Das, Partha Pratim and Roy, Anurag and Das, Sumita and Sujatha Devi, P (2016) Enhanced stability of Zn2SnO4 with N719, N3 and eosin Y dye molecules for DSSC application. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (3). pp. 1429-1438. ISSN 1463-9076

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In view of the increased prospects of Zn2SnO4 as an alternative photoanode for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), we synthesized phase pure Zn2SnO4 nanostructures by a cost effective sonochemical technique. In order to establish the stability of this alternative photoanode in DSSCs, we further explored the interaction of the synthesized Zn2SnO4 with commonly used photosensitizers in DSSCs, such as N3, N719 and eosin Y. Based on the time dependent optical studies we could establish the prominence of anchoring groups in controlling the dye loading. Optical studies confirmed an enhanced stable interaction of Zn2SnO4 with all the studied sensitizers which could be beneficial in designing DSSC devices in future. In addition, we also established contact angle measurement as an indirect tool to understand the surface characteristics and thereby optimize the dye loading and stability of the photoanode surface. With the help of contact angle data, we could unequivocally establish the stability of the Zn2SnO4 photoanode surface modified with N3 and N719 dye molecules. Our studies further suggest the enhanced and superior stability of the prepared Zn2SnO4 compared to ZnO in different chemical environments. The quenching of the fluorescence and the abrupt decrease in the contact angle owing to an increase in the surface roughness further strengthen the above conclusion. To our best knowledge, this probably is the first report on the synthesis of Zn2SnO4 by a sonochemical process and its interaction with various photosensitizers. An exceptionally high open circuit voltage of >0.8 V was observed for all the devices fabricated with the synthesized ZTO as a photoanode. Our studies could pave way to future developments in the area of DSSCs using Zn2SnO4 as a photoanode.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Electronics
Divisions: Sensor and Actuator
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 07:48
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 07:48
URI: http://cgcri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/3651

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