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Physics and Materials Issues of Organic Photovoltaics

  • Shawn R. Scully
  • Michael D. McGehee
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Part of the Electronic Materials: Science & Technology book series (EMST, volume 11)

Introduction

Organic materials hold promise for use in photovoltaic (PV) devices because of their potential to reduce the cost of electricity per kWh ultimately to levels below that of electricity produced by coal-fired power plants. Deposition of organics by techniques such as screen printing, doctor blading, inkjet printing, spray deposition, and thermal evaporation lends itself to incorporation in high-throughput low-cost roll-to-roll coating systems. These are low-temperature deposition techniques which allow the organics to be deposited on plastic substrates such that flexible devices can easily be made. In addition to the inherent economics of high-throughput manufacturing, lightweight and flexibility are qualities claimed to offer a simple way to reduce the price of PV panels by reducing installation costs. Flexible PVs also open niche markets like portable power generation and aesthetic-PV in building design. This chapter reviews the current state-of-the-art in making efficient...

Keywords

Diffusion Length Exciton Dissociation Singlet Exciton Back Transfer Bimolecular Recombination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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