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Metal free sensitizer and catalyst for dye sensitized solar cells

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Abstract

The carbon neutral process for energy conversion is of utmost importance, in this context photovoltaics, especially dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a viable alternative. Few terawatts of carbon free renewable energy can be produced by DSSCs. However the judicious use of platinum group free metals may further enhance the limit of energy production by making it further cost effective. In this context a metal free sensitizer and electrocatalyst related to DSSCs are reviewed for their merits. The current state-of-the-art sensitizer as well as carbon based materials for its chemistry and photovoltaic characterization are discussed. The present article combines recent progress and its emerging behavior from our laboratories and from other groups working on this perennial topic.

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The article was received on 03 Jun 2013, accepted on 06 Sep 2013 and first published on 06 Sep 2013


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE41888J
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2013,6, 3439-3466
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    Metal free sensitizer and catalyst for dye sensitized solar cells

    S. Ahmad, E. Guillén, L. Kavan, M. Grätzel and M. K. Nazeeruddin, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 3439
    DOI: 10.1039/C3EE41888J

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