Visibly transparent polymer solar cells produced by solution processing

Chun Chao Chen, Letian Dou, Rui Zhu, Choong Heui Chung, Tze Bin Song, Yue Bing Zheng, Steve Hawks, Gang Li, Paul S. Weiss, Yang Yang

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Visibly transparent photovoltaic devices can open photovoltaic applications in many areas, such as building-integrated photovoltaics or integrated photovoltaic chargers for portable electronics. We demonstrate high-performance, visibly transparent polymer solar cells fabricated via solution processing. The photoactive layer of these visibly transparent polymer solar cells harvests solar energy from the near-infrared region while being less sensitive to visible photons. The top transparent electrode employs a highly transparent silver nanowire-metal oxide composite conducting film, which is coated through mild solution processes. With this combination, we have achieved 4% power-conversion efficiency for solution-processed and visibly transparent polymer solar cells. The optimized devices have a maximum transparency of 66% at 550 nm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7185-7190
Number of pages6
JournalACS Nano
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • polymer solar cell
  • silver nanowire
  • solution process
  • transparent electrode
  • transparent solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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