Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D. in Chemistry

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Jared Delcamp

Second Advisor

David Colby

Third Advisor

Nathan Hammer

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

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).

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Chemistry Commons

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