Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12(9), 5565-5576; doi:10.3390/ijms12095565
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New Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Obtained from Extracted Bracts of Bougainvillea Glabra and Spectabilis Betalain Pigments by Different Purification Processes

1 Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Juriquilla, Boulevard Juriquilla No. 3001, CP 76230, Juriquilla, Querétaro, Mexico 2 Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad del Valle de México, Campus Querétaro, Boulevard Villas del Mesón No. 1000, CP 76230, Juriquilla, Querétaro, Mexico
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Received: 24 May 2011; in revised form: 3 August 2011 / Accepted: 17 August 2011 / Published: 30 August 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Material Sciences and Nanotechnology)
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Abstract: The performance of a new dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based in a natural dye extracted from the Bougainvillea spectabilis’ bracts, is reported. The performance of this solar cell was compared with cells prepared using extract of the Bougainvillea glabra and mixture of both extracts; in both cases the pigments were betalains, obtained from Reddish-purple extract. These dyes were purified to different extents and used for the construction of solar cells that were electrically characterized. The materials were characterized using FTIR and UV-Vis. Solar cells were assembled using TiO2 thin film on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass; a mesoporous film was sensitized with the Bougainvillea extracts. The obtained solar energy conversion efficiency was of 0.48% with a current density JSC of 2.29 mA/cm2 using an irradiation of 100 mW/cm2 at 25 °C.
Keywords: dye-sensitized solar cell; betalain; natural dyes; solar energy; dip coating

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Hernandez-Martinez, A.R.; Estevez, M.; Vargas, S.; Quintanilla, F.; Rodriguez, R. New Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Obtained from Extracted Bracts of Bougainvillea Glabra and Spectabilis Betalain Pigments by Different Purification Processes. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 5565-5576.

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Hernandez-Martinez AR, Estevez M, Vargas S, Quintanilla F, Rodriguez R. New Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Obtained from Extracted Bracts of Bougainvillea Glabra and Spectabilis Betalain Pigments by Different Purification Processes. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2011; 12(9):5565-5576.

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Hernandez-Martinez, Angel Ramon; Estevez, Miriam; Vargas, Susana; Quintanilla, Fracisco; Rodriguez, Rogelio. 2011. "New Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Obtained from Extracted Bracts of Bougainvillea Glabra and Spectabilis Betalain Pigments by Different Purification Processes." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 12, no. 9: 5565-5576.

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