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Semiconductors as Effective Electrodes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Applications
Topics in Current Chemistry  (IF9.06),  Pub Date : 2021-04-09, DOI: 10.1007/s41061-021-00334-w
Marwa Mostafa Moharam, Ayat Nasr El Shazly, Kabali Vijai Anand, Diaa EL-Rahman Ahmed Rayan, Mustafa K. A. Mohammed, Mohamed Mohamed Rashad, Ahmed Esmail Shalan

As proficient photovoltaic devices, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received considerable consideration in recent years. In order to accomplish advanced solar-to-electricity efficiency and increase long-term functioning stability, improvements in the configuration structure of DSSCs are essential, as is an understanding of their elementary principles. This work discusses the application of different semiconductor constituents designed for effective DSSCs. The main parameters crucial to fabrication of DSSC electrodes in nano-porous semiconductor structures are high surface area and large pore size. Different inorganic semiconductor materials are used to load sensitizer dyes, which absorb a lot of light and induce high photocurrent for efficient DSSCs. The first section of the review covers energy sources, photovoltaics, and the benefits of solar cells in daily life, while the second part includes the various types of semiconductors applied in DSSC applications. The final section provides a brief review of future perspectives for DSSCs and a survey of semiconductor materials proposed for solar cell applications.