Advanced Materials

Efficient Hybrid Solar Cells from Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles and a Conjugated Polymer


  • This work is supported by the Council for Chemical Sciences of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (CW-NWO) in the Pionier program and forms part of the research program of the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI).


ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in a semiconducting polymer form the active layer of a solar cell (see Figure) that is able to convert up to 40 % of the incident photons at 500 nm into electrical current and has a power conversion efficiency of about 1.5 % in sunlight. Manufactured at low temperature using environmentally friendly materials, it represents a new step to ‘green electricity'.