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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 32, Number 7
BKCSDE 32(7)
July 20, 2011 

Influence of para-orientating Methoxyl Units on the Electronic Structures and Light Absorption Properties of the Triphenylamine-based dyes by DFT Study
Guijie Liang*, Jie Xu, Weilin Xu,*, Luoxin Wang, Xiaolin Shen, Mu Yao
Dye-sensitized solar cells, Density functional theory, Electronic structure, Absorption spectra
The geometries, electronic structures and absorption spectra of the two organic triphenylamine-based dyes TASt- CA and TA-DM-CA, containing identical electron donors and acceptors but the different conjugated bridges, were studied by density functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP and PBE1PBE levels, respectively. The influence of para-orientating methoxyl units on the electronic structures and light absorption properties of the dyes and the consequent photovoltaic performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were investigated in detail. The results indicate that the introduction of the para-orientating methoxyl units into the conjugated bridge induces the increased absorption wavelength as well as the more negative EHOMO corresponding to the bigger driving force ( − EHOMO) for dye reduction, which together improve the photovoltaic performance of TA-DM-CA, although there is a decline of the open circuit voltage caused by the more negative ELUMO.
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