Authors: AMAL Y. BATNIJI, RAMI MORJAN, MONZIR S. ABDEL-LATIF, TAHER M. EL-AGEZ, SOFYAN A. TAYA, HATEM S. EL-GHAMRI
Abstract: Five aldimine derivatives were prepared by condensation of the appropriate amine with salicylaldehyde (m1-m4) and 4-aminobenzoic acid with 2-thiophene carboxaldehyde (m5). A molar ratio of 1:1 was used and the mixture was refluxed in ethanol for 2 h to obtain the corresponding aldimine derivative. These derivatives were used as photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The best performance was obtained for the DSSC sensitized with 2-(2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)benzoic acid, for which a short-circuit current of 2.86 mA/cm^2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.562 V, and an efficiency of 0.575% were obtained.
Keywords: Dye-sensitized solar cell, TiO_2, aldimine derivatives
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