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Solution processed organic solar cells on textiles

Solution processed organic solar cells on textiles
Solution processed organic solar cells on textiles

E-textiles are a promising platform for wearable technologies; but it faces the ubiquitous challenge of supplying power. One approach is to harvest ambient solar energy. Here, we present a fully solution processed organic solar cell (OSC) fabricated directly on to the surface of a standard polyester cotton fabric. A flexible screen printed interface layer is used to selectively smooth the fabric surface on to which all subsequent layers were deposited. The active layers making up the OSC were deposited entirely by solution processing using either spray coating or doctor blading in a nitrogen environment. Process temperatures are limited to 150 °C to protect the fabric. Spray coating is found to be a repeatable and reliable way to deposit thin functional films onto the fabric and we have obtained a maximum efficiency of 1.23% demonstrating the feasibility of this approach for fabricating OSCs on any standard textile.

Electrodes, Fabrics, Flexible fabric solar cells, organic solar cell (OSC), Photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic textile, Rough surfaces, solution processed solar cell, spray-coated solar cell, Surface roughness, Surface treatment
2156-3381
1710-1715
Arumugam, Sasikumar
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Li, Yi
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Glanc-Gostkiewicz, Monika
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Torah, Russel N.
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Beeby, Stephen P.
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Arumugam, Sasikumar
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Li, Yi
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Glanc-Gostkiewicz, Monika
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Torah, Russel N.
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Beeby, Stephen P.
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Arumugam, Sasikumar, Li, Yi, Glanc-Gostkiewicz, Monika, Torah, Russel N. and Beeby, Stephen P. (2018) Solution processed organic solar cells on textiles. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 8 (6), 1710-1715. (doi:10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2871334).

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Abstract

E-textiles are a promising platform for wearable technologies; but it faces the ubiquitous challenge of supplying power. One approach is to harvest ambient solar energy. Here, we present a fully solution processed organic solar cell (OSC) fabricated directly on to the surface of a standard polyester cotton fabric. A flexible screen printed interface layer is used to selectively smooth the fabric surface on to which all subsequent layers were deposited. The active layers making up the OSC were deposited entirely by solution processing using either spray coating or doctor blading in a nitrogen environment. Process temperatures are limited to 150 °C to protect the fabric. Spray coating is found to be a repeatable and reliable way to deposit thin functional films onto the fabric and we have obtained a maximum efficiency of 1.23% demonstrating the feasibility of this approach for fabricating OSCs on any standard textile.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 September 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 October 2018
Published date: November 2018
Keywords: Electrodes, Fabrics, Flexible fabric solar cells, organic solar cell (OSC), Photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic textile, Rough surfaces, solution processed solar cell, spray-coated solar cell, Surface roughness, Surface treatment

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Local EPrints ID: 425869
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/425869
ISSN: 2156-3381
PURE UUID: 1ccb13e3-5cfb-4b5f-9c05-021829237186
ORCID for Sasikumar Arumugam: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7783-1799
ORCID for Russel N. Torah: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5598-2860
ORCID for Stephen P. Beeby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0800-1759

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Date deposited: 05 Nov 2018 17:30
Last modified: 06 Nov 2018 01:36

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Author: Sasikumar Arumugam ORCID iD
Author: Yi Li
Author: Monika Glanc-Gostkiewicz
Author: Russel N. Torah ORCID iD
Author: Stephen P. Beeby ORCID iD

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