Light management for conjugated polymer-based photovoltaics

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Three case studies that demonstrate the effective application of plasmonic nanoparticles for light harvesting in thin film organic conjugated polymer active absorber layers and tandem conjugated polymer/silicon films are reviewed. First, template deposition of Au nanoparticles directly on top of ultra-thin (≤ 50 nm) poly(3-hexylthiophene), P3HT, films on planar Ag enables gap nanoantenna modes to occur in the P3HT film which increase and broaden the P3HT absorption band. Secondly, the application of nanostructured plasmonic electrodes for bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic devices is shown to promote light trapping and increased red-edge photocurrent. Finally, our recent study whereby Ag nanoparticle arrays are placed at a P3HT/Si interface is summarized. This configuration can increase light trapping by scattering in both P3HT and Si over complementary wavelength ranges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
StatePublished - 2013
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 21 2013

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Other39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTampa, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Bulk-heterojunction
  • Conjugated polymer
  • Hybrid organic/inorganic films
  • Light management
  • Photovoltaic
  • Plasmonics


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