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Portrait of Arkady Yartsev. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Arkady Yartsev

Researcher

Portrait of Arkady Yartsev. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Photoinduced Charge Carrier Dynamics of Zn-Porphyrin-TiO(2) Electrodes: The Key Role of Charge Recombination for Solar Cell Performance (†).

Author

  • Hiroshi Imahori
  • Soonchul Kang
  • Hironobu Hayashi
  • Mitsutaka Haruta
  • Hiroki Kurata
  • Seiji Isoda
  • Sophie Canton
  • Yingyot Infahsaeng
  • Arunkumar Kathiravan
  • Torbjörn Pascher
  • Pavel Chabera
  • Arkady Yartsev
  • Villy Sundström

Summary, in English

Time resolved absorption spectroscopy has been used to study photoinduced electron injection and charge recombination in Zn-porphyrin sensitized nanostructured TiO(2) electrodes. The electron transfer dynamics is correlated to the performance of dye sensitized solar cells based on the same electrodes. We find that the dye/semiconductor binding can be described with a heterogeneous geometry where the Zn-porphyrin molecules are attached to the TiO(2) surface with a distribution of tilt angles. The binding angle determines the porphyrin-semiconductor electron transfer distance and charge transfer occurs through space, rather than through the bridge connecting the porphyrin to the surface. For short sensitization times (1 h), there is a direct correlation between solar cell efficiency and amplitude of the kinetic component due to long-lived conduction band electrons, once variations in light harvesting (surface coverage) have been taken into account. Long sensitization time (12 h) results in decreased solar cell efficiency because of decreased efficiency of electron injection.

Department/s

  • Chemical Physics
  • NanoLund: Center for Nanoscience

Publishing year

2011

Language

English

Pages

3679-3690

Publication/Series

Journal of physical chemistry. A

Volume

115

Issue

16

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

The American Chemical Society (ACS)

Topic

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1520-5215