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Title: Dye-sensitized solar cells : fundamentals and current status
Authors: Sharma, Khushboo
Sharma, Vinay
Sharma, S. S.
Keywords: Photoanode
Dye-sensitized Solar Cells
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Sharma, K., Sharma, V., & Sharma, S. S. (2018). Dye-sensitized solar cells : fundamentals and current status. Nanoscale Research Letters, 13(1), 381-. doi: 10.1186/s11671-018-2760-6
Series/Report no.: Nanoscale Research Letters
Abstract: Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) belong to the group of thin-film solar cells which have been under extensive research for more than two decades due to their low cost, simple preparation methodology, low toxicity and ease of production. Still, there is lot of scope for the replacement of current DSSC materials due to their high cost, less abundance, and long-term stability. The efficiency of existing DSSCs reaches up to 12%, using Ru(II) dyes by optimizing material and structural properties which is still less than the efficiency offered by first- and second-generation solar cells, i.e., other thin-film solar cells and Si-based solar cells which offer ~ 20–30% efficiency. This article provides an in-depth review on DSSC construction, operating principle, key problems (low efficiency, low scalability, and low stability), prospective efficient materials, and finally a brief insight to commercialization.
ISSN: 1931-7573
Rights: © 2018 The Author(s). This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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