The molecular nature of photovoltage losses in organic solar cells

Cody W. Schlenker, Mark E. Thompson

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Since the inception of heterojunction organic photovoltaic research the organic/organic interface has been thought to play a crucial role in determining the magnitude of the open-circuit voltage. Yet, the task of defining the molecular properties dictating the photovoltage delivered by these devices, that employ mixed or neat layers of different organic molecules to convert incident photons to electricity, is still an active area of research. This will likely be a key step in designing the new materials required for improving future device efficiencies. With the intent to underscore the importance of considering both thermodynamic and kinetic factors, this article highlights recent progress in elucidating molecular characteristics dictating photovoltage losses in heterojunction organic photovoltaics. © The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3702
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge generous financial support from Global Photonic Energy Corporation, from the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (CAMP) (KUS-C1-015-21), made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and from the Center for Energy Nanoscience, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under award number DE-SC0001013. We also acknowledge insightful discussions with Dr M. Dolores Perez (CNEA).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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