In the last few years, copper complexes turned out to be excellent competitors of cobalt complexes as redox mediators in the formulation of iodine-free electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The lack of a clear correlation between electrochemical signatures of copper complexes (i.e. half-wave potential and heterogeneous electron transfer rate) and photoelectrochemical performance of solar devices makes difficult the optimization of their coordination sphere. Therefore, to partially fill this gap and to elucidate the intrinsic correlation between the molecular architecture of these complexes and their electrochemical features, we prepared four Cu+/2+ redox couples in which the copper center is coordinated by two 1,10-phenanthrolines with different substituents in position 2. These complexes were characterized, from both electrochemical and spectroscopic point of view, and tested as electron shuttles in photoelectrochemical cells sensitized with two efficient pi-extended benzothiadiazole dyes. It appeared that 2-aryl-1,10-phenanthrolines effectively combine suitable optical and electrochemical properties. While a fast electron transfer kinetics seems to positively affect the dye regeneration process, a more balanced value leads to an increase of the overall DSSC performance.

Bis(1,10-phenanthroline) copper complexes with tailored molecular architecture: from electrochemical features to application as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells / M. Fontani, A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, M. Magni, D.M. Roberto, E. Benazzi, S. Caramori, R. Grisorio, G. Paolo Suranna, M. Pia Cipolla, M. Manca. ((Intervento presentato al 1. convegno Enerchem School tenutosi a Firenze nel 2018.

Bis(1,10-phenanthroline) copper complexes with tailored molecular architecture: from electrochemical features to application as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells

Mattia Fontani;Alessia Colombo;Claudia Dragonetti;Mirko Magni;Dominique Roberto;
2018-02

Abstract

In the last few years, copper complexes turned out to be excellent competitors of cobalt complexes as redox mediators in the formulation of iodine-free electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The lack of a clear correlation between electrochemical signatures of copper complexes (i.e. half-wave potential and heterogeneous electron transfer rate) and photoelectrochemical performance of solar devices makes difficult the optimization of their coordination sphere. Therefore, to partially fill this gap and to elucidate the intrinsic correlation between the molecular architecture of these complexes and their electrochemical features, we prepared four Cu+/2+ redox couples in which the copper center is coordinated by two 1,10-phenanthrolines with different substituents in position 2. These complexes were characterized, from both electrochemical and spectroscopic point of view, and tested as electron shuttles in photoelectrochemical cells sensitized with two efficient pi-extended benzothiadiazole dyes. It appeared that 2-aryl-1,10-phenanthrolines effectively combine suitable optical and electrochemical properties. While a fast electron transfer kinetics seems to positively affect the dye regeneration process, a more balanced value leads to an increase of the overall DSSC performance.
dye-sensitized solar cell; redox mediator; electrolyte; copper complex; copper coordination compound; electrochemistry
Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica
Settore CHIM/03 - Chimica Generale e Inorganica
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Bis(1,10-phenanthroline) copper complexes with tailored molecular architecture: from electrochemical features to application as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells / M. Fontani, A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, M. Magni, D.M. Roberto, E. Benazzi, S. Caramori, R. Grisorio, G. Paolo Suranna, M. Pia Cipolla, M. Manca. ((Intervento presentato al 1. convegno Enerchem School tenutosi a Firenze nel 2018.
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