Review on the development of natural dye photosensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cells

Norasikin Ahmad Ludin, A. M. Al-Alwani Mahmoud, Abu Bakar Mohamad, Abdul Amir H. Kadhum, Kamaruzzaman Sopian, Nor Shazlinah Abdul Karim

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Abstract

Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) provides credible alternative concept for inorganic solid-state photovoltaic devices. The conversion efficiency of DSSC is mainly based on the dye coated on the porous semiconductor TiO2 film. The use of natural dyes in solar cells is a promising development to this technology because it cuts down the high cost of noble metals and chemical synthesis. Therefore, this type of solar cell has attracted considerable attention from the academic and industrial communities. Numerous kinds of pigments, such as anthocyanin, carotenoid, chlorophyll, and flavonoid, extracted from various plant components, such as leaves, fruits, and flowers, have been tested as sensitizers. The photostability of the DSSC sensitizer material must be capable of undergoing many redox cycles without decomposition, and must also have the ability to carry attachment groups, such as phosphonate or carboxylate, to promptly graft it to the TiO2 oxide. This paper highlights and discusses the development of natural dye photosensitizers and the mechanisms affecting the dye stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-396
Number of pages11
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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Photosensitizers
Dyes
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Anthocyanins
Flavonoids
Chlorophyll
Precious metals
Fruits
Pigments
Grafts
Conversion efficiency
Semiconductor materials
Decomposition
Oxides
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Costs

Keywords

  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • Natural dye
  • Photosensitizers
  • Stability

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Review on the development of natural dye photosensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cells. / Ahmad Ludin, Norasikin; Al-Alwani Mahmoud, A. M.; Mohamad, Abu Bakar; Kadhum, Abdul Amir H.; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Abdul Karim, Nor Shazlinah.

In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 31, 03.2014, p. 386-396.

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Ahmad Ludin, Norasikin ; Al-Alwani Mahmoud, A. M. ; Mohamad, Abu Bakar ; Kadhum, Abdul Amir H. ; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman ; Abdul Karim, Nor Shazlinah. / Review on the development of natural dye photosensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cells. In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2014 ; Vol. 31. pp. 386-396.
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