Self-Assembled Plasmonic Oligomers for Organic Photovoltaics

Francesco Pastorelli, Sebastien Bidault, Jordi Martorell, Nicolas Bonod

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Introducing plasmonic resonant scatterers in photovoltaic devices is a promising way to increase energy conversion effi ciencies by trapping incoming light in ultra-thin solar cells. Colloidal plasmonic oligomers are obtained following a cost-effective self-assembly strategy and incorporated in organic-based cells produced using spin-coating techniques in ambient air conditions. An interesting increase is observed of both external quantum effi ciency (EQE) and short-circuit current for solar cells loaded with plasmonic oligomers compared with reference organic cells with and without isolated gold nanoparticles. Theoretical calculations demonstrate that the wavelength-dependent EQE enhancement is a resonant process due to the increased scattering effi ciency in plasmonic antennas allowed by a chemically controlled 1 nm nanogap. This method opens the way towards roll-to-roll fabrication of effi cient plasmonic ultra-thin photovoltaic devices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Pages (from-to)171-175
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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