2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium ES18-Frontiers in Organic Photovoltaics

In recent years, organic photovoltaics (OPV) have undergone a dramatic transformation that has challenged established limitations. Advances in large-scale processing, improvements in stability, and the realization of enhanced mechanical properties have been matched by significant increases in device efficiency and greater understanding of morphology. Much of this surge in performance has been driven by new materials development. Specifically, non-fullerene acceptors have opened the door to higher efficiency regimes due to the reduction of voltage losses. A number of fundamental challenges are the focus of current research and will be the subject of this symposium. Loss mechanisms still prevent OPV from achieving their ultimate potential. Understanding loss mechanisms and translation of fundamental principles to the next generation of donor and acceptor components is critical. Also, control over morphology from the bulk to the level of interfaces is essential for optimal charge generation, transport, and the mitigation of recombination. Advances in fundamental insights into the influence of morphology at all levels on device function and techniques (including new materials development) to control morphology are required. Also, the development of the new active and interface materials applicable to eco-friendly solution processing is essential to transfer the current lab-scale research to a commercially-compatible fabrication process. Finally, integration of these new insights into the scalable fabrication of stable solar cells with advanced function (e.g. stretchable or transparent) will propel the field forward. The aim of this symposium is to gather leading researchers to share important recent advances critical for the next wave of breakthroughs.

Topics will include:

  • Synthesis of new donors and acceptors
  • New insights into morphology-property relationships
  • Stability of OPVs
  • Advances in non-fullerene acceptors
  • High performance OPVs
  • Device physics and charge transport
  • Ternary blends and tandem solar cells
  • Processing techniques amenable to large scale
  • Flexible and stretchable OPV

Invited Speakers:

  • Jean-Luc Bredas (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Alex Jen (City University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Martin Heeney (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Dean DeLongchamp (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Yanchun Han (Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China)
  • Lynn Loo (Princeton University, USA)
  • Harald Ade (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Tayebeh Ameri (University of Munich)
  • Christoph Brabec (Friedrich Alexander University, Germany)
  • Hongzheng Chen (Zhejiang University, China)
  • Yen-Ju Cheng (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
  • Stephen Forrest (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Jianhui Hou (Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Sung-Ho Jin (Pusan National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Jungyong Lee (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Karl Leo (Technical University of Dresden, Germany)
  • Yutaka Matsuo (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Iain McCullouch (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Thuc-Quyen Nguyen (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Hideo Ohkita (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Taiho Park (Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Han Young Woo (Korea University, Republic of Korea)
  • Angus Yip (South China University of Technology, China)
  • Xiaowei Zhan (Peking University, China)
  • Dahui Zhao (Peking University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Barry Thompson
University of Southern California
Department of Chemistry

Nicolas Blouin
Merck KGaA

Fei Huang
South China University of Technology
Materials Science and Engineering

Bumjoon Kim
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering
Republic of Korea

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