Plasmonically enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells

Michael B. Ross, Martin G. Blaber, George C. Schatz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The unique absorption and scattering properties of metallic (typically silver or gold) nanoscale structures are dominated by their localized surface plasmon resonances, leading to strongly confined electromagnetic fields and unprecedented control over light at the nanoscale. The scattering properties of metal nanoparticles have recently been used to trap light within thin film inorganic solar cell devices to increase the effective optical density of the absorbing layer. Enhanced local fields have been utilized to enhance the photo-absorption cross-section of dye molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells. Here we will review the current state of the art in plasmon-enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells and comment on the challenges that must be addressed for the realization of next generation devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlasmonics
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Applications
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789400778054
ISBN (Print)9789400778047
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar cells
  • Surface plasmon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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