Maximizing the short circuit current of organic solar cells by partial decoupling of electrical and optical properties

Wayesh Qarony, Mohammad I. Hossain, Vladislav Jovanov, Dietmar Knipp, Yuen Hong Tsang

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The partial decoupling of electronic and optical properties of organic solar cells allows for realizing solar cells with increased short circuit current and energy conversion efficiency. The proposed device consists of an organic solar cell conformally prepared on the surface of an array of single and double textured pyramids. The device geometry allows for increasing the optical thickness of the organic solar cell, while the electrical thickness is equal to the nominal thickness of the solar cell. By increasing the optical thickness of the solar cell, the short circuit current is distinctly increased. The quantum efficiency and short circuit current are determined using finite-difference time-domain simulations of the 3D solar cell structure. The influence of different solar cell designs on the quantum efficiency and short circuit current is discussed and optimal device dimensions are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-346
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Nanoscience (Switzerland)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2018


  • FDTD
  • Light trapping
  • Organic solar cells
  • Pyramid texture
  • Solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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