Science Journal of Physics

April 2013, Volume 2013, ISSN:2276-6367

Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Development of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Using Botuje Green Leaves ( Jathopha Curcas Linn)

Author: 1A.O.Boyo, 2I. O Abdulsalami, 3T.Oluwa, 4S.O.Oluwole, 5A.Umar

1Department of Physics, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria
2Department of Chemistry, Fountain University, Oshogbo, Nigeria
3Department of Botany, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria
4Department of Botany, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria
5Department of Physics, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria

Accepted 04 April, 2013; Available Online 25 April 2013

doi: 10.7237/sjp/182


Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is the only solar cell that can offer both the flexibility and transparency. Its efficiency is comparable to amorphous silicon solar cells but with a much lower cost. Fresh green Leaves of Botuje ( Jathopha curcas Linn) was extracted and used as a sensitizers for the development fabrication of dye sensitized solar cells . The Solar cells sensitized by Botuje ( Jathopha curcas Linn) extracts achieved up to Jsc 0.69mAcm2, Voc 0.054 V, Pmax 0.033mWcm2 and ff 0.87. The energy conversion efficiency (η) of the cells is 0.12%. The Phytochemical screening of the extract indicates the absence of anthraquinones and presence of flavonoids. The results obtained with extracts of Botuje (Jathopha curcas Linn shows a conversion of visible light into electricity by using low costs developed natural dyes as wide band-gap semiconductor sensitizers in dyesensitized solar cells.

Keyword:Botuje (Jathopha curcas Linn), Anthraquinones, Flavonoids, TiO2, Nitric acid, Plane mirror