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Block copolymers for photovoltaics

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Photovoltaic energy conversion is arguably the most promising option for supplying renewable, carbon-neutral energy on a global scale. In order to reach grid parity, however, costs must be reduced substantially. Inexpensive materials generally exhibit efficiencies too low for practical application, but by controlling the morphology on the nanoscale there are opportunities to achieve significant improvements in this area. Block copolymers, which naturally self-assemble into periodic ordered nanostructures, can be utilized in diverse ways to control morphology, ranging from active layers to structure directors to a combination of these methodologies.

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The article was received on 19 Jun 2009, accepted on 29 Jul 2009 and first published on 19 Aug 2009

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/B912086F
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2009,2, 1266-1273
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    Block copolymers for photovoltaics

    S. B. Darling, Energy Environ. Sci., 2009, 2, 1266
    DOI: 10.1039/B912086F

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