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Three new metal-free organic dyes with the [1]benzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophene (BTBT) π-bridge, having the structure donor-π-acceptor (D-π-A) and labeled as 19, 20 and 21, have been designed and synthesized for application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Once the design of the π-acceptor block was fixed, containing the BTBT as the π-bridge and the cyanoacrylic group as the electron acceptor and anchoring unit, we selected three donor units with different electron-donor capacity, in order to assemble new chromophores with high molar extinction coefficients (ε), whose absorption features well reflect the good performance of the final DSSC devices. Starting with the 19 dye, which shows a molar extinction coefficient ε of over 14,000 M–1 cm–1 and takes into account the absorption maximun at the longer wavelength, the substitution of the BFT donor unit with the BFA yields a great enhancement of …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
15 Apr 2016

Agostina L Capodilupo, Eduardo Fabiano, Luisa De Marco, Giuseppe Ciccarella, Giuseppe Gigli, Carmela Martinelli, Antonio Cardone

Biblio References: 
Volume: 81 Issue: 8 Pages: 3235-3245
The Journal of Organic Chemistry