We have designed and synthesized highly efficient organic sensitizers with a planar thienothiophene-vinylene-thienothiophene linker. Under standard global AM 1.5 solar conditions, the JK-113-sensitized cell gave a short circuit photocurrent density (J(sc)) of 17.61 mAcm(-2), an open-circuit voltage (V-oc) of 0.71 V, and a fill factor (FF) of 72%, corresponding to an overall conversion efficiency (eta) of 9.1%. The incident monochromatic photo-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) of JK-113 exceeds 80% over the spectral region from 400 to 640 nm, reaching its maximum of 93% at 475 nm. The band tails off toward 770 nm, contributing to the broad spectral light harvesting. Solar-cell devices based oil the sensitizer JK-113 in conjunction with a volatile electrolyte and a solvent-free ionic liquid electrolyte gave high conversion efficiencies of 9.1% and 7.9%, respectively. The JK-113-based solar cell fabricated using a solvent-free ionic liquid electrolyte showed excellent stability under light soaking at 60 degrees C for 1000 h.