Natural dyes have become a viable alternative to expensive and rare organic sensitizers because of their low cost, easy attainability, abundance of supply of raw materials and environmental friendliness. Chlorophyll, the most abundant pigment, can be extracted from plant leaves with simple and inexpensive methods, but it’s diffi cult to use as a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) sensitizer due to the absence of OH and COOH groups. The opposite is true for xanthophylls, a particular class of carotenoids that contain free hydroxyl groups and thus may be considered as potential DSSC sensitizers. In this work we describe a new and inexpensive method of chlorophyll extraction from leaves based on the use of a basic solvent that provides the creation of COOH groups, allowing chlorophyll binding on the TiO2 layer. This modifi ed chlorophyll dye showed a higher DSSC effi ciency level (0.72%) compared to xanthophylls, which had lower efficiency.

Rossi, M., Matteocci, F., Di Carlo, A., Forni, C. (2017). Chlorophylls and xanthophylls of crop plants as dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC). JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCE AND PHYTOPATHOLOGY, 1, 087-094.

Chlorophylls and xanthophylls of crop plants as dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC)

Rossi, M;Matteocci, F
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Di Carlo, A;Forni, C.
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2017-10-10

Abstract

Natural dyes have become a viable alternative to expensive and rare organic sensitizers because of their low cost, easy attainability, abundance of supply of raw materials and environmental friendliness. Chlorophyll, the most abundant pigment, can be extracted from plant leaves with simple and inexpensive methods, but it’s diffi cult to use as a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) sensitizer due to the absence of OH and COOH groups. The opposite is true for xanthophylls, a particular class of carotenoids that contain free hydroxyl groups and thus may be considered as potential DSSC sensitizers. In this work we describe a new and inexpensive method of chlorophyll extraction from leaves based on the use of a basic solvent that provides the creation of COOH groups, allowing chlorophyll binding on the TiO2 layer. This modifi ed chlorophyll dye showed a higher DSSC effi ciency level (0.72%) compared to xanthophylls, which had lower efficiency.
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chlorophyll, xanthophyll, dye, DSSC
Rossi, M., Matteocci, F., Di Carlo, A., Forni, C. (2017). Chlorophylls and xanthophylls of crop plants as dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC). JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCE AND PHYTOPATHOLOGY, 1, 087-094.
Rossi, M; Matteocci, F; Di Carlo, A; Forni, C
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