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Fabrication of D–π–A sensitizers based on different donors substituted with a dihydropyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione bridge for DSSCs: influence of the CDCA co-absorbent

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The effect of co-absorbance on the performance of DSSC devices with a new design of dimer sensitizers possessing a 2,5-dihydropyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione (DPP) bridge and various donor groups (carbazole, diphenyl amine, indole) is reported in the present work. The co-absorbent (CDCA = chenodeoxycholic acid) was inserted into the sensitizers and the photovoltaic performance was studied. The co-absorbent had a significant effect on Jsc, Voc and the efficiency. Without incorporation of the co-absorbent, a higher efficiency of around 4.40% is exhibited (Jsc = 9.91 mA cm−2 and Voc = 0.678 V) by the R3 device, while after adding the co-absorbent, we have achieved an efficiency of around 4.44% (Jsc = 10.3 mA cm−2 and Voc = 0.693 V). Structure optimization and energy level calculations were carried out by density functional theory (DFT) with different donor substituents and DPP bridge based sensitizers. The co-absorbent and sensitizer based DSSCs were also characterised by impedance spectroscopy and incident photon to current conversion efficiency measurements.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of D–π–A sensitizers based on different donors substituted with a dihydropyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione bridge for DSSCs: influence of the CDCA co-absorbent

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The article was received on 20 Feb 2018, accepted on 04 Jun 2018 and first published on 05 Jun 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00847G
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 12024-12031
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    Fabrication of D–π–A sensitizers based on different donors substituted with a dihydropyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione bridge for DSSCs: influence of the CDCA co-absorbent

    A. Dhar, N. Siva Kumar, M. Asif and R. L. Vekariya, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 12024
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00847G

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