Biophotovoltaics: Natural pigments in dye-sensitized solar cells

Hug, Hubert and Bader, Michael and Mair, Peter and Glatzel, Thilo. (2014) Biophotovoltaics: Natural pigments in dye-sensitized solar cells. Applied Energy, 115. pp. 216-225.

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Abstract Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) which are also called Graetzel cells are a novel type of solar cells. Their advantages are mainly low cost production, low energy payback time, flexibility, performance also at diffuse light and multicolor options. DSSCs become more and more interesting since a huge variety of dyes including also natural dyes can be used as light harvesting elements which provide the charge carriers. A wide band gap semiconductor like TiO2 is used for charge separation and transport. Such a DSSC contains similarities to the photosynthetic apparatus. Therefore, we summarize current available knowledge on natural dyes that have been used in DSSCs which should provide reasonable light harvesting efficiency, sustainability, low cost and easy waste management. Promising natural compounds are carotenoids, polyphenols and chlorophylls.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Nanomechanik (Meyer)
UniBasel Contributors:Glatzel, Thilo
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier B.V.
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:18 May 2016 07:43

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