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Reference Number GR/T26559/01
Title The SUPERGEN Excitonic Solar Cells Consortium
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor LM Peter
No email address given
University of Bath
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2005
End Date 31 March 2009
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £1,095,676
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South West
Programme Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor LM Peter , Chemistry, University of Bath (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr J de Mello , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor J Durrant , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr N Robertson , Sch of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor Sir R Friend , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr N Greenham , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor J Nelson , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor D C (Donal ) Bradley , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor TS (Tim ) Jones , Chemistry, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr L (Lesley ) Yellowlees , College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cambridge Display Technology Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract Conventional solar cells are based on light absorption be semiconductors such as silicon. Fabrication of these cells usually involves high temperature routes, which is wasteful in terms of energy. A new class of solar cells based on organic materials is exciting increasing interest because they can be processed by the same low temperature techniques that are used to prepare flexible organic light emitting diodes, for example. The devices are called excitonic solar cells because light absorptioncreates electronically excited molecular states (excitons) that can break up to form electrons and holes at interfaces. The processes og light absorption and electrical power generatiuon in these cells have much in common with photosynthesis. So far the cells lag behind their older conventional counterparts, but the potential for development and optimisation is enormous since a wide range of organic materials with desired properties can be obtained by targeted chemical synthesis. This proposalbrings together four leading research groups in a concerted effort to develop existing organic solar cells and to explore new types. The consortium combines expertise in the key areas of materials synthesis (dyes, organic polymers, quantum dots), cell fabrication and device characterisatioin, and the research programme will explore several promising avenues
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