Dye Uptake in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Open Access
Author:
Thakur, Tanvi
Area of Honors:
Engineering Science
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Mark William Horn, Thesis Supervisor
  • Christine Masters, Honors Advisor
  • Judith A Todd, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • thin film
  • solar cells
  • dye uptake
  • efficiency
Abstract:
Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) represent a new frontier in solar cell technology. This study looks at the influence of N719 dye used within the cell. The dye forms a monolayer on the TiO2 surface and acts as source for the re-dox reaction that drives the cell. Using electrodes constructed from both structured thin film TiO2 and colloidal paste TiO2 upon conductive glass, cells were constructed and their efficiency was investigated.