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Functional Materials for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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Energy is a requirement in our daily lives as a way of improving human productivity leading to economic development. The provision of renewable energy in protecting our environment is an excellent way to ensure a sustainable future. There has been vast of research and development carried out on solar cells for the past decades to harvest solar power. Among the various types of solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have emerged as promising candidates for harvesting solar power. However, the major barrier towards the use of DSSCs depends on technology innovation on the devices performance. The success of functional materials is due to their versatility in offering flexible chemical composition, different structure, hybrid architecture, various particle morphology such as 0D, 1D, 2D and 3D structure. These chemically diverse building blocks open the door for creating energy systems with excellent efficiency.

An energy efficient system is highly dependent on the structure and intrinsic properties of the materials. Therefore, it is crucial to fully comprehend not only how the selection of materials affects a specific application, but also the approach in designing a potential catalyst/materials system: understanding how to tailor structure formation in view of a specific applications will be beneficial for an overall energy conversion improvement. Hence, this Research Topic aims to cover recent progresses in designing and optimizing materials in their DSSCs’ components such as photoanode, counter electrodes, dyes and electrolytes, towards the improvement of the overall charge transfer dynamics. The Research Topic is also keen to develop a deep insight on understanding materials modifications with controllable functionalities for new developments and enhancement in the fields DSSCs.

The scope of the Research Topic covers the study of potential materials in their DSSCs’ components such as photoanode, counter electrodes, dyes and electrolytes, for the improvement of the overall efficiency. The Research Topic is also keen to develop a deep insight on understanding the relationship between materials modification and enhancement of the charge transfer dynamic in DSSCs. The editorial team welcomes the submission of Original Research articles and Reviews on the related topics, including but not limited to the following list:

• Fabrication of the photoanode for enhancement in DSSCs
• Development of Dye for photostability of DSSCs
• Development of platinum free counter electrode in DSSCs
• Efficient redox mediator in electrolyte for DSSCs
• Use of Nanomaterials (Metal-based materials, carbon-based materials) in DSSCs
• Use of Metal-organic framework in DSSCs
• Use of Perovskite materials in DSSCs


Keywords: Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, DSSCs, Photoanode, Dye, Counter Electrode, Electrolyte


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Energy is a requirement in our daily lives as a way of improving human productivity leading to economic development. The provision of renewable energy in protecting our environment is an excellent way to ensure a sustainable future. There has been vast of research and development carried out on solar cells for the past decades to harvest solar power. Among the various types of solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have emerged as promising candidates for harvesting solar power. However, the major barrier towards the use of DSSCs depends on technology innovation on the devices performance. The success of functional materials is due to their versatility in offering flexible chemical composition, different structure, hybrid architecture, various particle morphology such as 0D, 1D, 2D and 3D structure. These chemically diverse building blocks open the door for creating energy systems with excellent efficiency.

An energy efficient system is highly dependent on the structure and intrinsic properties of the materials. Therefore, it is crucial to fully comprehend not only how the selection of materials affects a specific application, but also the approach in designing a potential catalyst/materials system: understanding how to tailor structure formation in view of a specific applications will be beneficial for an overall energy conversion improvement. Hence, this Research Topic aims to cover recent progresses in designing and optimizing materials in their DSSCs’ components such as photoanode, counter electrodes, dyes and electrolytes, towards the improvement of the overall charge transfer dynamics. The Research Topic is also keen to develop a deep insight on understanding materials modifications with controllable functionalities for new developments and enhancement in the fields DSSCs.

The scope of the Research Topic covers the study of potential materials in their DSSCs’ components such as photoanode, counter electrodes, dyes and electrolytes, for the improvement of the overall efficiency. The Research Topic is also keen to develop a deep insight on understanding the relationship between materials modification and enhancement of the charge transfer dynamic in DSSCs. The editorial team welcomes the submission of Original Research articles and Reviews on the related topics, including but not limited to the following list:

• Fabrication of the photoanode for enhancement in DSSCs
• Development of Dye for photostability of DSSCs
• Development of platinum free counter electrode in DSSCs
• Efficient redox mediator in electrolyte for DSSCs
• Use of Nanomaterials (Metal-based materials, carbon-based materials) in DSSCs
• Use of Metal-organic framework in DSSCs
• Use of Perovskite materials in DSSCs


Keywords: Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, DSSCs, Photoanode, Dye, Counter Electrode, Electrolyte


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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15 December 2020 Manuscript
01 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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01 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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