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Advances in OptoElectronics
Volume 2011, Article ID 424071, 5 pages
Research Article

Comparative Study between Dye-Sensitized and CdS Quantum-Dots-Sensitized TiO2 Solar Cells Using Photoinduced Absorption Spectroscopy

1CRC, Department of Optometry, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 10219, Riyadh 11433, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Physical Chemistry, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 579, 75123 Uppsala, Sweden

Received 15 June 2011; Accepted 6 September 2011

Academic Editor: Surya Prakash Singh

Copyright © 2011 Idriss Bedja and Anders Hagfeldt. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Two 8 μm thick TiO2 photoelectrodes have been sensitized separately by N719 dye molecules and CdS quantum dots for a comparison study. Photoinduced absorption (PIA) spectroscopy was employed to investigate the mechanistic properties of electrons under illumination conditions comparable to sunlight. The PIA spectrum of both electrodes (in the presence of electrolyte) is due to electrons in TiO2 and iodine radicals I 2 . in the electrolyte. In the absence of redox electrolyte, both electrodes show long-lived photoinduced charge-separation with lifetime in a millisecond range (8.5 ms for Q-dot-sensitized TiO2 and 11.5 ms for dye-sensitized TiO2).