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Novel triphenylamine (TPA)-based organic dyes were synthesized and assessed for their performance in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In the dyes considered the TPA group and the cyanoacetic acid have the role of electron-donor and -acceptor, respectively, whereas a thienyl–fluoro-phenyl-substituted was introduced as π-linker to improve the dye performance in DSSCs. Experimental characterizations empasize that the presence of electron withdrawing substituents in the linker close to the electron-acceptor moiety leads to a more efficient intramolecular photoinduced charge transfer. In fact, photovoltaic experiments reveal that the DSSCs based on the thienyl–o-fluoro-phenyl substituted dyes yield a better solar-energy-to-electricity conversion efficiency.
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2013

Angela Scrascia, Luisa De Marco, Savio Laricchia, Rosaria Anna Picca, Claudia Carlucci, Eduardo Fabiano, Agostina Lina Capodilupo, Fabio Della Sala, Giuseppe Gigli, Giuseppe Ciccarella

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Volume: 1 Issue: 38 Pages: 11909-11921
Journal of Materials Chemistry A