Organic and Bio-inspired Solar Cells – from single molecules to the complete device
Chemical and engineering tools for integrating bio and molecular layers into photovoltaic cells.
Research in our lab is focused on constructing a bio-inspired solar cell based on incorporating photo-active bio-molecules and specially designed polymers into a solid-state device. To this end we use doped macro-molecules or modified Photo System 1 proteins (synthesised by Carmeli), and water-soluble conducting polymers (Herrmann) to construct the bio-inspired photovoltaic cell. In this systems-approach we develop chemical and engineering tools that allow for the integration of the soft bio and molecular layers into the solid-state photovoltaic device. These tools include the p- and n- type doping of macro-molecules, the use of surface chemistry to form self-assembled monolayers of the molecules, enhancement of the photovoltaic signal by plasmonic interactions, and the development of polymer and inorganic
collaboration with Andreas Herrmann