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Charge generation in organic photovoltaics: a review of theory and computation

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Abstract

Due to their amenability to highly scalable fabrication and steadily improving efficiencies, organic photovoltaics (OPVs) offer great potential as an alternative to carbon-based fuel sources. With recently reported power conversion efficiencies of 11–12%, OPVs are on the brink of economic viability. However, to push these technologies forward into widespread use, further optimizations of efficiency are needed. The process of exciton dissociation and charge separation at donor/acceptor interfaces is a major factor influencing the power conversion efficiency of these devices, with loss of useful energy occurring if the charges fail to separate. However, this process of exciton dissociation and separation at OPV heterojunctions is not fully understood, and experimental efforts to optimize these processes via trial and error are costly. Thus, theoretical modeling plays a key role in understanding and improving the rate of charge generation in OPVs. Here we review key theoretical approaches to modeling the process of exciton dissociation and charge separation and their contributions to the challenge of optimizing OPV technology.

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The article was received on 19 Jan 2016, accepted on 19 Feb 2016 and first published on 29 Feb 2016


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00005C
Citation: Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016,1, 10-24
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    Charge generation in organic photovoltaics: a review of theory and computation

    K. M. Pelzer and S. B. Darling, Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 10
    DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00005C

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