Fine-tuning the coordination atoms of copper redox mediators: an effective strategy for boosting the photovoltage of dye-sensitized solar cells

Natural systems have marvelously utilized copper complexes featuring sulfur-coordinating ligands, known as blue copper proteins, as efficient electron-transfer mediators in biological processes. Copper complexes with sulfur-coordinating ligands have been attempted as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), the performance of which is not yet satisfactory and still remains less well explored. Herein, we report the application of new copper complexes bearing a tetradentate polythioether ligand, [(S-4)Cu](2+/+) (1(2+/+), S-4 = 1,4,8,11-tetrathiocyclotetradecane), as a redox mediator in DSCs in comparison with its N-4-tetradentate counterpart [(N-4)Cu](2+/+) (2(2+/+), N-4 = 1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane). Impressively, the changes of coordination atoms from N to S positively shift the formal redox potential of the copper complexes by 600 mV, leading to a remarkably high photovoltage approaching 1.0 V. This is one of the highest photovoltage values reported thus far for DSCs based on copper redox mediators.


Published in:
Journal Of Materials Chemistry A, 7, 20, 12808-12814
Year:
May 28 2019
Publisher:
Cambridge, ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
ISSN:
2050-7488
2050-7496
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