Photoinduced Absorbtion Study of Organic Photovoltaic Cells Sensitized with Inorganic Nanocrystals


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Zachary A Barber
Committee: David Coffey, Langdon Martin, Steve Cartier

Organic solar cells combining conjugated polymers and either fullerenes or semi-conductor nanocrystals (Quantum Dots) are being studied as a cheaper, cleaner form of solar energy. However, photoconversion efficiencies for these cells have remained far behind those of their counterparts. Photoinduced Absorption, a method of measuring efficiency, was used to study charge creation in polymer/fullerene and polymer/QD blends. Increases in sensitivity allowed for measurement of stable charge in control samples.