High Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells with Long Operating Lifetimes

Craig H. Peters, I. T. Sachs-Quintana, John P. Kastrop, Serge Beaupré, Mario Leclerc, Michael D. McGehee

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Organic bulk-heterojunction solar cells comprising poly[N-9'-hepta-decanyl- 2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2', 1',3'-benzothiadiazole) (PCDTBT) are systematically aged and demonstrate lifetimes approaching seven years, which is the longest reported lifetime for polymer solar cells. An experimental set-up is described that is capable of testing large numbers of solar cells, holding each device at its maximum power point while controlling and monitoring the temperature and light intensity. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-494
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 20 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-C1–015-21
Acknowledgements: This publication was supported by the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (Award No KUS-C1–015-21), made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We are grateful to Plextronics for their assistance in device fabrication and guidance with performing lifetime studies. We thank St-Jean Photochemicals for providing the polymer (PCDTBT) and LG for their support in providing the sulfur plasma lamps.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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