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    A simple method for the preparation of patterned dye-sensitized SnO2-TiO2 thin films, designed to prolong the lifetime of the interfacial charge separated state is presented. Using microfluidic technology, the thin films were sensitized with the organic sensitizer D35 such that they contain SnO2-TiO2 areas with dye and SnO2 dye-free areas at which injected electrons can be accumulated. Single wavelength transient absorption spectroscopy confirmed significantly extended charge separation lifetime at the dye-semiconductor interface. Sufficiently high density of injected electrons results in substantial decrease of charge recombination rate constants (kcr); a factor of ∼50 compared to dye-sensitized TiO2 thin films and a factor of ∼2000 compared to dye-sensitized SnO2 thin films. Furthermore, the potential of this approach was confirmed by photoinduced conduction band mediated electron transfer from the dye to a model electron acceptor, Co protoporphyrin IX, which was adsorbed to the SnO2-only regions.


    Valeria Saavedra Becerril, Elin Sundin, Mokhtar Mapar, Maria Abrahamsson. Extending charge separation lifetime and distance in patterned dye-sensitized SnO2-TiO2 μm-thin films. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP. 2017 Aug 30;19(34):22684-22690

    PMID: 28812752

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