Ferroelectric Materials: Synthesis and Application of Ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) Nanoparticles in Organic Photovoltaic Devices for High Efficiency (Adv. Energy Mater. 12/2013)

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  • Zhengguo Xiao,

    1. Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    2. Nebraska Center for Materials Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
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  • Qingfeng Dong,

    1. Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    2. Nebraska Center for Materials Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
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  • Pankaj Sharma,

    1. Nebraska Center for Materials Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
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  • Yongbo Yuan,

    1. Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    2. Nebraska Center for Materials Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
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  • Baodong Mao,

    1. Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    2. Nebraska Center for Materials Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
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  • Wenjing Tian,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, Jilin University, Changchun, P. R. China
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  • Alexei Gruverman,

    1. Nebraska Center for Materials Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
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  • Jinsong Huang

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    2. Nebraska Center for Materials Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA
    • Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE 68588 USA

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Abstract

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On page 1581, Jinsong Huang and co-workers report the synthesis of the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidenefluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDFTrFE)) nanocrystals using a simple solution method. The pre-formation of ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanoparticles avoids the need for a post-annealing process and provides excellent control of the morphology of the P(VDF-TrFE) nanocrystal interfacial layer. This provides a new, low-cost interfacial layer material for organic solar cells to optimize their efficiency. The material is compatible with any low bandgap semiconducting polymer, without restrictions on thermal processes.

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