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Organic solar cells

At the OPV research group at SDU NanoSYD, we are doing research and development within new types of organic and hybrid solar cells. The work encompass new ways to improve device efficiency, device stability and device up-scaling. This includes research and development activities on:

  • Stabilization of organic solar cells through additive mixing
  • Development of novel interface layers from metal-oxide thin-films
  • Plasmonics and up-conversion for improved light-absorption
  • Device integration and up-scaling through Roll-to-Roll (R2R) processing                                              

 Solar cells at the OPV group, SDU NanoSYD (top left) are fabricated and characterized using various different methods and techniques. The equipment portfolio encompasses amongst others a glovebox-connected cluster deposition system, including both organic and thermal evaporation plus reactive sputtering (top middle). The electrical characterization equipment includes besides standard J-V and Quantum Efficiency (QE) measurements also a dedicated lifetime measurement setup (top right).

 The facilities include also a complete R2R processing lab that uses both R2R sputter deposition, R2R slot-die coating and R2R lamination for developing large-scale, flexible solar cell devices. One main aim of the SDU NanoSYD OPV group is to bridge research in laboratory scale solar cell technology to development of up-scaled R2R modules, using technology transfer from a complete set of complementary and interconnected processing techniques  (lab2fab). The Lab2fab concept thus bridges development of high efficiency solar cells on lab scale, fabricated in controlled environments, to fabrication of printed, up-scaled modules developed on an industrial R2R scale, as illustrated below.

People in the OPV group

Morten Madsen, Associate Professor          
Vida Engmann, Assistant Professor
Jonas Sandby Lissau, Postdoc
Mehrad Ahmadpour, Postdoc
Bhushan Ramesh Patil, Postdoc
William Greenbank, Postdoc (SDU CIE)
Michela Prete, PhD student
Jani Lamminaho, R2R engineer
Mohammed Amir Yakoob, Research Assistant
Malika Khelfallah, Erasmus master student, Sorbonne uni Paris
Morgann Jacob, Visiting intern, Armor


Funded projects

10. Reactively sputtered metal oxides for high performance photovoltaics  (React-PV)
Independent Research Fund Denmark - Technology and Production Sciences (DFF FTP - Research Project 2)
Project duration: 1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2022

9. IMPULSE-OPV: Integrated Molecular Plasmon Upconverter for Low-cost, Scalable, and Efficient Organic Photovoltaics
Villum Foundation - Experiment (Postdoc Jonas Sandby Lissau)
Project duration: 1 May 2018 - 31 April 2020

8. 2Imprezs
Interreg NSR
Project duration: 1 September 2017 - 30 August 2021

7. Mechanical and photochemical stabilization of flexible organic solar cells (Compliant-PV)
Villum Foundation - Research Project
Project duration: 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2019

6. RollFlex – An innovation project center for Roll-to-Roll processed flexible devices
Interreg 5A
Project duration: 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2019

5. High-efficiency solar cells by spectral transformation using nano-optical enhancement (SunTune)
Project duration: 1 May 2015 - 30 April 2019

4. Stabilization of Organic Solar Cells by Ternary Blending Active Layers with Stabilizing Additives (Stabil-O)
The Danish Research Council for Technology and Production Sciences (DFF FTP, Postdoc Vida Engmann)
Project duration: 1 June 2015 - 31 May 2017

3. Thin-film Hybrid Interfaces: a training initiative for the design of next-generation energy devices (THINFACE)
EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN)
Project duration: 1 September 2013 – 31 August 2017

2. Production of next-generation energy devices
Project duration: 1 January 2014 – 30 June 2017

1. High efficiency solar cells for PV devices
Fabrikant Mads Clausen Foundation
Project duration: 1 September 2013 – 31 August 2014


1. Devices from Hybrid and Organic Materials, Editors V. Turkovic, M. Madsen and  H.-G. Rubahn, Editor-in-Chief Mato Knez, part of the 'World Scientific Reference of Hybrid Materials' book series, DOI:  10.1142/10993 (2019) Link

Journal Publications

39. Slot-die processing and encapsulation of non-fullerene based ITO-free organic solar cells and modules, E. Destouesse, M. Top, J. Lamminaho, H.-G. Rubahn, J. Fahlteich and M. Madsen, ACS Appl. Energy Mater, under review (2019)

38. Sputter deposited titanium oxide layers as efficient electron selective contacts in organic photovoltaic devices, M. Mirsafaei, P. B. Jensen, M. Ahmadpour, H. Lakhotiya, J. L. Hansen, B. Julsgaard, H.-G. Rubahn, R. Lazzari, N. Witkowski, P. Balling and M. Madsen, ACS Appl. Energy Mater, under review (2019)

37. Electrospun Zno nanofiber interlayers for enhanced performance of organic photovoltaic devices, F. Mohtaram, S. Borhani, M. Ahmadpour, P. Fojan, A. Behjat, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, Sol. Energy, under review (2019)

36. Inverted organic solar cells with non-clustering bathocuproine (BCP) cathode interlayers obtained by fullerene doping, F. Jafari, B. R. Patil, F. Mohtaram, A. L. F. Cauduro, H.-G. Rubahn, A. Behjat and M. Madsen, Sci. Rep, In Press (2019)

35. Degradation pathways in standard and inverted DBP-C70 based organic solar cells, G. Sherafatipour, J. Benduhn, B. R Patil, M. Ahmadpour, D. Spoltore, H.-G. Rubahn, K. Vandewal and M. Madsen, Sci. Rep., 9, 4024 (2019) Link

34. Inhibiting Photooxidative Degradation in Organic Solar Cells using Stabilizing Additives, V. Turkovic and M. Madsen, Book chapter in 'Devices from Hybrid and Organic Materials', Ed. V. Turkovic, M. Madsen and H.-G. Rubahn, World Scientific Reference of Hybrid Materials book series, DOI:  10.1142/10993 (2019) Link

33. Crystalline molybdenum oxide layers as efficient and stable hole contacts for organic photovoltaic devices, M. Ahmadpour, A. Cauduro, C. Methivier, B. Kunert, C. Labanti, R. Resel, V. Turkovic, H.-G. Rubahn, N. Witkowski, A. Schmid and M. Madsen, ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2, 420 (2019) Link

32. Photo-induced degradation mechanisms in 4P-NPD thin films, P. P. Cielecki, J. Adam, T. Leißner, B. R. Patil, M. Madsen, H.-G. Rubahn, J. Kjelstrup-Hansen and J. Fiutowski, Org. Electron. 63, 114 (2018) Link

31. Benzothiadiazole-triphenylamine as efficient exciton blocking layer in small molecule based organic solar cells, L. Calio, B. R. Patil, J. Bendum, K. Vandewal, H.-G. Rubahn, M. Madsen, S. Kazim and S. Ahmad, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2, 2296 (2018) Link

30. Area-dependent behavior of bathocuproine (BCP) as cathode interfacial layers in organic photovoltaic cells, B. R. Patil, M. Ahmadpour, G. Sherafatipour, T. Qamar, A. F. Fernández, K. Zojer, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, Sci. Rep., 8, 12608 (2018) Link

29. Stability of Organic Solar Cells with PCDTBT donor polymer: an interlaboratory study, L. Ciammaruchi, R. Oliveira, A. Charas, Tulus, E. von Hauff, G. Polino, F. Brunetti, R. Hansson, E. Moons, M. Krassas, E. Kymakis, J. G. Sánchez, J. Ferre-Borrull, S. Züfle, R. Roesch, T. Faber, H. Hoppe, S. Veenstra, G. Zanotti, E. Katz, A. Pälvi, B. Romero, E. Parlak, L. M. Stagno, V. Turkovic, H.-G. Rubahn, M. Madsen, V. Kažukauskas, M. Lira-Cantu, S. Shanmugam and Y. Galagan,  J. Mater. Res., 33, 1909 (2018) Link

28. Modeling Multi-junction Solar Cells by Non-Local Tunneling and Sub-Cell Analysis, Y. Liu, M. Ahmadpour, J. Adam, J. Kjelstrup-Hansen, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, “Modeling Multi-junction Solar Cells by Non-Local Tunneling and Sub-Cell Analysis”, IEEE J. Photovolt. 8, 1363 (2018) Link

27. Numerical Analysis on Effects of Experimental Ga Grading on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cell Performance, Y. Liu, B. Li, S. Lin, W. Liu, J. Adam, M. Madsen, H.-G. Rubahn and Y. Sun, J. Phys. Chem. Solids., 120, 190 (2018) Link

26. Improving the efficiency of solar cells by upconverting sunlight using field enhancement from optimized nano structures, P. Balling, J. Christiansen, R. E. Christiansen, E. Eriksen, H, Lakhotiya, M. Mirsafaei, S. H. Møller, A. Nazir, J. Vester-Petersen, B. R. Jeppesen, P. B. Jensen, J. L. Hansen, S. K. Ram, O. Sigmund, M. Madsen, S. P. Madsen, B. Julsgaard, Optical Materials, 83, 279 (2018) Link

25. Reconsidering Figures of Merit for the Performance and Stability of Perovskite Photovoltaics, M. V. Khenkin, K. M. Anoop, I. Visoly-Fisher, Y. Galagan, F. Di Giacomo, B. R. Patil, G. Sherafatipour, V. Turkovic, H.-G. Rubahn, M. Madsen, T. Merckx, G. Uytterhoeven, J. P. A. Bastos, T. Aernouts, F. Brunetti, M. Lira-Cantu and Eugene A. Katz, Energy Environ. Sci., 11, 739 (2018) Link

24. All soft lithographic approach to fabricate InAs nanowire field-effect transistors, S. H. Lee, S.-H. Shin, M. Madsen, K. Takei, J. Nah and M. H. Lee, Sci. Rep., 8, 3204 (2018) Link

23. Dynamics of photoinduced degradation of perovskite photovoltaics: from reversible to irreversible processes, M. V. Khenkin, K.M. Anoop, I. Visoly-Fisher, S. Kolusheva, Y. Galagan, F. Di Giacomo, O. Vukovic, B. R. Patil, G. Sherafatipour, V. Turkovic, H.-G. Rubahn, M. Madsen, A. V. Mazanik, and E. A. Katz, ACS Appl. Energy Mater., 1, 2, 799 (2018) Link

22. Cu(II) and Zn(II) based Phthalocyanine as Hole selective layers for Perovskite Solar Cells, L. Calio, J. Follana-Berná, S. Kazim, M. Madsen, H.-G. Rubahn, Á. Sastre-Santos and S. Ahmad, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017, 1, 2071 (2017) - Link

21. Work Function Mapping of MoOx Thin-Films for Application in Electronic Devices, A. L. F. Cauduro, R. dos Reis, G. Chen, A. K. Schmid, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen,  Ultramicroscopy, 183, 99 (2017) - Link

20. ITO with embedded silver grids as transparent conductive electrodes for large area organic solar cells, B. R. Patil, M. Mirsafaei, P. P. Cielecki, A. L. F. Cauduro, J. Fiutowski, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, Nanotechnology, 28, 405303 ( 2017)- Link

19. 4P-NPD ultra thin-films as efficient exciton blocking layers in inverted DBP/C70 based organic solar cells, B. R. Patil, Y. Liu, T. Qamar, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 50, 385101 (2017) - Link

18. Current Matching in Multifold DBP/C70 Organic Solar Cells with Open Circuit Voltages of up to 6.44 V, M. Ahmadpour, Y. Liu, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, IEEE J. Photovolt., 7, 1319 (2017) - Link

17. Electrical properties of organic solar cells with nano-structured bottom electrodes, M. Mirsafaei, A. H. Fallahpour, P. Lugli, H.-G. Rubahn, J. Adam and M. Madsen, Sci. Rep., 7, 5300 (2017) - Link

16. Crystalline Molybdenum Oxide Thin-Films for Application as Interfacial Layers in Optoelectronic Devices, A. L. F. Cauduro, R. dos Reis, G. Chen, A. K. Schmid, C. Méthivier, H.-G. Rubahn, L. Bossard-Giannesini, H. Cruguel, N. Witkowski and M. Madsen, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 9, 7717 (2017) - Link

15. Enhanced absorption in organic thin-films from imprinted concave nanostructures, A. J. Goszczak, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, Mater. Sci,  23, 6 (2017) - Link

14. Periodically arranged colloidal gold nanoparticles for enhanced light harvesting in organic solar cells, M. Mirsafaei, A. L. F. Cauduro, C. Kunstmann-Olsen, A. M. Davidson, S. Hassing, M. A. B. Hedegaard, H.-G. Rubahn, J. Adam and M. Madsen, SPIE Proc. 9898, 989810 (2016) - Link

13. Long-Term Stabilization of Organic Solar Cells using UV Absorbers, V. Turkovic, S. Engmann, N. Tsierkezos, H.
Hoppe, M. Madsen, H.-G. Rubahn, U. Ritter and G. Gobsch, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys, 49, 125604 (2016) - Link

12. Long-Term Stabilization of Organic Solar Cells using Hydoperoxide Decomposers as Additives, V. Turkovic, S. Engmann, N. Tsierkezos, H.
Hoppe, M. Madsen, H.-G. Rubahn, U. Ritter and G. Gobsch, Appl. Phys. A, 122, 255 (2016) - Link

11. Nanoscale Aluminum concaves for light-trapping in organic thin-films, A. J. Goszczak, J. Adam, P. P. Cielecki, J. Fiutowski, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, Opt. Commun., 370, 135 (2016) - Link

10. The Role of Charge Transfer State on the Reduced Langevin Recombination in Organic Solar Cells: A Theoretical Study,
Y. Liu, K. Zojer, B. Lassen, J. Kjelstrup-Hansen, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen, J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, (2015) 26588 - Link

9. Tuning the optoelectronic properties of amorphous MoOx films by reactive sputtering, A. L. F. Cauduro, Z. E. Fabrim, M. Ahmadpour, P. F. Fichtner, S. Hassing, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen. Appl. Phys. Lett, 106 (2015) 202101  - Link

8. Nanoscale concave structures for field enhancement in organic thin films, A. J. Goszczak, J. Adam, P. P. Cielecki, J. Fiutowski, H.-G. Rubahn and M. Madsen. SPIE Proc, 9547 (2015) 954731 - Link

7. Organiske solceller: En lys fremtid med solenergi, V. Engmann and M. Madsen. Dansk Kemi, 96 (2015) 24-26- Link

6. Crystallites of α-Sexithiophene in Bilayer Small Molecule Organic Solar Cells Double Efficiency, M. Radziwon, A. L. F. Cauduro, M. Madsen and H.-G. Rubahn. Journal of Nanomaterials, 482372 (2014) - Link

5. Growth of alpha-sexithiophene nanostructures on C60 thin film layers, M. Radziwon, M. Madsen, F. Balzer, R. Resel and H.-G. Rubahn. Thin Solid Films, 558 (2014) 165 - Link

4. Flexible PCPDTBT:PCBM solar cells with integrated grating structures, R.M. de Oliveira Hansen, Y. Liu, M. Madsen, and H.-G. Rubahn. Proc. SPIE, 8830 (2013) 883021 - Link

3. Flexible organic solar cells including efficiency enhancing grating structures
. R.M. de Oliveira Hansen, Y. Liu, M. Madsen, and H.-G. Rubahn.  Nanotechnology, 24 (2013) 145301 - Link

2. Organisk Energiteknologi på vej frem, M. Madsen and J. Kjelstrup-Hansen. Aktuel Naturvidenskab, 5 (2013) 14-16 - Link

1. Efficiency enhancement of ITO-free organic polymeric solar cells by light trapping. R. M. de Oliveira Hansen, M. Schiek, Y. Liu, M. Madsen, and H.-G. Rubahn. Proc. SPIE, 8438 (2012) 843813 - Lin