Photovoltaic performance of MOF-derived transition metal doped titania-based photoanodes for DSSCs

C. Nizamudeen, R. Krishnapriya, M. S. Mozumder, Abdel Hamid Mourad, T. Ramachandran

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Abstract

The enduring effort toward stabilizing and improving the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has stirred the solar research community to follow innovative approaches. Current research centered on electrode materials design, which improves photoanodes' light-harvesting efficiency (LHE). Metal–Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a new family of materials that can be used as competent materials due to their desirable qualities, including high porosity, flexible synthesis methodology, high thermal and chemical stability, and good light-harvesting capabilities. MOF-derived porous photoanodes can effectively adsorb dye molecules and improve LHE, resulting in high power conversion efficiency (PCE). Doping is a prospective methodology to tune the bandgap and broaden spectral absorption. Hence, a novel and cost-effective synthesis of high surface area transition metal (TM) doped TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs) via the metal–organic framework route for DSSCs is reported here. Among the TM dopants (i.e., Mn, Fe, Ni), a remarkable PCE of 7.03% was obtained for nickel-doped samples with increased Jsc (14.66 mA/cm2) due to the bandgap narrowing and porous morphology of TiO2. The findings were further confirmed using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and dye-desorption experiments. The present study expedites a promising way to enhance the LHE for many innovative optoelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6345
JournalScientific reports
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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