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Can aliphatic anchoring groups be utilised with dyes for p-type dye sensitized solar cells?

Hao, Yan; Wood, Christopher J.; Clark, Charlotte A.; Calladine, James A.; Horvath, Raphael; Hanson-Heine, Magnus W. D.; Sun, Xue-Zhong; Clark, Ian P.; Towrie, Michael; George, Michael W.; Yang, Xichuan; Sun, Licheng; Gibson, Elizabeth A.


Yan Hao

Christopher J. Wood

Charlotte A. Clark

James A. Calladine

Raphael Horvath

Magnus W. D. Hanson-Heine

Xue-Zhong Sun

Ian P. Clark

Michael Towrie

Michael W. George

Xichuan Yang

Licheng Sun

Elizabeth A. Gibson


A series of novel laterally anchoring tetrahydroquinoline derivatives have been synthesized and investigated for their use in NiO-based p-type dye-sensitized solar cells. The kinetics of charge injection and recombination at the NiO-dye interface for these dyes have been thoroughly investigated using picosecond transient absorption and time-resolved infrared measurements. It was revealed that despite the anchoring unit being electronically decoupled from the dye structure, charge injection occurred on a sub picosecond timescale. However, rapid recombination was also observed due to the close proximity of the electron acceptor on the dyes to the NiO surface, ultimately limiting the performance of the p-DSCs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 14, 2016
Journal Dalton Transactions
Print ISSN 1477-9226
Electronic ISSN 1477-9234
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 18
Pages 7708-7719
APA6 Citation Hao, Y., Wood, C. J., Clark, C. A., Calladine, J. A., Horvath, R., Hanson-Heine, M. W. D., …Gibson, E. A. (2016). Can aliphatic anchoring groups be utilised with dyes for p-type dye sensitized solar cells?. Dalton Transactions, 45(18), 7708-7719. doi:10.1039/c6dt00146g


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