We report a combined experimental and theoretical study on the origin of the different open circuit potentials observed in dye-sensitized solar cells using Ru(ll)-polypyridyl homoleptic and heteroleptic sensitizers. We have measured the photovoltaic data of different sensitizers and used DFT calculations to analyze the electronic structure of dye-sensitized TiO 2 nanoparticles. Heteroleptic sensitizers adsorb onto TiO 2 via a single bipyridine, leading to a TiO 2 conduction band downshift and overall reduction of the cell open circuit potential.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering