(11-0218) COPE Distinguished Lecture Series, Prof. Alan Heeger

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    • Friday February 18, 2011 - Saturday February 19, 2011
      3:00 pm - 3:59 pm
  • Location: MoSE G011
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Summary Sentence: Prof. Alan J. Heeger, University of California, Santa Barbara

Full Summary: Prof. Alan J. Heeger, University of California, Santa Barbara 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Plastic Solar Cells: Self‐Assembly of Bulk Heterojunction Nano‐materials by Spontaneous Phase Separation

Prof. Alan J. Heeger, University of California, Santa Barbara

2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Plastic Solar Cells: Self‐Assembly of Bulk Heterojunction Nano‐materials by Spontaneous Phase Separation

I will describe the discovery of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer as the scientific foundation for the creation of a technology for low cost “plastic” solar cells. This initial charge separation occurs at a time scale two orders of magnitude faster than the first step in photo‐synthesis in green plants. Charge collection at the electrodes is accomplished through self‐assembly of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) nano‐materials by spontaneous phase separation.

I will focus on the details of the operating mechanism; the origin of the open circuit voltage (Voc), the role of morphology on the charge separation and charge collection at the electrodes, the need for charge selective buffer layers and the origin of the limitations on the fill factor (FF).

I will summarize recent progress on the performance of solar cells fabricated from semiconducting polymers. We see a clear technology pathway to solar cells with lifetimes and efficiencies required for rooftop applications.

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  • Created On: Feb 10, 2011 - 8:00pm
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