Cobalt polypyridyl-based electrolytes for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells

Elizabeth A. Gibson, Amanda Smeigh, Loïc Le Pleux, Leif Hammarström, Fabrice Odobel, Gerrit Boschloo, Anders Hagfeldt

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A series of polypyridyl cobalt complexes with different substituents was applied as redox mediators in p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSCs), consisting of mesoporous NiO sensitized with a perylenemonoimide- naphthalenediimide (PMI-NDI) dyad. The photocurrent and photovoltages of the devices were found to depend on the steric bulk of the redox species rather than their electrochemical potential. Bulky substituents were found to slow the detrimental charge recombination reactions between holes in the NiO semiconductor and the reduced form of the redox couple. The open-circuit potential (VOC) of each of the devices was superior to the equivalent PMI-NDI-sensitized p-DSCs containing the triiodide/iodide redox couple.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9772-9779
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - May 19 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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