Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells - An Introduction

Our new text book "Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells: An Introduction" based on the lecture "The Physics of Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells" given here at the University of Konstanz is now available at De Gruyter.

 "Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells" is an introduction to the field of organic and hybrid photovoltaics. The authors take a focused approach to provide the reader with an overview of the most relevant scientific background as well as current research developments. Starting with a basic introduction to semiconductor physics, the book discusses inorganic and organic semiconductors and junctions, working mechanisms and architectures of organic, dye-sensitized, hybrid and perovskite solar cells, characterization techniques, and gives insights into fabrication, device lifetime and commercialization aspects of these exciting photovoltaic materials.

  • Based on a lecture by the authors for master students.
  • Detailed introduction to organic and hybrid solar cells – alternatives for low-cost, light-weight and flexible renewable energy.
  • Covering fully organic, dye-sensitized, hybrid and perovskite solar cells.
  • Explaining working mechanisms and characterization techniques.
  • Giving an excellent overview over these emerging technologies.

We are happy for comments and suggestions for improvements. Please also let us know if you spot errors, that we can list all known errors here and improve the book further.

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Known errors in the book and their corrections

Page No.Error descriptionCorrected Version
p. 45Fig. 2.27: The presented molecular orbitals are wrong. Fig. 2.27
p. 63Eqn. 2.75: Förster radius factor 1000 too large.$R_0^6=\frac{9 Q_0 \kappa^2 J \ln{10}}{128 \pi^5 n^4 N_A}$
p. 77Eqn. 2.98/2.99 (Bässler model)

$\mu(\hat{\sigma},\sigma_{\Gamma},E)
=\mu_0 \exp\left(- \left( \frac{2}{3}\hat{\sigma}   \right)^2    \right)
\exp \left(C(\hat{\sigma}^2 - \sigma_{\Gamma}^2)E^{\frac{1}{2}}    \right)$

for $\sigma_{\Gamma}\ge 1.5$

$\mu(\hat{\sigma},\sigma_{\Gamma},E)
=\mu_0 \exp\left(- \left( \frac{2}{3}\hat{\sigma}   \right)^2    \right)
\exp \left(C(\hat{\sigma}^2 - 2.25)E^{\frac{1}{2}}    \right)$

for $\sigma_{\Gamma}< 1.5$

p. 84Eqn. 2.110/111 (Poisson Eqn.)

In n-type region: $\frac{d^2 \Phi}{d x^2}=-\frac{q}{\epsilon} N_d$ for $x>0$

In p-type region: $\frac{d^2 \Phi}{d x^2}=\frac{q}{\epsilon} N_a$ for $x<0$

p. 113Fig. 3.14, Figure CaptionReplace $R_S$ with $R_{SH}$
p. 129Fig. 3.28(c) Time: 57.3 fs, (d) Time 98.7 fs
p. 142Fig. 3.40 (b), Color code of lines in graph are inverted compared to legend.Fig. 3.40
p. 198Eqn. 4.5 (reciprocity relation): Replace q with J.$J_0 EQE_{EL}(\lambda)= J EQE_{PV}(\lambda) I_{BB}(\lambda)$
p. 204Fig. 4.5: Sheet resistance measurementsCurrent is applied between the outer two pins, whereas the voltage is measured across the inner contacts. (Same is valid for text above Figure 4.5)
p. 218Eqn. 4.29 (and text), replace A with Abs.$IQE(\lambda)=\frac{EQE(\lambda)}{Abs(\lambda)}$
p. 223Eqn. 4.35, replace "q" with "-".$n_{int}=N_C \exp \left(  -\frac{E_{gap}}{2k_B T}  \right)$
p. 223Eqn 4.38, missing R.$\frac{1}{q}\frac{\partial}{\partial z} J(z)
=PG-(1-P)\cdot R$
p. 224Eqn 4.43/44/47 and textreplace log with ln.
p. 235Tab. 4.1 (Symbol for Capacitance incorrect)Tab. 4.1