Chapter 13. Charge Transfer and Charge Separation in Conjugated Polymer Solar Cells

  1. Ali Eftekhari
  1. Ian A. Howard1,
  2. Neil C. Greenham2,
  3. Agnese Abrusci2,
  4. Richard H. Friend2 and
  5. Sebastian Westenhoff3

Published Online: 6 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661338.ch13

Nanostructured Conductive Polymers

Nanostructured Conductive Polymers

How to Cite

Howard, I. A., Greenham, N. C., Abrusci, A., Friend, R. H. and Westenhoff, S. (2010) Charge Transfer and Charge Separation in Conjugated Polymer Solar Cells, in Nanostructured Conductive Polymers (ed A. Eftekhari), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661338.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, Ohio Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

  2. 2

    Optoelectronics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK

  3. 3

    Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470745854

Online ISBN: 9780470661338



  • charge transfer and charge separation in conjugated polymer solar cells;
  • photon absorption in conjugated polymers - formation of bound electron–hole pair;
  • polymer, PCBM solar cells;
  • block copolymer, forming bicontinuous double-gyroid template;
  • polymer - inorganic nanoparticle solar cells;
  • charge transfer in conjugated polymers;
  • Onsager–Braun model of charge-transfer state dissociation;
  • field-assisted charge generation - in pristine materials;
  • charge-transfer states - formed efficiently at heterojunctions in polymer blends


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Charge Transfer in Conjugated Polymers

  • Charge Generation and Recombination in Organic Solar Cells with High Open-Circuit Voltages

  • Conclusions and Outlook

  • Acknowledgements

  • References