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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099813/photoactive-donor-acceptor-composite-nanoparticles-dispersed-in-water
#1
Laurie Parrenin, Gildas Laurans, Eleni Pavlopoulou, Guillaume Fleury, Gilles Pecastaings, Cyril Brochon, Laurence Vignau, Georges Hadziioannou, Eric Cloutet
A major issue that inhibits large-scale fabrication of organic solar modules is the use of chlorinated solvents considered as toxic and hazardous. In this work, composite particles of poly[N-9'-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4,7-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole] (PCDTBT) and [6,6]-Phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) were obtained in water from a versatile and a ready-to-market methodology based on miniemulsion post-polymerization. Depending on experimental conditions, size-controlled particles comprising both the electron-donor and the electron-acceptor were obtained and characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopic (AFM), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), UV-visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099020/two-dimensional-electronic-stark-spectroscopy
#2
Anton Loukianov, Andrew Niedringhaus, Brandon Berg, Jie Pan, S Seckin Senlik, Jennifer P Ogilvie
Characterizing ultrafast energy and charge transfer is important for understanding a wide range of systems, from natural photosynthetic complexes to organic photovoltaics. Distinguishing the kinetic processes of energy transfer and charge separation in such systems is challenging due to the lack of clear spectral signatures of charge transfer states, which are typically non-radiative. Stark spectroscopy has proven to be a valuable method for uncovering charge transfer states. Here we extend the dimensionality of Stark spectroscopy to perform two-dimensional electronic Stark spectroscopy...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098975/development-of-spiro-cyclopenta-1-2-b-5-4-b-dithiophene-4-9-fluorene-based-a-%C3%AF-d-%C3%AF-a-small-molecules-with-different-acceptor-units-for-efficient-organic-solar-cells
#3
Wengong Wang, Ping Shen, Xinning Dong, Chao Weng, Guo Wang, Haijun Bin, Jing Zhang, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Yongfang Li
Three acceptor-π-donor-π-acceptor (A-π-D-π-A) small molecules (STFYT, STFRDN, and STFRCN) with spiro[cyclopenta[1,2-b:5,4-b']dithiophene-4,9'-fluorene] (STF) as the central donor unit, terthiophene as the π-conjugated bridge, indenedione, 3-ethylrhodanine, or 2-(1,1-dicyanomethylene)rhodanine as the acceptor unit are designed, synthesized and characterized as electron donor materials in solution-processing organic solar cells (OSCs). The effects of the spiro STF-based central core and different acceptors on the molecular configuration, absorption properties, electronic energy levels, carrier transport properties, the morphology of active layers, and photovoltaic properties are investigated in detail...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098970/strong-enhancement-of-photoelectric-conversion-efficiency-of-co-hybridized-polymer-solar-cell-by-silver-nanoplates-and-core-shell-nanoparticles
#4
Wenfei Shen, Jianguo Tang, Yao Wang, Jixian Liu, Linjun Huang, Weichao Chen, Lanlan Yang, Wei Wang, Yanxin Wang, Renqiang Yang, Jungheum Yun, Laurence A Belfiore
A new way was meticulously designed to utilize the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect and the light scattering effect of silver nanoplate (Ag-nPl) and core-shell Ag@SiO2 nanoparticles (Ag@SiO2-NPs) to enhance the photovoltaic performances of polymer solar cells (PSCs). To prevent direct contact between silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) and photo-active materials which will cause electrons quenching, bare Ag-nPl were spin-coated on indium tin oxide and silica capsulated Ag-NPs were incorporated to PBDTTT-C-T:PC71BM active layer...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098308/a-core-multiple-shell-nanostructure-enabling-concurrent-upconversion-and-quantum-cutting-for-photon-management
#5
Wei Shao, Guanying Chen, Tymish Y Ohulchanskyy, Chunhui Yang, Hans Ågren, Paras N Prasad
Photon management enables the manipulation of the number of input photons by conversion of two or more light quanta into one (upconversion) or vice versa (quantum cutting). Simultaneous realization of both these processes in a single unit provides unique opportunities of efficient utilization of photons throughout a broad spectral range. Yet, concurrent realization of these two parallel optical processes in one single unit remains elusive, limiting its impact on many existing or possible future applications such as for panchromatic photovoltaics...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098187/carbon-elimination-from-silicon-kerf-thermogravimetric-analysis-and-mechanistic-considerations
#6
Miguel Vazquez-Pufleau, Tandeep S Chadha, Gregory Yablonsky, Pratim Biswas
40% of ultrapure silicon is lost as kerf during slicing to produce wafers. Kerf is currently not being recycled due to engineering challenges and costs associated with removing its abundant impurities. Carbon left behind from the lubricant remains as one of the most difficult contaminants to remove in kerf without significant silicon oxidation. The present work enables to better understand the mechanism of carbon elimination in kerf which can aid the design of better processes for kef recycling and low cost photovoltaics...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094931/observation-of-internal-photoinduced-electron-and-hole-separation-in-hybrid-two-dimentional-perovskite-films
#7
Junxue Liu, Jing Leng, Kaifeng Wu, Jun Zhang, Shengye Jin
Two-dimensional (2D) organolead halide perovskites are promising for various optoelectronic applications. Here we report a unique spontaneous charge (electron/hole) separation property in multilayered (BA)2(MA)n-1PbnI3n+1 (BA = CH3(CH2)3NH3(+), MA = CH3NH3(+)) 2D perovskite films by studying the charge carrier dynamics using ultrafast transient absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Surprisingly, the 2D perovskite films, although nominally prepared as "n = 4", are found to be mixture of multiple perovskite phases, with n = 2, 3, 4 and ≈ ∞, that naturally align in the order of n along the direction perpendicular to the substrate...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094830/molecular-electron-acceptors-for-efficient-fullerene-free-organic-solar-cells
#8
Shuixing Li, Zhongqiang Zhang, Minmin Shi, Chang-Zhi Li, Hongzheng Chen
Nowadays, organic solar cells (OSCs) with efficiencies over 10% have been achieved through the elaborate design of electron donors and fullerene acceptors. However, the drawbacks of fullerene acceptors, like poor absorption, limited chemical and energetic tunabilities, high-cost purification and morphological instability, have become the bottlenecks for the further improvement of OSCs. To overcome the mentioned shortages from fullerene, research studies on non-fullerene electron acceptors have boomed. To date, the highest efficiency of fullerene-free OSCs has been pushed to be 12%, which surpasses that of fullerene-based OSCs...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094499/organic-solar-cells-with-controlled-nanostructures-based-on-microphase-separation-of-fullerene-attached-thiophene-selenophene-heteroblock-copolymers
#9
Peihong Chen, Kyohei Nakano, Kaori Suzuki, Kazuhito Hashimoto, Tomoka Kikitsu, Daisuke Hashizume, Tomoyuki Koganezawa, Keisuke Tajima
Heteroblock copolymers consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and fullerene-attached poly(3-alkylselenophene) (T-b-Se-PCBP) were synthesized for organic photovoltaic applications by quasi-living catalyst transfer polycondensation and subsequent conversion reactions. Characterization of the polymers confirmed the formation of well-defined diblock structures with high loading of the fullerene at the side chain (~40 wt%). Heteroblock copolymer cast as a thin film showed a clear microphase-separated nanostructure approximately 30 nm in repeating unit after thermal annealing, which is identical to the microphase-separated nanostructure of diblock copolymer consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and fullerene-attached poly(3-alkylthiophene) (T-b-T-PCBP)...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094318/hydrogen-reduction-of-molybdenum-oxide-at-room-temperature
#10
Andreas Borgschulte, Olga Sambalova, Renaud Delmelle, Sandra Jenatsch, Roland Hany, Frank Nüesch
The color changes in chemo- and photochromic MoO3 used in sensors and in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells can be traced back to intercalated hydrogen atoms stemming either from gaseous hydrogen dissociated at catalytic surfaces or from photocatalytically split water. In applications, the reversibility of the process is of utmost importance, and deterioration of the layer functionality due to side reactions is a critical challenge. Using the membrane approach for high-pressure XPS, we are able to follow the hydrogen reduction of MoO3 thin films using atomic hydrogen in a water free environment...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094249/thermal-engineering-of-fapbi3-perovskite-material-via-radiative-thermal-annealing-and-in-situ-xrd
#11
Vanessa L Pool, Benjia Dou, Douglas G Van Campen, Talysa R Klein-Stockert, Frank S Barnes, Sean E Shaheen, Md I Ahmad, Maikel F A M van Hest, Michael F Toney
Lead halide perovskites have emerged as successful optoelectronic materials with high photovoltaic power conversion efficiencies and low material cost. However, substantial challenges remain in the scalability, stability and fundamental understanding of the materials. Here we present the application of radiative thermal annealing, an easily scalable processing method for synthesizing formamidinium lead iodide (FAPbI3) perovskite solar absorbers. Devices fabricated from films formed via radiative thermal annealing have equivalent efficiencies to those annealed using a conventional hotplate...
January 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092159/probe-decomposition-of-methylammonium-lead-iodide-perovskite-in-n2-and-o2-by-in-situ-infrared-spectroscopy
#12
Xiaozhou Yu, Ying Qin, Qing Peng
Packaging methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3) based solar cells with a controlled gaseous atmosphere, such as N2 or dry air, is a promising solution for its application as outdoor photovoltaics. However, the effect of N2 and O2 on the decomposition chemistry and kinetics of MAPbI3 is not well understood yet. With in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements, we show that the effective activation energy for the degradation of MAPbI3 in N2 is ~ 120 kJ/mol. The decomposition of MAPbI3 is greatly enhanced when MAPbI3 is exposed to O2...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091637/investigation-of-a-new-bis-carboxylate-triazole-based-anchoring-ligand-for-dye-solar-cell-chromophore-complexes
#13
Alessandro Sinopoli, Fiona A Black, Christopher J Wood, Elizabeth A Gibson, Paul I P Elliott
A novel anchoring ligand for dye-sensitised solar cell chromophoric complexes, 1-(2,2'-bipyrid-4-yl)-1,2,3-triazole-4,5-dicarboxylic acid (dctzbpy), is described. The new dye complexes [Ru(bpy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6]2 (AS16), [Ir(ppy)2(dctzbpy)][PF6] (AS17) and [Re(dctzbpy)(CO)3Cl] (AS18) were prepared in a two stage procedure with intermediate isolation of their diester analogues, AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 respectively. Electrochemical analysis of AS16-Et2, AS17-Et2 and AS18-Et2 reveal reduction potentials in the range -1...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091606/long-term-efficient-organic-photovoltaics-based-on-quaternary-bulk-heterojunctions
#14
Minwoo Nam, Minjeong Cha, Hyun Hwi Lee, Kahyun Hur, Kyu-Tae Lee, Jaehong Yoo, Il Ki Han, S Joon Kwon, Doo-Hyun Ko
A major impediment to the commercialization of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is attaining long-term morphological stability of the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) layer. To secure the stability while pursuing optimized performance, multi-component BHJ-based OPVs have been strategically explored. Here we demonstrate the use of quaternary BHJs (q-BHJs) composed of two conjugated polymer donors and two fullerene acceptors as a novel platform to produce high-efficiency and long-term durable OPVs. A q-BHJ OPV (q-OPV) with an experimentally optimized composition exhibits an enhanced efficiency and extended operational lifetime than does the binary reference OPV...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089397/challenges-for-critical-raw-material-recovery-from-weee-the-case-study-of-gallium
#15
Maximilian Ueberschaar, Sarah Julie Otto, Vera Susanne Rotter
Gallium and gallium compounds are more frequently used in future oriented technologies such as photovoltaics, light diodes and semiconductor technology. In the long term the supply risk is estimated to be critical. Germany is one of the major primary gallium producer, recycler of gallium from new scrap and GaAs wafer producer. Therefore, new concepts for a resource saving handling of gallium and appropriate recycling strategies have to be designed. This study focus on options for a possible recycling of gallium from waste electric and electronic equipment...
January 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088118/histidine-functionalized-carbon-based-dot-zinc-ii-nanoparticles-as-a-novel-stabilizer-for-pickering-emulsion-synthesis-of-polystyrene-microspheres
#16
Li Ruiyi, Li Zaijun, Liu Junkang
Carbon-based dots (CDs) are nanoparticles with size-dependent optical and electronic properties that have been widely applied in energy-efficient displays and lighting, photovoltaic devices and biological markers. However, conventional CDs are difficult to be used as ideal stabilizer for Pickering emulsion due to its irrational amphiphilic structure. The study designed and synthesized a new histidine-functionalized carbon dot-Zinc(II) nanoparticles, which is termed as His-CD-Zn. The His-CD was made via one-step hydrothermal treatment of histidine and maleic acid...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088091/solar-to-chemical-and-solar-to-fuel-production-from-co2-by-metabolically-engineered-microorganisms
#17
REVIEW
Han Min Woo
Recent development of carbon capture utilization (CCU) for reduction of greenhouse gas emission are reviewed. In the case of CO2 utilization, I describe development of solar-to-chemical and solar-to-fuel technology that refers to the use of solar energy to convert CO2 to desired chemicals and fuels. Photoautotrophic cyanobacterial platforms have been extensively developed on this principle, producing a diverse range of alcohols, organic acids, and isoprenoids directly from CO2. Recent breakthroughs in the metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria were reviewed...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078518/public-policy-performance-for-social-development-solar-energy-approach-to-assess-technological-outcome-in-mexico-city-metropolitan-area
#18
Angel Raúl Arenas-Aquino, Y Matsumoto-Kuwabara, M Kleiche-Dray
Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) is the most populated urban area in the country. In 2010, MCMA required 14.8% of total energy domestic demand, but greenhouse gas emissions accounted for 7.7% of domestic emissions. Mexico has massive renewable energy potential that could be harnessed through solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. The problem to explore is the relationship between local and federal public strategies in MCMA and their stance on energy transition concern, social empowerment, new technology appropriation, and the will to boost social development and urban sustainability...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078483/theoretical-characterization-on-photoelectric-properties-of-benzothiadiazole-and-fluorene-based-small-molecule-acceptor-materials-for-the-organic-photovoltaics
#19
Mingyue Sui, Shuangbao Li, Qingqing Pan, Guangyan Sun, Yun Geng
The upper efficiency of heterojunction organic photovoltaics depends on the increased open-circuit voltage (V oc) and short-circuit current (J sc). So, a higher lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) level is necessary for organic acceptor material to possess higher V oc and more photons absorbsorption in the solar spectrum is needed for larger J sc. In this article, we theoretically designed some small molecule acceptors (2∼5) based on fluorene (F), benzothiadiazole, and cyano group (CN) referring to the reported acceptor material 2-[{7-(9,9-di-n-propyl-9H-fluoren-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazol-4-yl}methylene]malononitrile (1), the crucial parameters affecting photoelectrical properties of compounds 2∼5 were evaluated by the density functional theory (DFT) and time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) methods...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076951/a-multiscale-study-of-plasmonic-scattering-and-light-trapping-effect-in-silicon-nanowire-array-solar-cells
#20
Lingyi Meng, Yu Zhang, ChiYung Yam
Nanometallic structures that support surface plasmons provide new ways to confine light at deep-subwavelength scales. In this paper, the effect of light scattering in nanowire array solar cells is studied by a multiscale approach combining classical electromagnetics (EM) and quantum mechanical (QM) simulations. A photovoltaic device is constructed by integrating a silicon nanowire array with a plasmonic silver nanosphere. The light scatterings by plasmonic element and nanowire array are obtained via classical EM simulations while current-voltage characteristics and optical properties of the nanowire cells are evaluated quantum mechanically...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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