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

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Paul Armistead

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 33

Division: Naval Materials


Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

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