Special Issue "Organic Solar Cells"


A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert. P. H. Chang
Northwestern University, 2220 Campus Drive, Cook Hall 2036, Office - Cook 2011, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
Website: http://matsci.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/profiles/r-p-h-chang.html
Guest Editor
Dr. Nanjia Zhou
Northwestern University, 2137 Sheridan Road, Catalysis Center 125, Evanston, IL 60208, USA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic solar cells are an important family of third generation photovoltaic technology and have stimulated extensive interest in the solar cell research community. Organic solar cells typically contain a mixture of an electron donor and an electron acceptor; either one or both of them are organic semiconductors (molecular or polymeric materials). These solar cells are light-weight, inexpensive, and compatible with large-scale roll-to-roll fabrication. Fueled by multidisciplinary research efforts, the past five years have seen a rapid advancement in their performance.

This Special Issue on “Organic Solar Cells” will discuss state-of-the-art topics concerning organic solar cells (e.g., the design and synthesis of organic semiconductors, material characterization, device photophysics and characterization, the design and fabrication of novel device architectures, etc.). The Special Issue will be of great interest to the organic solar cell research community. Your contribution to the issue will be greatly appreciated.

Prof. Dr. Robert P. H. Chang
Dr. Nanjia Zhou
Guest Editors


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Polymers 2015, 7(2), 333-372; doi:10.3390/polym7020333
Received: 28 November 2014 / Revised: 6 January 2015 / Accepted: 9 February 2015 / Published: 17 February 2015
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Polymers 2015, 7(1), 69-90; doi:10.3390/polym7010069
Received: 22 August 2014 / Accepted: 12 December 2014 / Published: 31 December 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(11), 2832-2844; doi:10.3390/polym6112832
Received: 12 September 2014 / Revised: 22 October 2014 / Accepted: 4 November 2014 / Published: 13 November 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(11), 2784-2802; doi:10.3390/polym6112784
Received: 15 September 2014 / Revised: 16 October 2014 / Accepted: 23 October 2014 / Published: 3 November 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(10), 2645-2669; doi:10.3390/polym6102645
Received: 10 September 2014 / Revised: 7 October 2014 / Accepted: 15 October 2014 / Published: 22 October 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(9), 2473-2509; doi:10.3390/polym6092473
Received: 28 July 2014 / Revised: 16 September 2014 / Accepted: 19 September 2014 / Published: 25 September 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Towards High Performance Organic Photovoltaic Cells: A Review of Recent Development in Organic Photovoltaics
Authors: Junsheng Yu *, Yifan Zheng and Jiang Huang
Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, School of Optoelectronic Information, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu 610054, China; E-Mail: jsyu@uestc.edu.cn
Organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) have been hot in trail during last decade due to their promising application in relieving energy pressure and environmental problem caused by the increasing combustion of fossil fuels. Lots of effort has been paid on understanding the photovoltaic mechanism, including evolving chemical structural motifs and designing device structures, leading to remarkable enhancement on the power conversion efficiency of OPVs from 3% to over 15%. In this brief review, the advanced progresses and the state-of-art performance of OPVs in very recent years are been summarized. Based on several latest developed approaches to accurately detect the separation of electron-hole pairs in femtosecond regime, the theoretical interpretation to exploit the comprehensive mechanistic picture of energy harvesting and carrier generation are discussed, especially for OPVs with bulk and multiple heterojunctions. Subsequently, the novel structural designs of device architecture of OPVs embracing external geometry modification and intrinsic structure decoration are presented. Additionally, some approaches to further increase the efficiency of OPVs are described, including thermotics and dynamics modification methods. Finally, this review highlights the challenges and prospects with the aim of providing a better understanding towards the high efficient OPVs.

Title: Review on PPV-PPE Polymers for Organic Solar Cells
Authors: Daniel Egbe and Serdar Sariciftci
Affiliation: Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS) and Institute of Physical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, 4040 Linz, Austria; E-Mail: daniel_ayuk_mbi.egbe@jku.at

Title: Additives for High Efficient Organic Solar Cells with Enhanced Power Conversion Efficiency
Authors: Wei-Fang Su
Affiliation: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan; E-Mail: suwf@ntu.edu.tw

Title: Fused-Thiophene-Based Materials for OPV and DSSC
Authors: Ming-Chou Chen
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan; E-Mail: mcchen@ncu.edu.tw

Title: Interface Engineering for Performance Enhancement of Organic Solar Cells
Author: Xugang Guo
Affiliation: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, China; E-Mail: guo.xg@sustc.edu.cn

Title: Synthesis of Thiophene- and 1,3,4-Thiadiazole-Based Donor-Acceptor Alternating Copolymers Suitable for Polymer Solar Cells with High Open Circuit Voltage
Author: Tomoya Higashihara
Affiliation: Department of Polymer Science and Engineering/Organic Device Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16 Jonan Yonezawa, Yamagata-ken 992-8510 Japan; E-mail: thigashihara@yz.yamagata-u.ac.jp
Abstract: We report synthesis and characterization of 1,3,4-thiadiazole (TD)-containing p-conjugated alternating copolymers with thiophene-based donor units, such as thiophene, selenophene, thienothiophene, 3,3-didodecyl bithiophene and (E)-1,2-di-(3-dodecylthiophene)vinylene. The polymers were synthesized by stille coupling reaction between 2,5-bis(5’-bromo-3’,4’-didodecylthien-2’-yl)-1,3,4-thiadiazole and different distannyl compounds. Most of polymers show deep highest occupied molecular orbital energy levels due to the strong electron withdrawing ability of the TD unit. We also investigated the crystalline structures in the thin-films and their solar cell performances, showing the highest Voc value of 0.99 V.

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