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Fully spray-coated organic solar cells on woven polyester cotton fabrics for wearable energy harvesting applications

Fully spray-coated organic solar cells on woven polyester cotton fabrics for wearable energy harvesting applications
Fully spray-coated organic solar cells on woven polyester cotton fabrics for wearable energy harvesting applications
This paper presents the novel use of spray coating to fabricate organic solar cells on fabrics for wearable energy harvesting applications. The surface roughness of standard woven 65/35 polyester cotton fabric used in this work is of the order of 150 µm and this is reduced to few microns by a screen printed interface layer. This pre-treated fabric substrate with reduced surface roughness was used as the target substrate for the spray coated fabric organic solar cells that contains multiple layers of electrodes and active materials. A fully spray coated photovoltaic (PV) devices fabricated on fabric substrates has been successfully demonstrated with comparable power conversion efficiency to the glass based counterparts. All PV devices are characterised under simulated AM 1.5 conditions. Device morphologies were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). This approach is potentially suitable for the low cost integration of PV devices into clothing and other decorative textiles.
2050-7488
5561-5568
Arumugam, Sasikumar
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Torah, Russel
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Kanibolotsky, Alexander
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Arumugam, Sasikumar, Li, Yi, Sundaram, Senthilarasu, Torah, Russel, Kanibolotsky, Alexander, Inigo, Anto, Skabara, Peter and Beeby, Steve (2016) Fully spray-coated organic solar cells on woven polyester cotton fabrics for wearable energy harvesting applications Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4, pp. 5561-5568. (doi:10.1039/C5TA03389F).

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This paper presents the novel use of spray coating to fabricate organic solar cells on fabrics for wearable energy harvesting applications. The surface roughness of standard woven 65/35 polyester cotton fabric used in this work is of the order of 150 µm and this is reduced to few microns by a screen printed interface layer. This pre-treated fabric substrate with reduced surface roughness was used as the target substrate for the spray coated fabric organic solar cells that contains multiple layers of electrodes and active materials. A fully spray coated photovoltaic (PV) devices fabricated on fabric substrates has been successfully demonstrated with comparable power conversion efficiency to the glass based counterparts. All PV devices are characterised under simulated AM 1.5 conditions. Device morphologies were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). This approach is potentially suitable for the low cost integration of PV devices into clothing and other decorative textiles.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 March 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 March 2016
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Local EPrints ID: 376677
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/376677
ISSN: 2050-7488
PURE UUID: bab9f5a7-8ac9-40f5-a970-6271e4b9b821
ORCID for Sasikumar Arumugam: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7783-1799
ORCID for Steve Beeby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0800-1759

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Date deposited: 14 Apr 2016 08:03
Last modified: 04 Oct 2017 04:03

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Author: Sasikumar Arumugam ORCID iD
Author: Yi Li
Author: Senthilarasu Sundaram
Author: Russel Torah
Author: Alexander Kanibolotsky
Author: Anto Inigo
Author: Peter Skabara
Author: Steve Beeby ORCID iD

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