DPP containing D-π-A organic dyes toward highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

Kuo Yuan Chiu, Venkatesan Govindan, Ling Chuan Lin, Shin Han Huang, Jia Cheng Hu, Kun Mu Lee, Hui Hsu Gavin Tsai, Sheng Hsiung Chang, Chun Guey Wu

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Two diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) containing D-π-A organic dyes, named as TEDBn and TEDTh were prepared. Their optical, electrochemical and photophysical properties were investigated and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) was demonstrated. The broaden absorption and low-energy λmax of DPP containing dyes were contributed from DPP bridge and EDOT π-conjugated moiety. Compared to TEDTh, TEDBn has smaller absorption coefficient and higher optical bandgap. Nevertheless the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of TEDBn based DSC is 7.2% which is larger than that of TEDTh based DSC and 90% of N719 based cell. The higher PCE of TEDBn based device originates from both higher open-circuit voltage (VOC) and short-circuit current (JSC). Femtosecond time-resolved photoluminescence data show that the electron injection at TEDBn/TiO2 is more efficient than that at TEDTh/TiO2 interface, resulting in higher JSC (and IPCE) of TEDBn based DSC. Density function theory (DFT) calculations revealed that TEDBn is a linear structure which leads to higher dye loading on TiO2 than TEDTh which featured a bend conformation, better TiO2 surface coverage, resulting in larger VOC. Therefore, the overall efficiency of the cell sensitized by TEDBn is better than that the devices based on TEDTh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalDyes and Pigments
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • D-π-A dye
  • DPP
  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • High efficiency
  • Organic
  • Theoretic calculation


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