Biomimetic Dye Aggregate Solar Cells

  • Peter L. Marek

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  3. Biomimetic Light-Harvesting

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  4. Application of BLH to Solar Cells

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-163

About this book


This thesis describes a new approach to the construction of solar cells. Following nature's example, this approach has the goal to find a biomimetic self-assembling dye, whose aggregates can mimic the natural light-harvesting system of special photosynthetic active bacteria. The thesis investigates methods to control the self-assembly such that suitable dye aggregates are formed with high internal order and size-confinement.The dye aggregates can be implemented into a new type of solar cells, designed to combine the advantages of hybrid solar cells and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ss-DSSCs): dye aggregate solar cells (DASCs). This book describes the construction and first tests of a prototype for DASCs on the basis of the investigated dye aggregates. The described approach has the advantage that it will enable to build up a light-harvesting system fully synthetically in large scale in order to realize low-cost, light-weight and environmentally friendly solar cells – a worthwhile goal towards the exploitation of clean energy from sunlight.


Bacteriochlorophylls of Green Sulfur Bacteria Biomimetic Light-harvesting Dye Aggregate Solar Cells Dye-sensitized Solar Cells Light-harvesting Systems Mesoporous TiO2 Self-assembling Dye Aggregates Solid-state Solar Cells Zinc Porphyrin

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter L. Marek
    • 1
  1. 1.KarlsruheGermany

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