Modeling the efficiency of Förster resonant energy transfer from energy relay dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells

Eric T. Hoke, Brian E. Hardin, Michael D. McGehee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

29 Scopus citations


Förster resonant energy transfer can improve the spectral breadth, absorption and energy conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells. In this design, unattached relay dyes absorb the high energy photons and transfer the excitation to sensitizing dye molecules by Förster resonant energy transfer. We use an analytic theory to calculate the excitation transfer efficiency from the relay dye to the sensitizing dye accounting for dynamic quenching and relay dye diffusion. We present calculations for pores of cylindrical and spherical geometry and examine the effects of the Förster radius, the pore size, sensitizing dye surface concentration, collisional quenching rate, and relay dye lifetime. We find that the excitation transfer efficiency can easily exceed 90% for appropriately chosen dyes and propose two different strategies for selecting dyes to achieve record power conversion efficiencies. © 2010 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3893
JournalOptics Express
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 11 2010
Externally publishedYes

Cite this