Recovery Act - ZnO/ZnS/P3HT Core-Shell Heterostrucure Organic Hybrid Solar Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: 02-10ER85710
Agency Tracking Number: 92396
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 08 d
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-09ER09-27
Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
201 Circle Drive North, Unit # 102, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Tompa
 Dr.
 (732) 302-9274
 GSTompa@structuredmaterials.co
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Title: Dr.
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: GSTompa@structuredmaterials.co
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
State-of-the-Art Organic solar cells such as Polymer-fullerene using P3HT-PCBM have a 1 sun AM 1.5 power conversion efficiency of ~ 4.4%. We herein propose to develop substrate agnostic hybrid photovoltaic structures combining a ZnO contact layer, lattice strain accommodating ZnO nanorod cores with ZnS quantum well bandgap tuning photon absorbing shells and a P3HT voltage enhancement layer. The proposed solar cell has a theoretical Shockley-Quiesser efficiency limit of 23%. In Phase I we will demonstrate proof of concept cells with >5% efficiency and >1Voc as well as develop the production process active layer deposition tooling. In Phase II we will scale the produced cells and refine the process to establish a) cells operating at >10% and b) a pilot production capability of well characterized solar cells. Phase III will be production scale-up

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