Colorful polymer solar cells employing an energy transfer dye molecule

Jaemin Kong, Megan Mohadjer Beromi, Marina Mariano, Tenghooi Goh, Francisco Antonio, Nilay Hazari, André D. Taylor

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Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been significant improvement in the performance of polymer solar cells (PSCs). Devices with power conversion efficiency (PCE) well over 10% have been developed and in some cases the estimated device lifetime is approaching 10 years. In contrast, there has been limited research into the aesthetics of PSCs, which may be crucial to successful commercialization. Here, we report a variety of colored polymer solar cells by employing different amounts of an energy transfer dye molecule in a polymer-polymer binary photoactive system. In fact, by varying the amount of the dye molecule in the device, PSCs covering one third of the Munsell standard color chart (in this case green to red) are observed. Additionally, the dye molecule serves as an energy transfer donor to the host photoactive system which leads to 10% enhancement in PCE. Our approach may broaden the appeal of PSCs in applications where aesthetics are important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalNano Energy
Volume38
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Color tenability
  • Colorful polymer solar cells
  • Förster energy transfer
  • Squaraine dye

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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