Subporphyrinatoboron(III) (SubB) sensitizers were synthesized for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The prototype, which comprises a sterically demanding 3,5-di-tert-butylphenyl scaffold, a meso-ethynylphenyl spacer, and a cyanoacrylic acid anchoring group, achieved an open-circuit voltage VOCof 836 mV, short-circuit current density JSCof 15.3 mA cm−2, fill factor of 0.786, and a photon-to-current conversion efficiency of 10.1 %. Such astonishing figures suggest that a bright future lies ahead for SubB in the realm of DSSCs.
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