Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol.60, No.1, 43-49, 2000
Negative Ames-test of cis-di(thiocyanato)-N,N ＇-bis(4,4 ＇-dicarboxy-2,2 ＇-bipyridine)Ru(II), the sensitizer dye of the nanocrystalline TiO2 solar cell
Dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 solar cells are currently under development. Since these cells contain an electrolyte solution we reviewed the health and safety aspects in view of indoor applications, where personal contact cannot be excluded. Only small amounts of chemicals are present in each cell and so there is no danger of acute toxicity. However, long-term effects often can be caused by incidental contact with minute amounts. For this reason we have tested cis-di(thiocyanato)-bis(4,4＇-dicarboxy-2,2＇-bipyridine)Ru(II), the sensitizer dye in the Ames test. The dye was not mutagenic in the Salmonella typhimurium reverse mutation assay and in the Escherichia coli reverse mutation assay. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.