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Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials Colloquium Chrisoph Brabec


11 February 2010 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christoph Brabec
Affiliation: Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology, Universität Erlangen, Germany
Title: Organic solar cells - from fundamental research to first applications
Date: Thu Feb 11, 2010
Start: 16.00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15.30)
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


The technology of organic solar cells has matured to an extent that commercialization of first products is starting. The main focus and research efforts up to now were placed on novel organic semiconductors which have the potential to further increase the power conversion efficiency. That strategy has proven very successful, and within the last three years efficiencies have evolved from the 4 % into the 7 % regime. These efforts in material development will without any doubt further grow; at least until the magic 10 % efficiency milestone is met.
However, with the first products pushing into the market, the research community realizes that a qualified product requires more than only a high efficiency number. Lifetime and costs are of course as important as efficiency, but to achieve a good combination between performance, lifetime and efficiency, multiple technological challenges are met and have to be solved.
In this presentation we will review the materials, processes and components and strategies requiredfor a successful product. Specific emphasis will be placed onthe challenges related to printing of organic semiconductors.
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