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Solar Energy and Photocatalysis

2011 Glass & Optical Materials Division Spring Meeting

Due to the potential for low-temperature, low-cost fabrication of optoelectronic devices derived from organic semiconducting materials, there is considerable interest in understanding the fundamental property, processing, and performance relationships in these disordered materials. Soft materials can be integrated with the unique functional aspects of inorganic semiconductors or conductors in the form of sol-gels, nanoparticles, quantum dots, and nanowire-based thin films to afford independent optimization of discrete components within a given device. Although a strong technological need has been demonstrated for high-performance photovoltaics, light emitters, photocatalytic materials, and other large area thin-film electronics, many mechanistic details remain unresolved. These sessions will provide a forum to discuss the latest research problems involving the characterization and design of devices, new synthetic techniques, functional inorganic and organic-inorganic composite (hybrid) devices, structure/property/process relationships, environmental stability, and nanostructed architectures. Specific topic ideas include:

  • Charge transport (characterization and modeling)
  • Device and materials characterization
  • Degradation mechanisms and lifetime assessment
  • Novel synthesis methods
  • Organic-inorganic interfacial phenomena (including charge transfer processes, structural templating, band alignment, morphological evolution)
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid devices (PV, light emitting, transistors, sensors, etc.)
  • Nanostructured architectures and devices
  • Inorganic contact layers (E/HTL, E/HIL, interfacial or electrode modification)



Matthew T. Lloyd, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA

Dana C. Olson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA


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