Faculty Advisor

Brodeur, Drew R

Abstract

To improve the hybrid dye-sensitized solar cell (HDSSC)Â’s efficiency, new metal-phthalocyanine solutions were employed. In this research, copper, silver, and zinc phthalocyanine were synthesized and applied as molecular sensitizers into the cells. It was hypothesized that HDSSCs based on metal-phthalocyanines would generate better efficiency than those made of phthalocyanine dyes. UV-Visible spectroscopy was the first test to verify if three metals were successfully chelated into the metal cores of phthalocyanines. Depend on particular lighting conditions; the optimal energy efficiency of these HDSSCs of 1.6% has been reached.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Chemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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