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Reference Number EP/Y026659/1
Title Symmetry-Breaking Charge Separation Materials for Single-junction Organic Photovoltaics
Status Started
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources (Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 50%;
Energy Efficiency (Residential and commercial) 5%;
Energy Efficiency (Transport) 5%;
Not Energy Related 40%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr A Rao
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University of Cambridge
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2023
End Date 31 August 2025
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £200,512
Industrial Sectors
Region East of England
Programme UKRI MSCA
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr A Rao , Physics, University of Cambridge (100.000%)
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Abstract Symmetry-breaking charge separation (SB-CS) is one of the key steps in the primary charge separation process of the photosynthesis reaction center, where structural or environmental fluctuations break the excited state symmetry of the chromophoric pair and yield a charge-separated (CS) state. Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) are of growing interest for indoor light harvesting, building, and vehicle-integrated photovoltaics applications. Unlike conventional inorganic photovoltaics, OPV devices conventionally use a combination of organic donor and acceptor molecules to dissociate excitons and generate photocurrent. There have been rapid advances in the performance of OPVs in the past few years, and single-junction OPVs have achieved a power conversion efficiency above 19%. This process involves intermolecular interactions in the solid state, unlike the SB-CS materials, which involve intramolecular interaction. However, this raises a fascinating question, what if SB-CS materials could be engineered in the solid state to take advantage of both intramolecular and intermolecular effects? Could this allow long-lived charge generation in low-dielectric solid-state environments? This project will venture into this less-explored area of SB-CS material-based single-junction OPVs. SB-CS materials are reported to generate a short-lived CS state via intramolecular interaction. This proposal aims to enhance the CS lifetime of SB-CS material in the solid state by exploiting intermolecular interactions to innovate an efficient charge transfer model. The rigid orthogonal or near-orthogonal arrangement of chromophores is considered an elegant design that renders efficient charge separation. Molecular functionalization and structural and photophysical characterization of materials will be performed to address the scientific challenge. A single-compartment OPV device will be made, and the project's completion will unleash paths for further systematic improvement of single-junction OPVs
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Added to Database 27/09/23