Recent trends in polymer tandem solar cells research

Jingbi You, Letian Dou, Ziruo Hong, Gang Li, Yang Yang

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Polymer solar cells have many intrinsic advantages, such as their light weight, flexibility, and low material and manufacturing costs. Recently, polymer tandem solar cells have attracted significant attention due to their potential to achieve higher performance than single cells. This trend article intends to provide the latest progress in polymer tandem solar cell technology with a focus on active layer materials and interfacial materials for sub-cell interconnection. Following an introduction of the structure and current status of polymer tandem solar cells, this article will review polymers which have been, and could be used, for tandem solar cells. Furthermore, this article will discuss the interconnecting layer consisting of p- and n-type interfacial layers, which is equally critical for polymer tandem solar cells. Finally, because tandem solar cell measurements are more complicated than that of single solar cells, this article will also address polymer tandem solar cell measurement issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1909-1928
Number of pages20
JournalProgress in Polymer Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Multi-junction solar cells
  • Polymer solar cells
  • Polymers
  • Tandem structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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