Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci: University of Linz

Jul 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Physical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler

University of Linz

Organic Nanostructures for Solar Energy Conversion: From Photovoltaic Electricity to Synthetic Fuels using CO2 Recycling

July 21, 2010 | 4:00pm | Elings Hall 1605



Organic photovoltaic diodes (OPVs) and organic solar cells are reviewed. The different energy and electron transfer mechanisms of energy harvesting as well as energy conversion are discussed. Pure organic photovoltaic devices and organic/inorganic hybrid devices are comparatively explained. This talk gives an overview of materials’ aspect, charge-carrier-transport, and device physics of such organic diodes.

Furthermore, the use of solar photoenergy to reduce CO2 into hydrocarbon based synthetic fuels is introduced. Such artificial photosynthesis type fuel production can simultaneously solve the energy storage and energy transport problems of photovoltaic electricity.

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