180. STRETCHABLE AND ULTRA-FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS: WEARABLE SOLAR CELLS

Department: NanoEngineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Darren J. Lipomi

Primary Student
Name: Timothy Francis Oconnor
Email: tfoconno@ucsd.edu
Phone: 440-829-4354
Grad Year: 2017

Abstract
The surest strategy to promote organic solar cells (OSCs) from laboratory-scale demonstrations to use in the real world is to exploit the advantages possessed by organics that would be difficult or impossible to replicate in more-efficient competing technologies. Such advantages include low cost and embodied energy, extreme thinness, tunable color, biodegradability, semitransparency, extreme flexibility, and stretchability. These characteristics suggest that portable power for displays, mobile health monitoring devices, and mitigation of climate change triggered by burning of biomass in the developing world are?far from applications dismissible as ?niche??important problems for which organic solar cells may provide the ideal solutions. In an effort to understand and anticipate routes of mechanical and photochemical degradation for all-organic solar cells under realistic operating conditions, we fabricated the first organic solar cells that can be mounted on and conformed to hemispherical surfaces and the human skin, and used them to power wearable devices in the outdoor environment.

Industry Application Area(s)
Energy/Clean technology | Materials | Semiconductor

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