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Building an Organic Solar Cell: Fundamental Procedures for Device Fabrication

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Center of Materials Technology and Photonics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU), 71004 Heraklion, Greece
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Department of Electronic Engineering, Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU), 73132 Chania, Greece
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Energies 2019, 12(11), 2188; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12112188
Received: 24 April 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 4 June 2019 / Published: 8 June 2019
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Abstract

This laboratory experiment is designed to train undergraduate students in the fundamental steps followed in engineering solution-processed organic solar cells and to offer insight on the operating principles of said device. Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells represent a photovoltaic architecture which has attracted a lot of attention due to its promising properties; moreover, this architecture, due to its low cost and potential, is continuously being investigated and improved. This paper is intended as a useful step-by-step guide for students and researchers to learn how to construct such a device. Another primary objective of this article is to highlight the importance of optimizing device performance through enhancing the optical, electrical, and morphological properties of the materials selected as building blocks. Once a completed organic solar cell is made, students will also learn how to investigate and assess its performance through a series of spectroscopic, electrical, and morphological characterization measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: photovoltaic effect; organic solar cells (OSCs); bulk heterojunction (BHJ); fabrication process; laboratory equipment; interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary; donor/acceptor material; power conversion efficiency (PCE); hands-on learning/manipulatives photovoltaic effect; organic solar cells (OSCs); bulk heterojunction (BHJ); fabrication process; laboratory equipment; interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary; donor/acceptor material; power conversion efficiency (PCE); hands-on learning/manipulatives
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Anagnostou, K.; Stylianakis, M.M.; Petridis, K.; Kymakis, E. Building an Organic Solar Cell: Fundamental Procedures for Device Fabrication. Energies 2019, 12, 2188.

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