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Low cost `green' dye sensitized solar cells based on New Fuchsin dye with aqueous electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrodes

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Kokal, Ramesh K. [1] ; Bhattacharya, Somdatta [2] ; Cardoso, Lilian S. [3] ; Miranda, Paulo B. [3] ; Soma, Venugopal Rao [2] ; Chetti, Prabhakar [4] ; Melepurath, Deepa [1] ; Raavi, Sai Santosh Kumar [5]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Indian Inst Technol Hyderabad, Dept Chem, Sangareddy 502285, Telangana - India
[2] Univ Hyderabad, ACRHEM, Hyderabad 500040, Telangana - India
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Fis Soo Carlos, CP 369, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[4] Natl Inst Technol, Dept Chem, Kurukshetra 136119, Haryana - India
[5] Indian Inst Technol Hyderabad, Dept Phys, Sangareddy 502285, Telangana - India
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: Solar Energy; v. 188, p. 913-923, AUG 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

In this work, we present the application of a inexpensive water-soluble New Fuchsin (NF) dye as a photo sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). A comprehensive study including computational, spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry measurements established the efficacy of NF as a photosensitizer. Density functional theory (DFT) modelling of NF is performed to estimate the energy levels and experimentally verified using the cyclic voltammetry measurements. For the spectroscopy characterization time-resolved absorption and fluorescence studies are employed on NF in ethanol solution and as thin film deposited on glass and mesoporous TiO2. Femtosecond transient absorption measurements revealed ultrafast electron injection within < 1 ps at the interface of NF and TiO2. NF sensitized solar cells were fabricated and optimised using various liquid electrolytes and carbon-based counter electrodes. The fabricated devices were further characterized using electro-impedance spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky measurements. The best-performing device with photo-conversion efficiency of 2.9% was obtained using aqueous Fe3+/Fe2+ electrolyte and CoS treated carbon fabric. These components are non-toxic and economical resulting in the fabrication of low cost and eco-friendly ``green{''} solar cells. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/04960-0 - Spectroscopy of organic semiconductor devices
Grantee:Paulo Barbeitas Miranda
Support type: Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International