Ga-rich CuIn (1-x) Ga x Se 2 (CIGS) quantum dots (QDs) with a wide bandgap of 1.58 eV were utilized in dye-sensitized solar cells for energy harvesting. Ga-rich CIGS QDs at TiO 2 photoanodes afford the recombination reduction and thus suppress the dark current, leading to the increase of short-circuit current from 14.47 to 15.27 mA·cm -2 and open-circuit voltage from 751 to 762 mV. This is due to well-adjusted conduction band minimum of Ga-rich CIGS QDs between that of TiO 2 and excited state oxidation potential of N719, enhancing the photoelectron collection and suppressing electron back-transfer from TiO 2 to oxidized redox species in the electrolyte.
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