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Advances in OptoElectronics
Volume 2012, Article ID 482074, 10 pages
Research Article

Substitution of Ethynyl-Thiophene Chromophores on Ruthenium Sensitizers: Influence on Thermal and Photovoltaic Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

1Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Division, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Uppal Road, Tarnaka, Hyderabad 500 607, India
2Aisin Cosmos R&D Co. Ltd, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Uppal Road, Tarnaka, Hyderabad 500 607, India

Received 30 April 2011; Accepted 10 October 2011

Academic Editor: Surya Prakash Singh

Copyright © 2012 Malapaka Chandrasekharam et al. 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.


A new high molar extinction coefficient ruthenium(II) bipyridyl complex, “Ru(2,2-bipyridine-4,4-dicarboxylic acid)(4,4-bis((3-hexylthiophen-2-yl)ethynyl)-2,2-bipyridine)(NCS)2 (N(C4H9)4), MC101” was synthesized and fully characterized by 1H-NMR, ESI-MASS, FT-IR, UV-Vis., and fluorescence spectroscopes. The dye showed relatively high molar extinction coefficient of 25.0 × 103 M-1 cm-1 at λ maximum of 544 nm, while the reference C101 has shown 15.8 × 103 M-1cm-1 at λ maximum 528 nm. The monochromatic incident photon-to-collected electron conversion efficiency of 44.1% was obtained for MC101 over the entire visible range, while the C101 sensitized solar cell fabricated and evaluated under identical conditions exhibited 40.1%. The DSSCs fabricated with 0.54 cm2 active area TiO2 electrodes and high efficient electrolyte (E01), from the sensitizers MC101 and C101 exhibited energy conversion efficiencies of 3.25% (short-circuit current density (JSC) = 7.32 mA/cm2, VOC = 610 mV, ff = 0.725) and 2.94% (JSC = 6.60 mA/cm2; VOC = 630 mV; ff = 0.709), respectively, under air mass of 1.5 sunlight.