Organic Photovoltaics: Plasmonic-Enhanced Organic Photovoltaics: Breaking the 10% Efficiency Barrier (Adv. Mater. 17/2013)

Authors

  • Qiaoqiang Gan,

    Corresponding author
    1. Electrical Engineering Department, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14150, USA
    • Electrical Engineering Department, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14150, USA
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Filbert J. Bartoli,

    Corresponding author
    1. Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Zakya H. Kafafi

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
    Current affiliation:
    1. On Sabbatical Leave from the National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230, USA
    • Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA.
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

original image

Recent advances in molecular organic photovoltaics (OPVs) have brought 10% power conversion efficiency (PCE) for single-junction cells, placing them in direct competition with amorphous silicon solar cells. Incorporation of plasmonic nanostructures for light trapping in these thin-film devices offers an attractive means to realize higher-efficiency OPVs with PCE>>10%, as reviewed by Zakya H. Kafafi, Qiaoqiang Gan, and Filbert J. Bartoli on page 2385. The cover image conceptually highlights the design of plasmonic-assisted OPV architectures using periodic metallic patterns and randomly distributed nanoparticles.

Ancillary