Surface-Plasmon Enhanced Transparent Electrodes in Organic Photovoltaics

Thomas Reilly III, Jao van de Lagemaat, Robert Tenent, Anthony Morfa, Kathy Rowlen

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Random silver nanohole films were created through colloidal lithography techniques and metal vapor deposition. The transparent electrodes were characterized by uv-visible spectroscopy and incorporated into an organic solar cell. The test cells were evaluated for solar power-conversion efficiency and incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency spectra displayed evidence that a nanohole film with 92 nm diameter holes induces surface-plasmon-enhanced photoconversion. The nanohole silver films demonstrate a promising route to removing the indium tin oxide transparent electrode that is ubiquitous in organic optoelectronics.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberArticle No. 243304
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 2008

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-270-43405


  • colloidal lithography
  • converters
  • electrodes
  • nanomaterials
  • photovoltaics
  • plasmons
  • polymers
  • solar cells
  • UV-visible spectroscopy
  • vapor deposition


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