Use of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) with Polymers in Solar Cells

Huda Alturaif, Zeid AlOththman, Joseph Shapter, Saikh Wabaidur

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    Abstract

    There is a clear need to make energy cheap, readily accessible and green, while ensuring its production does not contribute to further climate change. Of all the options available, photovoltaics offer the highest probability of delivering a meaningful and sustainable change in the way society produces its energy. One approach to the development of such photovoltaics involves the use of polymers. These systems offer the advantages of cheap production, flexibility (and hence a range of deployment opportunities) and tunability of light absorption. However, there are issues with polymer-based photovoltaic systems and one significant effort to improve these systems has involved the use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). This review will focus on those efforts. CNTs have been used in virtually every component of the devices to help charge conduction, improve electrode flexibility and in some cases as active light absorbing materials.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17329-17344
    Number of pages16
    JournalMolecules
    Volume19
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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