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First-principles study of the excited-state properties of coumarin-derived dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells
Agrawal, Saurabh; Dev, Pratibha; English, Niall J.; Thampi, Ravindranathan; MacElroy, J. M. Don
Using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT), we have investigated the optical properties of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) comprised of TiO2 nanoparticle sensitized with two coumarins, namely, NKX-2311 and NKX-2593. The two sensitizers (dyes) differ only in their linker moieties and are shown to have different absorption spectra when adsorbed on to the TiO2 surface. Knowledge of different light absorption and charge transfer (CT) behavior within these complexes is useful for further improving the photo-dynamics of newer organic dyes presently being designed and investigated worldwide. Moreover, we have also investigated the effect of deprotonation of the sensitizers' carboxylic groups during adsorption on the titania surface and the excited state electronic properties of the resulting species. Science Foundation Ireland Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology 12M embargo until June 2012 - AV 30/06/2011 au, ke - AS 08/07/2011
Keyword(s): TD-DFT; DSSC; TiO2; Coumarin derived dye; Density functionals; Dye-sensitized solar cells--Optical properties; Titanium dioxide; Coumarins
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): RSC publishing
File Format(s): other; application/pdf
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