Advancing beyond current generation dye-sensitized solar cells

Thomas W. Hamann, Rebecca A. Jensen, Alex B.F. Martinson, Hal Van Ryswyk, Joseph T. Hupp

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The most efficient dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have had essentially the same configuration (nanoparticle TiO2 sensitized with [Ru(4,4′-dicarboxy-2,2′-bipyridine)2(NCS)2] in contact with I3-/I-) for the last 17 years. In this article we outline the strategies for improving each of the three major photo-relevant components of a DSSC, review literature reports consistent with these strategies and suggest future directions. Finally we explore the potential of future generation DSSCs for advancing energy-conversion performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution


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