Next Generation Acceptors for High-Performance Solar Cells

  • Supervisor: Professor Graeme Cooke (University of Glasgow), Professor Ifor Samuel (University of St Andrews)
  • Sponsoring company: Merck Chemicals Ltd
  • PhD Student: Cosma Gottardi

Organic excitonic solar cells have recently achieved impressive power conversion efficiencies in harvesting sunlight. However, some challenges remain. Recent advances in efficiency in fullerene-free organic solar cells based on indacenodithiophene-based small molecule acceptors have been achieved. This project aims to further optimise the properties of these promising acceptor dyes by modifying various functional groups and side chains.



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