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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(6), 13381-13406; doi:10.3390/ijms160613381

Supramolecular Approaches to Nanoscale Morphological Control in Organic Solar Cells

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Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA
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Department of Chemistry, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902, USA
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Academic Editor: John George Hardy
Received: 23 May 2015 / Revised: 6 June 2015 / Accepted: 8 June 2015 / Published: 11 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Supramolecular Interactions)
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Having recently surpassed 10% efficiency, solar cells based on organic molecules are poised to become a viable low-cost clean energy source with the added advantages of mechanical flexibility and light weight. The best-performing organic solar cells rely on a nanostructured active layer morphology consisting of a complex organization of electron donating and electron accepting molecules. Although much progress has been made in designing new donor and acceptor molecules, rational control over active layer morphology remains a central challenge. Long-term device stability is another important consideration that needs to be addressed. This review highlights supramolecular strategies for generating highly stable nanostructured organic photovoltaic active materials by design. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar cells; organic semiconductors; morphology; supramolecular interactions; self-assembly; nanowires; device stability solar cells; organic semiconductors; morphology; supramolecular interactions; self-assembly; nanowires; device stability
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Haruk, A.M.; Mativetsky, J.M. Supramolecular Approaches to Nanoscale Morphological Control in Organic Solar Cells. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 13381-13406.

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