Organic photovoltaic cells like their inorganic counterparts convert optical power into electrical power. Their paper-thin form factor, their light weight, and flexibility, provide them with unique properties that can be applied in innovative niche applications.
Ultimately, the possibility to coat organic materials into large area films at low cost could in the longer term provide economic solutions to solar energy conversion.
In the near term, the objective of our research is focusing on the optimization of the power conversion efficiency through the development of new materials with high carrier mobility that self-assemble into highly ordered phases, and the optimization of interfaces.
Recent accomplishments in this area, include the development of crystalline thin film organic solar cells with high power conversion efficiency.