Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology




Plasmonic architectures for solar energy Harvesting (Plasmon-harvest)

ARISTEIA II Project No 3049
Coordination by LTFN
Project Coordinator: Prof. S. Logothetidis

Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs) have the potential to become a promising technology towards the harvesting of solar energy.One of the major advantages that this technology offers is the ability to fabricate devices out of solutions of the active materials employing cheap, scalable printing techniques with low environmental impact.
However, in order to realize mass products, the current improvement in efficiency and stability over lifetime must continue until the €/W allows for OPVs to become a low-cost alternative to conventional inorganic solar cells. Plasmon-Harvest Project will develop a universal methodology for the development of noble metalNP that will boost the efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPV)devices for better performances. These nanostructures will be developed with processes that are compatible with today's industry needs for scalable techniques.
Noble metals (Au & Ag),that support surface plasmon resonances, for the absorption enhancement in organic absorbers in OPV.

The main objectives of Plasmon-Harvest are the:

  1. Development and optimization of NP for solar energy (plasmonic NP)applications,
  2. Development of a universal methodology for plasmonic nanocomposite thin films and design architectures that will lead to novel OPV devices,
  3. Fabrication of OPV devices with enhanced efficiency and performance and
  4. Investigation of fundamental phenomena& mechanisms to tailor NP, nanocomposite and device response.
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