SBIR Phase I: Macrocycle-Enhanced Nanotechnology Organic Photovoltaic Solutions

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945604
Agency Tracking Number: 0945604
Amount: $149,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: NM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
2180 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
DUNS: 126673800
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shawn Williams
 (412) 423-2030
Business Contact
 Shawn Williams
Title: PhD
Phone: (412) 423-2030
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop cost-effective organic absorber-based photovoltaics devices by incorporating a unique solar absorber into the p-type semiconductor, which will increase absorption over a broader range of the solar spectrum, leading to the increase in the device current, and thus the energy conversion efficiency. The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to improve the energy conversion efficiency and reduce the cost of Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) devices. Compared to traditional photovoltaics technologies, OPV technology provides the opportunity to generate solar electricity using abundant raw materials and be environmentally friendly. The major challenge that hinders the application of OPV devices is its low conversion efficiency. This project is anticipated to achieve 10-15% improvement of OPV energy conversion efficiency as compared to current technology.

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