Plastic photovoltaics and the Material World

Posted on Monday, August 9th, 2010 in News| Share this article
Prof David Lidzey of Sheffield’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is to participate in BBC Radio 4’s Material World on Thursday August 12 at 4:30pm. He will talk about the work of the Electronic and Photonic Molecular Materials (EPMM) research group in the area of polymer-based photovoltaic devices.

Material World is Radio 4’s weekly dissection of the latest science news, during which host Quentin Cooper quizzes leading scientists about the motivation behind their research and its wider implications for human understanding and economic and social benefit.

The EPMM group plays a lead role in the EPSRC-funded UK Optimisation of Photovoltaic Devices programme, UKOPV, of which David is Principal Investigator. The collaboration brings together experts in relevant fields from the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and Cardiff, as well as the Diamond Synchrotron Light Source.

The work of UKOPV focuses on the model organic photovoltaic (OPV) polymer blend systems between conjugated polymers and PCBM, with a view to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the intrinsic physical and chemical mechanisms that determine the ultimate device performance. With this knowledge, the hope is to overcome current performance limitations to help create the next generation of OPV devices.

For more information, please visit the links below to EPMM, UKOPV and Material World on the BBC website.

EPMM

UKOPV

Material World (“Listen again”)