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Influence of a co-adsorbant on the performance of bis(diimine) copper(I)-based dye-sensitized solar cells

Brauchli, S. Y. and Malzner, F. J. and Constable, E. C. and Housecroft, C. E.. (2014) Influence of a co-adsorbant on the performance of bis(diimine) copper(I)-based dye-sensitized solar cells. RSC advances, 4 (107). pp. 62728-62736.

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Abstract

In the bis(diimine) copper(I) dyes, [Cu(1)(3)]+ and [Cu(1)(4)]+ (1 = ((6,6'-dimethyl-[2,2'-bipyridine]-4,4'-diyl)bis(4,1-phenylene))bis(phosphonic acid), the ancillary ligands 3 and 4 contain sterically demanding second-generation hole-transporting dendrons with methyl or phenyl substituents adjacent to the N-donor atoms of the 2,2'-bipyridine metal-binding domain. The performances of DSCs containing [Cu(1)(3)]+ and [Cu(1)(4)]+ depend on both the solvent (acetone or CH2Cl2) used in the dye-bath and on the presence of a co-adsorbant. Irrespective of solvent, the dye [Cu(1)(4)]+ (6,6'-Ph2-substituted) only performs well if chenodeoxycholic acid (cheno) is added as a co-adsorbant; for [Cu(1)(3)]+, cheno has a noticeable effect when the dye assembly is carried out in CH2Cl2. Overall, the results indicate that a combination of small 6,6'-substituents in the ancillary ligand and acetone in the dye-dipping cycle lead to the best performing dyes, and for the second-generation dyes, the addition of cheno is essential. Conditions to form TiO2-bound [Cu(1)(5)]+ (5 = 4,4'-bis(4-iodophenyl)-6,6'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine) in a stepwise manner have been optimized and the effects of introducing cheno at different points during the dye-assembly process have been investigated. When cheno is added to the [Cu(MeCN)4][PF6]/5 dye-bath, the DSCs exhibit values of JSC, VOC and h values that are similar to those with no co-adsorbant. However, competitive binding of 1 and cheno in the first dipping-cycle leads to lower values of JSC and lower photoconversion efficiencies.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Anorganische Chemie (Constable)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Anorganische Chemie (Housecroft)
UniBasel Contributors:Housecroft, Catherine Elizabeth and Constable, Edwin Charles and Brauchli, Sven and Malzner, Frederik J├╝rgen
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:2046-2069
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:31 Dec 2015 10:57
Deposited On:06 Mar 2015 07:44

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