Organic Solar Cells – Theory and Practice

Learn about a new generation of solar cells, organic solar cells, that promise an answer to the energy demands of the future.

About The Course

The goal of the course is to give students awareness of the largest alternative form of energy and how organic / polymer solar cells can harvest this energy. The course provides an insight into the theory behind organic solar cells and describes the three main research areas within the field i.e. materials, stability and processing.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

  • What resources will I need for this class?

    For this course, all you need is an Internet connection and the time to read, write, and discuss.

  • What are organic solar cells?

    Organic solar cells also known as organic photovoltaic devices (OPV) are a type of solar cell that uses organic electronics. Subcategories of organic solar cells include polymer solar cells and small molecule solar cells.

  • What is roll to roll fabrication?

    In the field of electronic devices, roll to roll processing, also known as web processing, reel-to-reel processing or R2R, is the process of creating devices on a roll of flexible plastic or metal foil. This includes any coating and printing processes that are roll to roll compatible.

Recommended Background

We would recommend a background in chemistry or physics. But due to the interdisciplinary aspects of the subject anyone with a keen interest in solar energy is welcome.