Review on dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs): Advanced techniques and research trends

Jiawei Gong, K. Sumathy, Qiquan Qiao, Zhengping Zhou

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Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) offers an efficient and easily implemented technology for future energy supply. Compared to conventional silicon solar cells, it provides comparable power conversion efficiency (PCE) at low material and manufacturing costs. DSSC materials such as titanium oxide (TiO2) are inexpensive, abundant and innocuous to the environment. Since DSSC materials are less prone to contamination and processable at ambient temperature, a roll-to-roll process could be utilized to print DSSCs on the mass production line. DSSCs perform better under lower light intensities, which makes them an excellent choice for indoor applications. Due to the advancement of molecular engineering, colored and transparent thin films have been introduced to enhance the aesthetic values. Up to now, such benefits have attracted considerable research interests and commercialization effort. Here, this review examines advanced techniques and research trends of this promising technology from the perspective of device modeling, state-of-art techniques, and novel device structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-246
Number of pages13
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Device modeling
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Light harvesting
  • Perovskite solar cells
  • Surface engineering
  • Tandem solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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