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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
Doing Business As Name:University of Mississippi
PD/PI:
  • Jared H Delcamp
  • (662) 915-7482
  • delcamp@olemiss.edu
Award Date:06/06/2015
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 523,449
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 566,013
  • FY 2019=$42,564
  • FY 2015=$523,449
Start Date:08/01/2015
End Date:07/31/2020
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:SusChEM: CAREER: Near-IR Absorbing Dyes for Stable Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Devices
Federal Award ID Number:1455167
DUNS ID:067713560
Parent DUNS ID:067713560
Program:Chem Struct,Dynmcs&Mechansms B
Program Officer:
  • Tingyu Li
  • (703) 292-4949
  • tli@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:100 BARR HALL
City:UNIVERSITY
State:MS
ZIP:38677-1848
County:University
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:01

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Mississippi
Street:405 Coulter Hall
City:Oxford
State:MS
ZIP:38677-1848
County:University
Country:US
Cong. District:01

Abstract at Time of Award

In this CAREER project funded by the Chemical Structure, Dynamic & Mechanism B Program of the Chemistry Division, Professor Jared H. Delcamp of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Mississippi will design and synthesize novel organic materials for the conversion of solar energy to electricity. This program will focus on the rapid synthesis of organic dyes absorbing into the near-infrared solar region and converting this energy to electricity in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) devices. This research could lead to the more efficient harvesting of abundant solar energy and helps to reduce our reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels. As part of the funded project, an undergraduate survey course will be developed to promote awareness of active STEM research areas including solar energy research. Both undergraduate students and high school students will be encouraged to participate in original research projects focusing on the development of DSC materials, exposing them to the excitement of STEM-related research. A crucial challenge facing the DSC field is the discovery of efficient sensitizers for the conversion of light in the near-infrared (NIR) range beyond 750 nm. Ideally, these sensitizers should be readily accessible (in fewer than 10 synthetic steps), rely on sustainable organic materials and utilize strongly anchoring functionality to promote long solar cell stabilities. This project will focus on the introduction of pro-aromatic sensitizers to DSC devices. Pro-aromatic materials are known to promote low-energy absorptions from low-molecular weight building blocks by stabilizing excited-state energy levels. Additionally, multiple conjugation pathway scaffolds will be developed for precise tuning of dye energy levels through the use of multiple donors and acceptors. Multiple semiconductor anchoring structures in conjugation with the sensitizer will be employed for both strong binding to the semiconductor and to promote efficient electron injection. Rapid synthetic routes to these materials will be a focus, with C-H activation routes being strategically employed to reduce the number of synthetic steps.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Brogdon, P.; Cheema, H.; Delcamp, J. H. "Low-Recombination Thieno[3,4-b]thiophene-based Photosensitzers for DSCs" ChemSusChem, v.10, 2017, p.3624.

Huckaba, A. J.; Yella, A.; McNamara, L. E.; Steen, A. E.; Murphy, J. S.; Carpenter, C. A.; Puneky, G. D.; Hammer, N. I.; Nazeeruddin, M. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "Molecular Design Principles of Near-Infrared Absorbing and Emitting Indolizine Dyes" Chemistry - A European Journal, v.22, 2016, p.15536.

Brogdon, P.; Cheema, H.; Delcamp, J. H. "NIR Absorbing Metal-Free Organic, Porphyrin, and Phthalocyanine Dyes for Panchromatic DSCs" ChemSusChem, v.11, 2018, p.86.

Huckaba, A. J.; Yella, A.; Brogdon, P.; Murphy, J. S.; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Low Recombination Rate Indolizine Sensitizer for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells" Chemical Communications, v.52, 2016, p.8424.

Brogdon, P.; Giordano, F.; Puneky, G. A.; Dass, A.; Zakeeruddin, S. M.; Zazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Tschumper, G.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Computational and Experimental Study of Thieno[3,4-b]thiophene as a Proaromatic ?-Bridge in DSCs" Chemistry - A European Journal, v.22, 2016, p.694.

Brogdon, P.; Giordano, F.; Puneky, G. A.; Dass, A.; Zakeeruddin, S. M.; Zazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Tschumper, G.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Computational and Experimental Study of Thieno[3,4-b]thiophene as a Proaromatic ?-Bridge in DSCs" Chem. Eur. J., v.22, 2016, p.694.

Liyanage, N.; Yella, A.; Nazerruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "Desymmetrization of Thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine via C-H Activation and Applicaiton as an Electron Deficient ?-Bridge in D-A-?-A DSCs" ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, v.8, 2016, p.5376.

Huckaba, A. J.; Yella, A.; Brogdon, P.; Murphy, J. S.; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Low Recombination Rate Indolizine Sensitizer for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells" Chem. Commun., v.52, 2016, p.8424.

Peddapuram, A.; Cheema, H.; Adams, R. E.; Schmehl, R. H.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Stable Panchromatic Green Dual Acceptor, Dual Donor Organic Dye for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, v.121, 2017, p.8770.

Brogdon, P.; Giordano, F.; Puneky, G. A.; Dass, A.; Zakeeruddin, S. M.; Zazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Tschumper, G.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Computational and Experimental Study of Thieno[3,4-b]thiophene as a Proaromatic ?-Bridge in DSCs" Chemistry - A European Journal, v.22, 2016, p.694.

Liyanage, N. P.; Cheema, H.; Baumann, A. R.; Zylstra, A. R.; Delcamp, J. H. "Effect of Donor Strength and Bulk on Thieno[3,4-b]-pyrazine-Based Panchromatic Dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" ChemSusChem, v.10, 2017, p.2635.

Cheema, H.; Peddapuram, A.; Adams, R. E.; McNamara, L.; Hunt, L. A.; Le, N.; Watkins, D. L.; Hammer, N. I.; Schmehl, R. H.; Delcamp, J. H. "Molecular Engineering of NIR Absorbing Thienopyrazine Double Donor, Double Acceptor Organic Dyes for DSCs" The Journal of Organic Chemistry, v.82, 2017, p.12038.

Huckaba, A. J.; Yella, A.; Brogdon, P.; Murphy, J. S.; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Low Recombination Rate Indolizine Sensitizer for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells" Chemical Communications, v.52, 2016, p.8424.

Peddapuram, A.; Cheema, H.; Adams, R. E.; Schmehl, R. H.; Delcamp, J. H. "A Stable Panchromatic Green Dual Acceptor, Dual Donor Organic Dye for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" J. Phys. Chem. C, v.121, 2017, p.8770.

Liyanage, N.; Yella, A.; Nazerruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "Desymmetrization of Thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine via C-H Activation and Applicaiton as an Electron Deficient ?-Bridge in D-A-?-A DSCs" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, v.8, 2016, p.5376.

Liyanage, N. P.; Cheema, H.; Baumann, A. R.; Zylstra, A. R.; Delcamp, J. H. "Effect of Donor Strength and Bulk on Thieno[3,4-b]-pyrazine-Based Panchromatic Dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells" ChemSusChem, v.10, 2017, p.2635.

Huckaba, A. J.; Yella, A.; McNamara, L. E.; Steen, A. E.; Murphy, J. S.; Carpenter, C. A.; Puneky, G. D.; Hammer, N. I.; Nazeeruddin, M. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "Molecular Design Principles of Near-Infrared Absorbing and Emitting Indolizine Dyes" Chem. Eur. J., v.22, 2016, p.15536.

Liyanage, N.; Yella, A.; Nazerruddin, Md. K.; Grätzel, M.; Delcamp, J. H. "Desymmetrization of Thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine via C-H Activation and Applicaiton as an Electron Deficient ?-Bridge in D-A-?-A DSCs" ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, v.8, 2016, p.5376.

Zhang, Y.; Cheema, H.; London, A. E.; Morales, A.; Azoulay, J. D.; Delcamp, J. H. "Panchromatic Cross-Conjugated ?-Bridge NIR Dyes for DSCs" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., v.20, 2018, p.2438.

Zhang, Y.; Cheema, H.; McNamara, L.; Hunt, L. A.; Hammer, N. I.; Delcamp, J. H. "Ullazine Donor-? bridge-Acceptor Organic Dyes for DSCs" Chem. Eur. J., v.24, 2018, p.5939.

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