On the photophysical and electrochemical studies of dye-sensitized solar cells with the new dye CYC-B1

Jian Ging Chen, Chia Yuan Chen, Shi Jhang Wu, Jheng Ying Li, Chun Guey Wu, Kuo Chuan Ho

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In this study, the photoelectrochemical characteristics of a ruthenium photosensitizer with an alkyl bithiophene group, designated as CYC-B1, are studied. The effect of mesoporous TiO2 film thickness on the photovoltaic performance of CYC-B1 and N3 dye-sensitized solar cells was investigated. The performance of the dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO 2 solar cells (DSSC) fabricated using CYC-B1 dye-anchored TiO 2 photoelectrode showed a convincing enhancement in cell efficiency when the TiO2 film thickness was increased from 3 μm (eff. = 5.41%) to 6 μm (eff. = 7.1935). The efficiency of the CYC-B1 -sensitized DSSC was maximum at 6 μm of the TiO2 film thickness, reached its limiting value and remained constant up to 53 μm, although a similar trend was also observed for N3 dye-sensitized DSSC, however, the maximum efficiency achieved was only at 27 μm thickness (eff. = 6.75%). As expected, the photocurrent density generated in the DSSC modified by CYC-B1 dye is larger than that from N3 dye. The effect of guanidinium thiocyanate (GuSCN) (additive) addition to the electrolyte on the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on CYC-B1 was also investigated. Furthermore, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique and photo-transient laser method have been employed to analyze the charge transfer resistances (Rct) and the lifetime of the injected electrons on the TiO2 containing different thicknesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1723-1727
Number of pages5
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Nanocrystallined TiO
  • Ruthenium photosensitizer


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