Special Issue "Polymer Films for Photovoltaic Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: organic materials and conjugated polymers; thin films and nanotechnology; materials characterization; optical spectroscopy; absorption edge parameters; electronic transitions; thermo-optical properties; doping; polymer films in optoelectronic structures
This Special Issue focuses on the polymer thin films and polymer blend films in photovoltaic (PV) structures. Organic materials are widely used today in optoelectronic devices, such as organic solar cells (OSCs), mainly due to the low cost of production (thin films may be deposited at low temperature on a large surface, on flexible substrates). However, polymer compounds in OSC systems also have certain limitations, such as low efficiency and short lifetime of devices, resulting from an insufficient thermal and time stability. Polymers, which may be utilized in PV systems, should exhibit the appropriate optical properties (e.g., a wide range of absorption and low energy gap), good durability and stability (not undergoing any phase transitions or degradation in the temperature range in which the system is working), and relevant electronic structure (good alignment of molecular orbitals of donor and acceptor compounds in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells).
This Special Issue covers all the fields related to polymer films for photovoltaic applications, but special attention will be given to the following aspects:
- Synthesis and suitable modification of polymer structure, to obtain polymer thin films for PV devices;
- Influence of film deposition (TVE—thermal vacuum evaporation, CVD—chemical vapor deposition, spin coating, spray, etc.) on properties of polymer films;
- Thermo-optical properties of polymer thin films and blends of polymer films, as potential parts of PV systems;
- Influence of doping or protonation of polymer thin films and blend polymer films on their properties;
- Polymer thin films, as active layers in PV solar cells—correlation of chemical structure and PV properties;
- BHJ solar cells with polymer blends films—the choice of blend film composition to obtain the best PV parameters.
Authors are welcome to submit their latest research in the form of original full articles, communications, or reviews on this topic.
Prof. Dr. Bożena Jarząbek
Manuscript Submission Information
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- polymer thin films
- polymer blends films
- doped polymer films
- thermo-optical properties
- organic solar cells
- BHJ photovoltaic structures