High-Performance Organic Dyes with Electron-Deficient Quinoxalinoid Heterocycles for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells under One Sun and Indoor Light

Man Ling Jiang, Jun Jie Wen, Zi Ming Chen, Wen Hsuan Tsai, Tzu Chau Lin, Tahsin J. Chow, Yuan Jay Chang

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Abstract

A series of Y-shaped sensitizers incorporating quinoxaline or quinoxalinoid moieties were prepared and applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By the introduction of quinoxalinoid functionalities, the absorption extinction coefficients could be enhanced. The molecular structures were modified by introducing an extra acceptor group (A) between a donor (D) and a π-bridge (D–A–π–A) and also by incorporating electron-donating substituents at various positions of the quinoxalinoid moiety. Some of the dyes and mixtures thereof were found to exhibit good light-harvesting efficiencies under both sunlight and indoor light, with efficiencies up to 7.92 % under one sun (AM 1.5G). When operated under indoor light, the efficiency could be boosted to 27.76, 28.74, and 30.45 % under 600, 1000, 2500 lux illumination, respectively. The best performance could be ascribed partly to an improved dye coverage on the TiO2 surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3654-3665
Number of pages12
JournalChemSusChem
Volume12
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • co-sensitization
  • dyes
  • indoor light
  • quinoxaline
  • solar cells

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