Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) research conducted by National Chi Nan University professor Lin Ching-yao and students has been published by the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, a peer-reviewed scientific publication of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry.
The DSSC is favored among recent clean energy breakthroughs for its low material costs and its production requirements of inexpensive, average-temperature equipment. Attractive features include ease of rolling, transparency, color, and heightened photosensitivity under dim indoor light in comparison to conventional wafer-based solar cells.
What’s more, NCNU researchers pioneered a new metal-free variety of photovoltaic modules using a novel anthracene-based organic dye denoted as AN-11. This innovation provides a clean energy alternative for the manufacturing of low-powered photovoltaic consumer goods.
The NCNU paper was not only chosen for the “2018 Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers” collection, but also printed as the journal’s cover story in Issue 5, 2018.
The organic AN-11 dye module has, with support from the “New PV for New Era” flagship program of the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, successfully secured a patent for local markets. An US patent is currently pending as well.
The Journal of Materials Chemistry A is a weekly scientific journal dedicated to materials relating to energy and sustainability. The UK Royal Society of Chemistry publication – famous for its 20% acceptance rate for paper submissions – received an impact factor of 8.867 in 2016, thanks partly to increased rankings on the Science Citation Index (SCI).
The project was conducted by Professor Lin and eight NCNU students – Tsai Ming-chi, Chang Chiung-wen, Hsu Cheng-wei, Hsiao Yu-hsin, Liu Chia-lin, Wang Chen-chi, and Lin Shr-yau – in cooperation with Taiwan DSC PV, a Taoyuan-based DSSC company.
An abstract of the paper, titled “A large, ultra-black, efficient and cost-effective dye-sensitized solar module approaching 12% overall efficiency under 1000 lux indoor light,” can be found here: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2018/ta/c7ta09322e#!divAbstract