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Efficient solar cells using all-organic nanocrystalline networks

United States Patent Application

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An optoelectronic device and a method of fabricating a photosensitive optoelectronic device includes depositing a first organic semiconductor material on a first electrode to form a continuous first layer; depositing a layer of a second organic semiconductor material on the first layer to form a discontinuous second layer, portions of the first layer remaining exposed; and depositing the first organic semiconductor material on the second layer to form a discontinuous third layer, portions of at least the second layer remaining exposed. The depositing of the first and second organic semiconductor materials are alternated a number of times until a final layer of the second organic material is added to form a continuous layer. A second electrode is deposited over this final layer. One of the first electrode and the second electrode is transparent, and the first organic semiconductor material is one or more donor-type materials or one or more acceptor-type materials relative to second organic semiconductor material, which is one or more materials of the other material type.
Sun, Kai (Ann Arbor, MI), Yang, Fan (Piscataway, NJ), Forrest, Stephen R. (Ann Arbor, MI)
11/ 880,210
July 19, 2007
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract No. 339-4012 awarded by U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The government has certain rights in this invention.