Special Issue "Coordination Complexes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs)"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Coordination Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Catherine E. Housecroft

Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, BPR 1096, Mattenstrasse 24a, CH-4058 Basel, Switzerland
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Interests: dye-sensitized solar cells; light absorption by metal complexes; light-harvesting; solar energy conversion; dye–electrolyte optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Grätzel dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) was developed in the 1990s and converts solar into electrical energy. Grätzel's breakthrough use of sintered nanoparticles of the semiconductor on the working electrode of the cell to provide a huge surface area for dye adsorption has been followed by the development of a myriad of sensitizers. The vast majority of investigations are focused on n-type DSCs. However, with an ultimate goal of functional tandem devices, much work is still needed to improve the performances of p-type DSCs. State-of-the-art dyes encompass ruthenium complexes, organic and zinc(II) porphyrin-based dyes with the best conversion efficiencies reaching ~11–14%. Copper(I)-based dyes are seen as sustainable alternatives to ruthenium-containing sensitizers and, with the aid of co-sensitization using an organic dye, have been shown to achieve efficiences of up to ~65% that of the benchmark rutheium(II) sensitizer N719. For p-type DSCs, cyclometallated ruthenium dyes show promise, and an emerging family of iridium-containing dyes has recently entered the field. This Special Issue aims to highlight the variety and importance of coordination complexes as sensitizers in DSCs.

Prof. Dr. Catherine E. Housecroft
Guest Editor

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  • dye-sensitized solar cells
  • metal complexes
  • light-harvesting
  • solar energy conversion

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