Adsorption and redox chemistry of cis-RuLL'(SCN)(2) with L=4,4'-dicarboxylic acid-2,2'-bipyridine and L'=4,4'-dinonyl-2,2'-bipyridine (Z907) at FTO and TiO2 electrode surfaces

Alberto Fattori, Laurence M. Peter, Keri L. McCall, Neil Robertson, Frank Marken

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Abstract

The electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical properties of the sensitizer dye Z907 (cis-RuLL'(SCN)(2) with L=4,4'-dicarboxylic acid-2,2'-bipyridine and L'=4,4'-dinonyl-2,2'-bipyridine) adsorbed on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and TiO2 surfaces have been investigated. Langmuirian binding constants for FTO and TiO2 are estimated to be 3 x 10(6) M-1 and 4 x 10(4) M-1, respectively. The Ru(III/II) redox process is monitored by voltammetry and by spectroelectrochemistry. For Z907 adsorbed onto FTO, a slow EC-type electrochemical reaction is observed with a chemical rate constant of ca. k = 10(-2) s(-1) leading to Z907 dye degradation of a fraction of the FTO-adsorbed dye. The Z907 adsorption conditions affect the degradation process. No significant degradation was observed for TiO2-adsorbed dye. Degradation of the Z907 dye affects the electron hopping conduction at the FTO-TiO2 interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1929-1936
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solid State Electrochemistry
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Solar cell
  • Sensitizer
  • Dye
  • TiO2
  • FTO
  • Voltammetry
  • Mechanism
  • Conduction
  • Semiconductor
  • (2,2'-BIPYRIDYL-4,4'-DICARBOXYLIC ACID)RUTHENIUM(II) COMPLEXES
  • SENSITIZED SOLAR-CELLS
  • NANOCRYSTALLINE TIO2
  • CHARGE-TRANSFER
  • DYE
  • FILMS
  • TITANIA
  • ACID
  • NCS
  • CN

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