Organic Photovoltaics Program
This Office of Naval Research program's purpose is to develop low-cost, light-weight, rugged thin-film organic photovoltaics with overall power conversion efficiencies of 15 percent or greater. This technology would enable the in-field implementation of flexible, disposable photovoltaic devices such as sensors, solar tent canopies and battery rechargers – greatly reducing the logistical burden of maintaining power generation capabilities in extensible positions. Current focus areas include the development of advanced materials for separate functionalities (hole/electron transport, sensitizing), investigating the effects of interfaces and constituent morphology on cell performance, developing tools to optimize device efficiency and develop reproducible material processing capabilities for affordability.
- Man-portable sunlight-powered devices
- Disposable sensors
- Battery rechargers
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