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Supramolecular architectures featuring the antenna effect in solid state DSSCs

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Abstract

Hybrid artificial antenna systems, with implementation of nature's basic concept of self-organization of chromophores, attract vast interest due to their potential application in solar cells. Herein, we report a new supramolecular system comprising two porphyrins, a free base and its zinc analogue, bearing diphenylalanine units. The first is grafted on the TiO2 surface and plays the role of an initiator in the self-assembly of the second, inducing the formation of multi-molecular self-assembled spherical nanostructures. The achieved assemblies display an antenna effect and are used as biomimetic chromophore systems for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This self-assembled antenna system gives a proof of concept that multichromophoric supramolecular assemblies based on hydrogen bonds can be of practical use for photovoltaic applications.

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The article was received on 11 Nov 2016, accepted on 16 Jan 2017 and first published on 18 Jan 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00051G
Citation: Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017,1, 387-395
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    Supramolecular architectures featuring the antenna effect in solid state DSSCs

    G. Charalambidis, K. Karikis, E. Georgilis, B. L. M'Sabah, Y. Pellegrin, A. Planchat, B. Lucas, A. Mitraki, J. Bouclé, F. Odobel and A. G. Coutsolelos, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017, 1, 387
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SE00051G

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