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Incorporation of Inorganic Nanoparticles into Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

  • Jilian N. de Freitas
  • Ana Flávia Nogueira
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Abstract

Organic solar cells are among the most promising devices for cheap solar energy conversion. The classical device consists of a bulk heterojunction of a conjugated polymer/fullerene network. Many research groups have focused on the replacement of the fullerene derivative with other materials, especially inorganic nanoparticles, due to their easily tunable properties, such as size/shape, absorption/emission and charge carrier transport. In this chapter, we highlight recent progress on the incorporation of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles and metal nanoparticles into organic solar cells. The role of these nanoparticles in the improvement of photocurrent, voltage and efficiency is discussed.

Keywords

Solar Cell High Occupied Molecular Orbital Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Lower Unoccupied Molecular Orbital Organic Solar Cell 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge FAPESP (fellowship 2009/15428-0) and CNPq for financial support, LME/LNNano/CNPEM for the technical support during the HR-TEM work, Prof. N. Serdar Sariciftci, Prof. Mônica A. Cotta, João H. Clerice and Giovanni Conturbia for scientific discussions, and Prof. Carol Collins for English revision.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Nanotechnology and Solar Energy, Chemistry InstituteUniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP)Campinas-SPBrazil

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