Two hole conductor materials, spiro-OMeTAD and P3HT, were compared in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Two organic dyes containing one anchor unit (D35) or two anchor units (M3) were used in the comparison. Absorbed photon to current conversion efficiency close to unity was obtained for the devices with spiro-OMeTAD. Energy conversion efficiencies of 4.7% and 4.9% were measured for the devices with spiro-OMeTAD and the dyes D35 and M3, respectively. For the devices using the P3HT hole conductor the results were rather different comparing the two dye molecules, with energy conversion efficiencies of 3.2% and 0.5% for D35 and M3, respectively. Photo-induced absorption measurements suggest that the regeneration of the dyes, and the polymer infiltration, is not complete using P3HT, while spiro-OMeTAD regenerates the dyes efficiently. However, the TiO2/D35/P3HT system shows rather high energy conversion efficiency and electrochemical oxidation of the dyes on TiO2 indicates that D35 have a more efficient dye to dye hole conduction than M3, which thereby might explain the higher performance. The dye hole conduction may therefore be of significant importance for optimizing the energy conversion in such hybrid TiO2/dye/polymer systems.
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