Nanostructured organic solar cells

James T. McLeskey, Qiquan Qiao

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

Existing single-crystal silicon (c-Si) solar cells require sophisticated high-temperature processing, high-quality silicon, and complex engineering, and therefore are not cost-effective as an energy source for most applications (Sun and Sariciftci 2005). In addition, these cells have no or very limited mechanical flexibility. Organic polymer solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells have become a low-cost alternative to silicon solar cells because they can be fabricated using solution-based processing such as inexpensive painting (K. Kim et al. 2007; Reyes-Reyes et al. 2005a). Other advantages of these cells are their significant flexibility and their ability to be directly fabricated onto most surfaces, including plastics. The most efficient of these devices use a polymer or dye as an electron donor and a second material as the electron acceptor. This chapter describes the application of bulk nanostructured materials to two closely related devices: organic polymer solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells. The focus is on the successful device structures, important material electronic properties, and nanoscale morphology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanotechnology for Photovoltaics
PublisherCRC Press
Pages147-185
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9781420076752
ISBN (Print)9781420076745
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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