Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

Dye Sensitized Solar Cell

Indiana Biology Standard

B.2.1:  Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. 

Learning Objectives

  • Students can explain process of phosynthesis in terms of Proteins and Macromolecules as well as in terms of electron flow analogous to a battery or solar cell. 

  • Students learn that energy can be found in unexpected places, in everyday objects, however, it requires sophisticated engineering to make it useable. 


  1. Multimeter

  2. Indium Tinoxide (ITO) Coated Glass Slides X2

  3. Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Nanoparticles Paste

  4. Blackberry Juice

  5. Raspberry Juice

  6. Iodide Solution

  7. Graphite Pencil

  8. Binder Clips X 2

  9. Alligator Clips X 2

  10. Glass Rod

  11. Scissors

  12. Tapes



Teacher Demonstrates appropriate assembly 

Protocol/Presentation for Dye-Sensitized Kits

See Attached Lab Protocol


Worksheet time - Reflections on how dye-sensitized solar cell tells us something about photosynthesis and vice versa. 


This learning module was created by Erik P, a participant in Indiana University-Purdue University’s NSF-Funded “Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NEST)” Program (Award # 1513112).