Journal of Power Sources, Vol.319, 39-47, 2016
Indolo[3,2-b]carbazole-based multi-donor-pi-acceptor type organic dyes for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells
Four novel indolo[3,2-b]carbazole-based multi-donor-pi-acceptor type organic dyes QX01-04 have been designed, synthesized, and applied for dye-sensitized solar cells. These dyes consist of an indolo [3,2-b]carbazole core acting as the main donor group, a couple of groups such as ethylbenzene, N,N-diethylaniline, ethyloxylbenzene, and octyloxylbenzene acting as the secondary donors. The photo physical, electrochemical, and theoretical studies indicate that the four dyes are all capable as the photosensitizers. When introducing N,N-diethylaniline as the secondary donor, QX02 exhibits a broader absorption region and significantly improved IPCE values, which ensured a good light-harvesting ability and a high.) J(SC) of 15.2 mA cm(-2). Finally, QX02-based cell achieved a high efficiency of 8.09% which is very close to that of the commercial N719-based cell (8.26%) under 100 mW cm(-2) irradiation. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.