Time-resolved photophysical and photoelectrochemical investigations have been carried out to compare the electron transfer dynamics of a 2-ß-substituted tetraarylporphyrinic dye (ZnB) and a 5,15-meso-disubstituted diarylporphyrinic one (ZnM) at the electrolyte/dye/TiO2 interface in PSSCs. Although the meso push-pull structural arrangement has shown, up to now, to have the best performing architecture for solar cell applications, we have obtained superior energy conversion efficiencies for ZnB (6.1%) rather than for ZnM (3.9%), by using the I-/I3 -based electrolyte. To gain deeper insights about these unexpected results, we have investigated whether the intrinsic structural features of the two different porphyrinic dyes can play a key role on electron transfer processes occurring at the dye-sensitized TiO2 interface. We have found that charge injection yields into TiO2 are quite similar for both dyes and that the regeneration efficiencies by I-, are also comparable and in the range of 75-85%. Moreover, besides injection quantum yields above 80%, identical dye loading, for both ZnB and ZnM, has been evidenced by spectrophotometric measurements on transparent thin TiO2 layers after the same adsorption period. Conversely, major differences have emerged by DC and AC (electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) photoelectrochemical investigations, pointing out a slower charge recombination rate when ZnB is adsorbed on TiO2. This may result from its more sterically hindered macrocyclic core which, besides guaranteeing a decrease of π-staking aggregation of the dye, promotes a superior shielding of the TiO2 surface against charge recombination involving oxidized species of the electrolyte

Di Carlo, G., Caramori, S., Trifiletti, V., Giannuzzi, R., De Marco, L., Pizzotti, M., et al. (2014). Influence of porphyrinic structure on electron transfer processes at the electrolyte/dye/TiO2 interface in PSSCs: A comparison between meso push-pull and ß-pyrrolic architectures. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 6(18), 15841-15852 [10.1021/am503113x].

Influence of porphyrinic structure on electron transfer processes at the electrolyte/dye/TiO2 interface in PSSCs: A comparison between meso push-pull and ß-pyrrolic architectures

Trifiletti, V;
2014

Abstract

Time-resolved photophysical and photoelectrochemical investigations have been carried out to compare the electron transfer dynamics of a 2-ß-substituted tetraarylporphyrinic dye (ZnB) and a 5,15-meso-disubstituted diarylporphyrinic one (ZnM) at the electrolyte/dye/TiO2 interface in PSSCs. Although the meso push-pull structural arrangement has shown, up to now, to have the best performing architecture for solar cell applications, we have obtained superior energy conversion efficiencies for ZnB (6.1%) rather than for ZnM (3.9%), by using the I-/I3 -based electrolyte. To gain deeper insights about these unexpected results, we have investigated whether the intrinsic structural features of the two different porphyrinic dyes can play a key role on electron transfer processes occurring at the dye-sensitized TiO2 interface. We have found that charge injection yields into TiO2 are quite similar for both dyes and that the regeneration efficiencies by I-, are also comparable and in the range of 75-85%. Moreover, besides injection quantum yields above 80%, identical dye loading, for both ZnB and ZnM, has been evidenced by spectrophotometric measurements on transparent thin TiO2 layers after the same adsorption period. Conversely, major differences have emerged by DC and AC (electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) photoelectrochemical investigations, pointing out a slower charge recombination rate when ZnB is adsorbed on TiO2. This may result from its more sterically hindered macrocyclic core which, besides guaranteeing a decrease of π-staking aggregation of the dye, promotes a superior shielding of the TiO2 surface against charge recombination involving oxidized species of the electrolyte
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Interfacial dynamics; Porphyrins; Recombination; Regeneration kinetics; Solar cell; Materials Science (all)
English
2014
6
18
15841
15852
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Di Carlo, G., Caramori, S., Trifiletti, V., Giannuzzi, R., De Marco, L., Pizzotti, M., et al. (2014). Influence of porphyrinic structure on electron transfer processes at the electrolyte/dye/TiO2 interface in PSSCs: A comparison between meso push-pull and ß-pyrrolic architectures. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 6(18), 15841-15852 [10.1021/am503113x].
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