Solution-Processed Semitransparent Organic Photovoltaics: From Molecular Design to Device Performance

Viktor V. Brus, Jaewon Lee, Benjamin R. Luginbuhl, Seo Jin Ko, Guillermo C. Bazan, Thuc Quyen Nguyen

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Recent research efforts on solution-processed semitransparent organic solar cells (OSCs) are presented. Essential properties of organic donor:acceptor bulk heterojunction blends and electrode materials, required for the combination of simultaneous high power conversion efficiency (PCE) and average visible transmittance of photovoltaic devices, are presented from the materials science and device engineering points of view. Aspects of optical perception, charge generation–recombination, and extraction processes relevant for semitransparent OSCs are also discussed in detail. Furthermore, the theoretical limits of PCE for fully transparent OSCs, compared to the performance of the best reported semitransparent OSCs, and options for further optimization are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900904
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - Jul 26 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • narrow bandgap materials
  • organic photovoltaics
  • semitransparent electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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