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Home  >  Journal list  >  Polymer Journal  >  Vol.49  No.1 (2017)  >  pp.85-111

Polymer Journal
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Liquid crystals in photovoltaics: a new generation of organic photovoltaics

Manish Kumar1 and Sandeep Kumar1
1Soft Condensed Matter Group, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, India

This article presents an overview of the developments in the field of organic photovoltaics (PVs) with liquid crystals (LCs). A brief introduction to the PV and LC fields is given first, followed by application of various LCs in organic PVs. Details of LCs used in bilayer solar cells, bulk heterojunction solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells have been given. All the liquid crystalline materials used in PVs are structured and the efficiency of solar cells is tabulated. Finally, an outlook into the future of this newly emerging, fascinating and exciting field of self-organizing supramolecular LC PV research is provided.


Received: July 06, 2016 , Revised: September 27, 2016
Accepted: September 28, 2016 , Published online: November 09, 2016
© 2017 The Society of Polymer Science, Japan

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