Challenges to the Success of Commercial Organic Photovoltaic Products

Maximilian Moser, Andrew Wadsworth, Nicola Gasparini, Iain McCulloch

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Recent advances in the development of organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials has led to significant improvements in device performance; now closing in on the 20% efficiency threshold. Despite these improvements in performance, the commercial viability of organic photovoltaic products remains elusive. In this perspective, the current limitations of high performing blends are uncovered, particularly focusing on the industrial upscaling considerations of these materials, such as synthetic scalability, active layer processing, and device stability. Moreover, a simplified metric, namely, the scalability factor (SF), is introduced to evaluate the scale-up potential of specific OPV materials and blends thereof. Of the most popular molecular design strategies investigated in recent times, it is found that the use of Y-series nonfullerene acceptors (NFAs) and synthetically simple materials, such as PTQ-10 and ternary blends, are most effective at maximizing the efficiency without negatively impacting the SF. Furthermore, the improvements that are needed, in terms of device processability and stability, are considered for industrial scale-up and final product application. Finally, an outlook of organic photovoltaics is provided both from a perspective of important research avenues and applications that can be exploited.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2100056
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
StatePublished - Mar 24 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-03-26
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2018-CRG/CCF-3079, OSR-2019-CRG8-4086, OSR-2018-CRG7-3749
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge financial support from KAUST, including Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) awards no. OSR-2018-CRG/CCF-3079, OSR-2019-CRG8-4086 and OSR-2018-CRG7-3749. The authors acknowledge funding from ERC Synergy Grant SC2 (610115), the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 952911, project BOOSTER and grant agreement no. 862474, project RoLAFLEX, as well as EPSRC Project EP/T026219/1. N.G. acknowledges the Imperial College Research Fellowship Scheme.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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