Polymer Solar Cells
Published Online: 15 DEC 2011
Copyright © 2002 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology
How to Cite
Günes, S., Mbi Egbe, D. A. and Sariciftci, N. S. 2011. Polymer Solar Cells. Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology.
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2011
Polymer solar cells are developing rapidly. The cost effective manufacturing, flexibility and the integration possibilities make them attractive alternatives to conventional Si-based solar cells. Power conversion efficiencies more than 8% were reported recently by industrial companies. However, even this value has to be improved to be competitive with the other solar cell devices. There is a great amount of interdisiplinary science to be explored within the organic solar cell research, ranging from solid state device physics, photophysics, polymer synthesis, polymer processing and supramolecular chemistry. In this encyclopedia entry, we give an overview of the basic operational principles, limitations and the possible improvements for polymer solar cells.
Keywords: polymer solar cells; organic solar cells; conjugated polymers; organic photovoltaics