Issue 22, 2021

Dye-sensitized solar cells strike back


Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are celebrating their 30th birthday and they are attracting a wealth of research efforts aimed at unleashing their full potential. In recent years, DSCs and dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (DSPECs) have experienced a renaissance as the best technology for several niche applications that take advantage of DSCs' unique combination of properties: at low cost, they are composed of non-toxic materials, are colorful, transparent, and very efficient in low light conditions. This review summarizes the advancements in the field over the last decade, encompassing all aspects of the DSC technology: theoretical studies, characterization techniques, materials, applications as solar cells and as drivers for the synthesis of solar fuels, and commercialization efforts from various companies.

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Article type
Review Article
09 Apr 2021
First published
30 Sep 2021
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2021,50, 12450-12550

Dye-sensitized solar cells strike back

A. B. Muñoz-García, I. Benesperi, G. Boschloo, J. J. Concepcion, J. H. Delcamp, E. A. Gibson, G. J. Meyer, M. Pavone, H. Pettersson, A. Hagfeldt and M. Freitag, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2021, 50, 12450 DOI: 10.1039/D0CS01336F

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