Synthesis and Photovoltaic Properties of Boron β-Ketoiminate Dyes Forming A Linear Donor-π-Acceptor Structure.

Research paper by Yuki Y Sakura, Fumina F Yumioka, Takashi T Funaki, Katsuhiko K Ono

Indexed on: 13 May '20Published on: 13 May '20Published in: Chemistry - An Asian Journal


Organoboron complexes are of interest as chromophores for dye sensitizers owing to their light-harvesting and carrier-transporting properties. In this study, compounds containing boron β-ketoiminate (BKI) as a chromophore were synthesized and used as dye sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells. The new dyes were orange or red crystals and showed maximum absorptions in the 410-450 nm wavelength region on titanium dioxide substrates. These electrodes exhibited maximum efficiencies of over 80% in incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency spectra, suggesting that the continuous process of light absorption-excitation-electron injection was effectively performed. Open-circuit photovoltages were relatively high owing to the large dipole moments of the BKI dyes with a linear molecular structure. Thus, a maximum power conversion efficiency of 5.3% was successfully observed. Comparison of BKI dyes with boron β-diketonate dyes revealed certain differences in solution stability, spectral properties, and photovoltaic characteristics. © 2020 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.