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Molecules 2014, 19(11), 17329-17344;

Use of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) with Polymers in Solar Cells

Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST), Flinders University of South Australia, Bedford Park, Adelaide, SA 5042, Australia
Advanced Material Research Chair, Chemistry Department, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 5 September 2014 / Revised: 30 September 2014 / Accepted: 17 October 2014 / Published: 28 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Diversity)
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There is a clear need to make energy cheap, readily accessible and green, while ensuring its production does not contribute to further climate change. Of all the options available, photovoltaics offer the highest probability of delivering a meaningful and sustainable change in the way society produces its energy. One approach to the development of such photovoltaics involves the use of polymers. These systems offer the advantages of cheap production, flexibility (and hence a range of deployment opportunities) and tunability of light absorption. However, there are issues with polymer-based photovoltaic systems and one significant effort to improve these systems has involved the use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). This review will focus on those efforts. CNTs have been used in virtually every component of the devices to help charge conduction, improve electrode flexibility and in some cases as active light absorbing materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar cells; carbon nanotubes; CNTs; organophotovoltaics; OPVs; polymers solar cells; carbon nanotubes; CNTs; organophotovoltaics; OPVs; polymers

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Alturaif, H.A.; ALOthman, Z.A.; Shapter, J.G.; Wabaidur, S.M. Use of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) with Polymers in Solar Cells. Molecules 2014, 19, 17329-17344.

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