Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


(April 15) KAIST CBE Special Seminar - Prof. Tobin J. Marks, Northwestern University


KAIST CBE Special Seminar



- Speaker: Prof. Tobin J. Marks

Department of Chemistry, Materials Research Center,

Argonne-Northwestern Solar Research Center

Northwestern University

- Title: Interface Science of Organic Photovoltaics



- Date/Time: 15 April, 2014 (Tue) 16:30-17:30



- Place: #1101 @ W1-3 Bldg.


- Contact: Serim Kim (X3902)


The ability to fabricate molecularly tailored interfaces with nanoscale precision offers means to selectively modulate charge transport, molecular assembly, and exciton dynamics at hard matter-soft matter and soft-soft matter interfaces. Such interfaces can facilitate transport of the correct charges while blocking transport of the incorrect charges at the electrode-active layer interfaces of organic photovoltaic cells. This interfacial tailoring can also suppress carrier-trapping defect densities at interfaces and stabilize them with respect to physical/thermal de-cohesion. For soft matter-soft matter interfaces, interfacial tailoring can also facilitate exciton scission and photocurrent generation in such cells. In this lecture, challenges and opportunities in organic photovoltaic interface science are illustrated for four specific and interrelated areas of research: 1) controlling charge transport across hard matter(electrode)-soft matter interfaces in organic photovoltaic cells, 2) controlling charge transport by specific active layer orientational organization at electrodes, 3) controlling exciton dynamics and carrier generation at donor-acceptor interfaces in the active layer, 4) designing transparent conducting electrodes with improved properties. It will be seen that such rational interface engineering along with improved bulk-heterojunction polymer structures guided by theoretical/computational analysis affords exceptional fill factors, solar power conversion efficiencies greater than 9%, and enhanced cell durability.

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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