Subsequent projects

Prof. Dr. Christoph Brabec
Friedrich-Alexander-University of
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Werkst. d. Elektronik u. Energietechnik)

Prof. Dr. Mike McGehee
Stanford University
Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Understanding degradation mechanisms in highly efficient solution processable photovoltaic devices: polymer and perovskite solar cells

Organic solar cells represent a next generation photovoltaic technology that enables flexible, light weight and low cost power generating devices. Collaboration between Stanford and Erlangen revealed the critical influence of the donor polymer morphology on the stability of organic solar cells. Investigations on the role of acceptor materials, such as fullerenes and also solution processable small molecules are the next steps in this project that studies the relations between microstructural changes during device operation and their influence on device performance. With a strong background in reliability of solution processable photovoltaics, studies on novel hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite materials for photovoltaic application are expected to result in important contributions to this emerging field. Perovskite solar cells have recently drawn enormous attention in the scientific community, but substantial improvements of device stability will be critical for a success of this technology.


Primary project: Understanding degradation mechanisms in highly efficient organic solar cells


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