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A Heteroleptic Bis(tridentate) Ruthenium(II) Platform Featuring an Anionic 1,2,3-Triazolate-Based Ligand for Application in the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

TitleA Heteroleptic Bis(tridentate) Ruthenium(II) Platform Featuring an Anionic 1,2,3-Triazolate-Based Ligand for Application in the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSinn, S, Schulze, B, Friebe, C, Brown, DG, Jaeger, M, Kuebel, J, Dietzek, B, Berlinguette, CP, Schubert, US
JournalINORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Volume53
Pagination1637-1645
Date PublishedFEB 3
ISSN0020-1669
Abstract

A series of bis(tridentate) ruthenium(II) complexes featuring new anionic 1,2,3-triazolate-based tridentate ligands and 2,2':6',2 `'-terpyridine is presented. For a complex equipped with carboxy anchoring groups, the performance in a dye-sensitized solar cell is evaluated. The title complexes are readily synthesized and can be decorated with alkyl chains utilizing azide-alkyne cycloaddition methods, in order to improve the device stability and allow the use of alternative electrolytes. On account of the strong electron donation from the 1,2,3-triazolates, the complexes exhibit a broad metal-to-ligand charge-transfer absorption (up to 700 nm), leading to an electron transfer toward the anchoring ligand. The lifetimes of the charge-separated excited states are in the range of 50 to 80 ns. In addition, the ground- and excited-state redox potentials are appropriate for the application in dye-sensitized solar cells, as demonstrated by power conversion efficiencies of up to 4.9% (vs 6.1% for N749).

DOI10.1021/ic402701v