Journal article

Bilayer hybrid solar cells based on triphenylamine-thienylenevinylene dye and TiO2

Photoinduced energy conversion from multilayers of org. dye on dense TiO2 films was investigated in bilayer hybrid solar cells. Dye layers of varying thicknesses were prepd. by spin-casting the star-shaped dye [tris(dicyano-vinyl-2-thienyl)phenyl]amine from solns. onto dense TiO2 on conducting glass substrates. A spin-cast layer of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and graphite powder was used for contacting the devices. Excitons generated in the dye multilayer contribute to the power conversion efficiency, reaching a max. of ca. 0.3% at a dye layer thickness of ca. 8 nm for the devices described herein. For dye layers exceeding 5 nm, the cell performance becomes limited by the exciton diffusion length LED and the hole mobility in the org. layer. Using dye multilayers is a viable way to increase light harvesting in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.


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