Biomimetic Dye Aggregate Solar Cells, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3319006363
  • ISBN-13: 9783319006369
  • DDC: 621.31244
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 163 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This thesis describes a new approach to the construction of solar cells. Following nature's example, this approach has the goal to find a biomimetic self-assembling dye, whose aggregates can mimic the natural light-harvesting system of special photosynthetic active bacteria. The thesis investigates methods to control the self-assembly such that suitable dye aggregates are formed with high internal order and size-confinement. The dye aggregates can be implemented into a new type of solar cells, designed to combine the advantages of hybrid solar cells and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ss-DSSCs): dye aggregate solar cells (DASCs). This book describes the construction and first tests of a prototype for DASCs on the basis of the investigated dye aggregates. The described approach has the advantage that it will enable to build up a light-harvesting system fully synthetically in large scale in order to realize low-cost, light-weight and environmentally friendly solar cells - a worthwhile goal towards the exploitation of clean energy from sunlight.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Supervisor's Foreword.
1: Introduction.
2: Biomimetic Light-Harvesting.
3: Theory and Literature Survey: Biomimetic Light-Harvesting.
4: Controlling the Self-Assembly of Zinc Porphyrin P2.
5: Conclusion: Biomimetic Light-Harvesting.
6: Application of BLH to Solar Cells.
7: Theory and Literature Survey: Application of BLH to Solar Cells.
8: Construction of Solar Cells.
9: Results and Discussion: Application of BLH to Solar Cells.
10: Conclusion: Application of BLH to Solar Cells.
11: General Conclusion.
12: Outlook.
Literature Survey of Recipes for DSSCs and ss-DSSCs.
Curriculum Vitae.