Energy Research Area: Design and synthesis of novel organic materials (polymers and macromolecules) for photovoltaic applications
Research in the Luscombe group focuses on polymeric materials for use in solar cells to replace more conventional materials such as silicon. The attraction of using polymers is that more lightweight, flexible, and portable devices can be made in a more cost effective fashion than existing Si devices. We have two approaches to making the new materials: (i) developing new methods to make semiconducting polymers so that they can be made in a controlled and more reproducible manner; (ii) developing new polymers which have not been made before to improve on light absorption, charge transport, and stability.
Record last updated on November 28th 2011 PST.