Energy and Environmental Engineering Vol. 3(4), pp. 94 - 99
DOI: 10.13189/eee.2015.030403
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Natural Light-harvesting Sensitizers for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell


Sunil Yadav 1, Shaichi Sen Jenny 1, Asif Ahmed 1, Lawrence Amadi 1, Fred L. Nesbitt 1, Aisha Ward 1, William Ghann 1, Destiny Brown 1, Jamal Uddin 1,*, Md. Faruque Hossain 2, Md. Nizam Uddin 3
1 Center for Nanotechnology, Department of Natural Sciences, Coppin State University, USA
2 School of Business Administration, American International University-Bangladesh, Bangladesh
3 Department of Chemistry, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

ABSTRACT

Natural pigments containing anthocyanidins extracted from 14 fruit samples were studied as possible sensitizers for the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The Dyes extracted from pomegranate and berry families are reported as candidates for DSSC with a lead current between 0.5-3.98 (mA) and a voltage of 150-350 (mV), and so could be used as photosensitizers in the construction of affordable and low cost DSSC especially for educational purposes. Based on direct sunlight illumination, pomegranate dye had the maximum efficiency in energy conversion (0.22%) followed by, raspberry (0.16%), blackberry (0.14%), blueberry (0.05%) and red grape (0.02%).

KEYWORDS
Natural Fruit Dyes, Titanium-dioxide (TiO2), Fluorine-Doped Tin-Oxide (ITO), Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC)

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Sunil Yadav , Shaichi Sen Jenny , Asif Ahmed , Lawrence Amadi , Fred L. Nesbitt , Aisha Ward , William Ghann , Destiny Brown , Jamal Uddin , Md. Faruque Hossain , Md. Nizam Uddin (2015). Natural Light-harvesting Sensitizers for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell. Energy and Environmental Engineering, 3 , 94 - 99. doi: 10.13189/eee.2015.030403.