Volatile Organic Compounds are Ghosts for Organic Solar Cells

Authors Prakash R. Somani1,2, Savita P. Somani1,2, Masayoshi Umeno2

1 Applied Science Innovations Pvt. Ltd., Pune – 411041 Maharashtra, India

2 Chubu University, Kasugai-shi, Aichi-Ken, Japan

Е-mail psomani1@yahoo.com
Issue Volume 6, Year 2014, Number 4
Dates Received 15 August 2014; published online 29 November 2014
Citation Prakash R. Somani, Savita P. Somani, Masayoshi Umeno, J. Nano- Electron. Phys. 6 No 4, 04010 (2014)
PACS Number(s) 82.47.Jk, 42.79.Ek
Keywords Organic solar cell (3) , Lamination, Volatile organic compounds.
Annotation All our efforts to demonstrate a multifunctional device – photovoltaic gas sensor (i.e. solar cell which show photovoltaic action depending on the gas / volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the surrounding atmosphere) yielded negative results. Photovoltaic performance of the organic solar cells under study degraded – almost permanently by exposing them to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Although, the proposed multifunctional device could not be demonstrated; Present investigations yielded very important result that organic solar cells have problems not only with oxygen and humidity (known facts) but also with many VOCs and hazardous gases – making lamination / encapsulation step mandatory for their practical utilization.

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