The aim of this work is to evaluate the amount of N719 dye in TiO2 films for DSSCs by thermogravimetric analysis coupled with mass spectrometry (TG-MS) in comparison with the traditional method based on the dye extraction in NaOH solutions. The characterization was carried out on TiO2 films applied on FTO glasses by automatic screen printing method. For all the samples, TG-MS showed three well defined steps. The first, below 100 °C and coupled to an endothermic signal was due to water release. From 200 to about 300 °C, there was the release of CO2 coming from decarboxylation reaction of N719. The last exothermic step was due to the combustion of organic residues. As the decarboxylation reaction occurs with release of 4 moles of CO2 per mole of N719, it was used to determine the dye loading of the samples that resulted in the range 7−15 wt% well agreeing the relevant content of dye obtained by desorption with NaOH.

Evaluation of N719 amount in TiO2 films for DSSC by thermogravimetric analysis

SANNINO, Diana;VAIANO, VINCENZO;CIAMBELLI, Paolo;
2013

Abstract

The aim of this work is to evaluate the amount of N719 dye in TiO2 films for DSSCs by thermogravimetric analysis coupled with mass spectrometry (TG-MS) in comparison with the traditional method based on the dye extraction in NaOH solutions. The characterization was carried out on TiO2 films applied on FTO glasses by automatic screen printing method. For all the samples, TG-MS showed three well defined steps. The first, below 100 °C and coupled to an endothermic signal was due to water release. From 200 to about 300 °C, there was the release of CO2 coming from decarboxylation reaction of N719. The last exothermic step was due to the combustion of organic residues. As the decarboxylation reaction occurs with release of 4 moles of CO2 per mole of N719, it was used to determine the dye loading of the samples that resulted in the range 7−15 wt% well agreeing the relevant content of dye obtained by desorption with NaOH.
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