JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE-MATERIALS IN ELECTRONICS, vol.29, no.13, pp.11045-11058, 2018 (SCI-Expanded)
Two groups Ru(II) complexes, (1A-C and 2A) (A-C = 2,6-bis(2-benzimidazolyl)pyridines, bbpy, with various substituents at 2-, 5-, and 6-positions) have been prepared and applied for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The compounds were characterized by various techniques. The optical and electrical properties of sensitizers were investigated with UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. High power conversion efficiencies up to 5.16%, have been achieved with 2Ae. Current-voltage characteristics of DSSCs clearly affected by the changing of the ligands at sensitizers. Additionally, computational studies show that locations of frontier molecular orbitals are significantly important for power-conversion efficiencies in DSSCs.