Date of Award
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Chemistry and Biochemistry
With the energy consumption increase every year, the non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels, natural gas, and coal will not sustain forever. In this case, searching for a way to develop a renewable energy source is an emergency. For decades, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have received intensive attention due to their high power conversion efficiency and low material cost. This dissertation describes efforts to design and synthesize near-infrared organic dyes to apply to two systems: first, for use in the improvement of DSCs by the optimization of electron rich components such as ullazine and cross-conjugated -bridges to increase photon-to-electricity conversion and second, as a way to manipulate the UV-vis absorption and emission of the near-infrared organic dyes to use lower energy photons with wavelength ranges in the therapeutic window (700 nm-1000 nm).
Zhang, Yanbing, "Near-Infrared High Efficiency Organic Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs) and Biological Fluorescent Imaging Dyes" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1626.