Yusef Farah
Speaker's Institution
Colorado State University
4:00 PM
Chemistry A101
Mixer Time
3:45 PM
Mixer Time
Chemistry B101E
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Research Seminar:

N3-dye is a popular chromophore in the family of Ru(bpy) transition-metal photocatalysts and is often used in the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) photovoltaic devices.  The interfacial structure and adsorption geometry of N3-dye affects the electron transfer kinetics within a DSSC device, which can influence the overall device efficiency. Heterodyne detected vibrational sum frequency generation (HD-VSFG) spectroscopy is used to study the interfacial structure of N3-dye on gold and TiO2 substrates.  HD-VSFG is a powerful spectroscopic technique that yields vibrational information exclusively at an interface and is utilized to elucidate the adsorption geometry of N3-dye.  It is revealed that by altering the pH of deposition conditions, the dye changes its adsorption geometry on both gold and TiO2.  Additionally, in-situ HD-VSFG studies investigate the adsorption geometry of N3-dye on TiOin the presence of acetonitrile and reports on the N3-dye structure and environment within a DSSC device. The study of how conditions influence the adsorption geometry of N3-dye will inform future studies on dye/chromophore loading conditions and overall photovoltaic device fabrication.