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      Dye-sensitized solar cell; efficiency; density functional theory; electronic properties; time-dependent density functional theory.

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      The present work is involved in the computational and experimental studies of organic dyes and their applications as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This comprised the study of three hydrazone-based sensitizers ($E$)-2-cyano-$N'$-((2-hydroxynaphthalen-1-yl)methylene)acetohydrazide (CHMA), ($E$)-2-cyano-$N'$-(4-(dimethylamino)benzylidene)acetohydrazide (CDBA), ($E$)-$N'$-(anthracen-9-ylmethylene)-2-cyanoacetohydrazide (AMCH) that have been prepared and confirmed by means of several analytical procedures like Fourier transform infrared, UV–visible and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to investigate the best possible selection for DSSCs by computational and experimental techniques. The computational methods are applied to optimize the structures of prepared organic dyes via density functional theory (DFT) method at B3LYP/6-311G(p,d) level of theory. The time-dependent DFT (TD-B3LYP/6-311G**) was used with and without solvent to find out the absorption spectra and matched with the experimental data and the electro-optical and reorganization energies of prepared dyes were further investigated. The results revealed that the prepared dyes would be better sensitizers for DSSCs because of small highest-occupied molecular orbital–lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy gap. Moreover, on the basis of the above results, we fabricated the devices via the doctor blade method to study the photovoltaic performance with the prepared dyes (CHMA, CDBA and AMCH). The dye AMCH exhibited the maximum efficiency with commercial TiO$_2$.

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      ABDULLAH G AL-SEHEMI1 2 SHUHRAH ALI S ALLAMI1 ABUL KALAM1 2

      1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha 61413, Saudi Arabia
      2. Research Center for Advanced Materials Science (RCAMS), King Khalid University, Abha 61413, Saudi Arabia
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