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Transparent p-type semiconductors for efficient solar energy capture, conversion and storage.

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Project "p-TYPE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KINGS GATE
postcode: NE1 7RU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙499˙840 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙840 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2022-12-31


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 Project objective

This proposal will develop new transparent p-type semiconductors that will make dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) a vastly more efficient and a realistic prospect for carbon-free energy generation worldwide. Two key challenges will be addressed: (1) a means of converting NIR radiation to increase the amount of sunlight utilised from 35% to over 70%; (2) a means of storing the energy. Almost all the research in the field is based on dye or “perovskite” sensitized TiO2 (n-type) solar cells, which are limited by their poor spectral response in the red-NIR. pTYPE approaches the problem differently: tandem DSCs will be developed which combine a n-type and a p-type DSC in a single p/n device. This increases the theoretical efficiency from 33% to 43% by extending the spectral response without sacrificing the voltage. The device will be modified with catalysts to convert H2O or CO2 and sunlight into fuel without using sacrificial reagents that limit the efficiency of current systems. An efficient tandem DSC has not yet been developed because p-type DSCs are much less efficient than n-type cells. As an independent Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellow I increased the photocurrent by developing new dyes. This project will exploit this breakthrough by increasing the voltage, which is currently limited by the NiO semiconductor conventionally used. I will rapidly synthesise libraries of alternative p-type semiconductors; select promising candidates based on key criteria which can be measured on a single sample within minutes: transparency and dye adsorption (for high light harvesting efficiency by the dye), conductivity (for high charge collection efficiency) and valence band potential (for high voltage); assemble the new materials in tandem DSCs. As one of the few researchers experienced in preparing, characterising and optimising each aspect of this photoelectrochemical system, I aim to match the efficiency from TiO2 with p-type DSCs to obtain tandem efficiencies above 20%.


List of deliverables.
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2019-05-31 18:17:17

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year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ankita Kolay, Nathan T. Z. Potts, Kripasindhu Sardar, Elizabeth A. Gibson, Melepurath Deepa
A dual-function photoelectrochemical solar cell which assimilates light-harvesting, charge-transport and photoelectrochromic nanomaterials in a tandem design
published pages: 514-528, ISSN: 2398-4902, DOI: 10.1039/c8se00548f
Sustainable Energy & Fuels 3/2 2019-09-05
2019 Elisabetta Benazzi, Gareth H. Summers, Fiona A. Black, Igor V. Sazanovich, Ian P. Clark, Elizabeth A. Gibson
Assembly, charge-transfer and solar cell performance with porphyrin-C 60 on NiO for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells
published pages: 20180338, ISSN: 1364-503X, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2018.0338
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 377/2152 2019-09-05
2018 Claus Hierlinger, Heather V. Flint, David B. Cordes, Alexandra M.Z. Slawin, Elizabeth A. Gibson, Denis Jacquemin, Véronique Guerchais, Eli Zysman-Colman
A panchromatic, near infrared Ir(III) emitter bearing a tripodal C^N^C ligand as a dye for dye-sensitized solar cells
published pages: 109-115, ISSN: 0277-5387, DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2017.12.003
Polyhedron 140 2019-06-13
2019 Elisabetta Benazzi, John Mallows, Gareth H. Summers, Fiona A. Black, Elizabeth A. Gibson
Developing photocathode materials for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells
published pages: 10409-10445, ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/c9tc01822k
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 7/34 2019-09-05
2019 Anil Reddy Marri, Fiona A. Black, John Mallows, Elizabeth A. Gibson, John Fielden
Pyridinium p-DSSC dyes: An old acceptor learns new tricks
published pages: 508-517, ISSN: 0143-7208, DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2019.02.044
Dyes and Pigments 165 2019-09-05

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