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Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A: Pure and Applied Chemistry
Imidazolium iodide compounds have been utilized in the electrolytes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Most of the investigations with these compounds focus on the formulation of eutectic mixtures that promote efficient dissociation and diffusion of the iodide and triiodide species. Facile alternative synthetic approaches such as click chemistry (Huisgen 3+2 dipolar cycloaddition reaction) can be utilized to broaden the scope of electrochemically stable promising materials for novel electrolyte systems. Here, we report the first example of a triazolium functionalized cyclic siloxane that can be used as an electrolyte component in solvent-based DSSCs. The devices fabricated with this new triazolium salt in the electrolyte yielded short circuit current densities (26 mA/cm2), as well as power conversion efficiencies of 8%, these values are comparable to those obtained for imidazolium salt analogues.