features because of their quantum confinement properties. This makes them attractive materials for applications in photovoltaic devices (PV). Their versatility has led to their being used as light harvesting materials or selective contacts, either for holes or electrons, in silicon(More)
Anatase is a pivotal material in devices for energy-harvesting applications and catalysis. Methods for the accurate characterization of this reducible oxide at the atomic scale are critical in the exploration of outstanding properties for technological developments. Here we combine atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM),(More)
We present herein two colour encoded silica nanospheres (2nanoSi) for the fluorescence quantitative ratiometric determination of trypsin in humans. Current detection methods for cystic fibrosis diagnosis are slow, costly and suffer from false positives. The 2nanoSi proved to be a highly sensitive, fast (minutes), and single-step approach nanosensor for the(More)
A tandem solar cell device whose sub-cells are fabricated exclusively from small molecules (SMs) through both solution-processed and vacuum-processed deposition techniques is described. The front sub-cell's active layer consists of a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) DPP(TBFu)2:PC70BM device while the back cell has a typical bilayer structure employing a(More)
In the present work, the morphology and performance of Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells (BHJ-OSC) manufactured with three different ratios of P3HT:PC<inf>[70]</inf>BM (1&#x2236;0.84, 1&#x2236;1 and 1&#x2236;1.21, wt%) were studied. These films were made with a mixture of solvents o-dichlorobenzene:chlorobenzene (DCB:CB) at a fixed ratio by volume of(More)
Since the demonstration of efficient hybrid photovoltaic devices using CdSe/P3HT, a number of different QD/polymer molecular solar cells have been investigated. However, considerably less attention has been paid to the photo-induced processes occurring in these devices, in particular the strong dependence that device efficiencies show upon QD concentration.(More)
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