Dr. Thomas D. Anthopoulos "Strategies for Increasing the Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells"

May 19
May 19, 2021 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Guest talk

Dr. Thomas D. AnthopoulosKing Abdullah University of Science andTechnology (KAUST), KAUST Solar Center (KSC)

Strategies for Increasingthe Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells

Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) represent a promising emergingtechnology for clean and renewable energy generation. Recent developments inthe field of small molecule acceptors combined with an improved understandingof the device operation have helped boosting the power conversion efficiency(PCE) of organic solar cells to over 18%. However, further improvement inmaterials, processing and microstructural engineering of the photoactive layer,charge transport interlayers and cell architecture, would be required in order toattain the maximum theoretically predicted level of performance. In this talk Iwill discuss key recent developments in the field of OPVs with focus onpractical strategies for boosting the overall cell performance. Particularemphasis will be placed on the use of electronic dopants and advancedinterlayer technologies for improving the cell’s efficiency and operational stability.Finally, the design and implementation of multi-junction cell architectures andtheir various advantages, but also limitations, will be discussed.


Thomas D. Anthopoulos is a Professor of Material Science andEngineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) inSaudi Arabia. He received his B.Eng. and D.Phil. degrees from StaffordshireUniversity in UK. He then spent two years at the University of St. Andrews (UK)where he worked on organic light-emitting diodes before join Philips ResearchLaboratories in The Netherlands to focus on printable microelectronics. From2006 to 2017 he held faculty positions at Imperial College London (UK), firstas an EPSRC Advanced Fellow and later as a Reader and full Professor of ExperimentalPhysics. His research interests are diverse and cover the development andapplication of novel processing paradigms and the physics, chemistry &application of functional materials.

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