Temperature-dependent infrared spectrum of (Bu4N)2[Ru(dcbpyH)2-(NCS)2] on nanocrystalline TiO2 surfaces

Yeonju Park, Young Mee Jung, Subrata Sarker, Jae Joon Lee, Yunhee Lee, Kangtaek Lee, Jung Jin Oh, Sang Woo Joo

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The thermal degradation behavior of the self-assembled thin films of (Bu4N)2[Ru(dcbpyH)2-(NCS)2] (N719) anchoring on TiO2 surfaces via its carboxylate group has been studied using temperature-dependent diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy. Our analysis indicate that the decomposition temperature of N719 appeared to be at ≈270 °C on TiO2 surfaces, whereas such decompositions occurred at temperatures higher than ≈340 °C in their solid states as line with the thermal analysis data. This change was also found to be irreversible, if heated above 100 °C on TiO2 surfaces. Our 2D correlation spectroscopy and principal component analysis (PCA) applied to the temperature-dependent DRIFT spectra supported that the thermal degradation mechanism for N719 should differ in its solid state and on TiO2 powder surfaces. The NCS stretching vibrational intensities of the neat N719 vibrations were found to shift from 2102 to 1975 cm-1 increase with increase in temperatures, whereas similar vibration changes from 2095 to 2008 cm-1 were observed for N719 attached to TiO2. Referring from the open-circuit potential, short-circuit, fill factor, and efficiency measurements for the N719 dye-loaded photoelectrodes depending on temperature, the NCS stretching band at ∼2008 cm-1 on TiO2 surfaces appeared to be correlated with the thermal degradation of the DSSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-864
Number of pages8
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (no. 2009-0065428 ), the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2008-0062166), and the National Research Foundation ( 2009-0074905 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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