Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Durwin Striplin
There have been several technologies proposed to harness solar power. The gold standard is the photovoltaic cell. There has been a relatively new technology called dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) that has been building momentum as a rival to photovoltaics. One of the great benefits is that the DSSC does not require the stringent manufacturing conditions of the photovoltaic cell. In this study, we want to research and produce an alternative method of developing the dye used in a DSSC that can be scaled and automated in a large production process. The idea is to build organic scaffolds that can self-assemble on the titanium oxide surface and can serve as ligands for metals. This will be a first step in then incorporating metals in a low-temperature dipping method that will complete the charge transfer dye needed in the device.