Theoretical investigation of the photophysical properties of black dye sensitizer [(H3-tctpy)M(NCS)3]- (M = Fe, Ru, Os) in dye sensitized solar cells

Agalya Govindasamy, Chen Lv, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Michihisa Koyama, Akira Endou, Hiromitsu Takaba, Momoji Kubo, Carlos A. Del Carpio, Akira Miyamoto

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Abstract

The electronic properties and optical absorption spectrum of the photovoltaic sensitizer [(H3-tctpy)M(NCS)3]- (M = Fe, Ru and Os) in ethanol solvent are investigated using density functional theory/time-dependent density functional theory. The calculated absorption spectrum is in agreement with experiment for ruthenium complex, thus allowing an assignment of UV-visible spectral features of the dye. Red shift in the absorption spectrum is observed moving down the group from iron to osmium. The observed red shift in ruthenium and osmium complexes appears to be related to the destabilization of the occupied orbitals with t2g-NCS π* character. In osmium complex, the increase in the orbital splitting energy d (t2g-eg) is found due to the destabilization of the e g orbitals. The weak d-d transitions are observed only in iron and ruthenium complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2655-2660
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Volume46
Issue number4 B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 24

Keywords

  • Absorption spectrum
  • Black dye sensitizer
  • Density functional theory
  • Dye-sensitized solar cell
  • Time-dependent density functional theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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