VSA Strategic Project Fund awards $5M for Large Area Printed Electronic Materials: Solar Cells for Life

A new generation of cheaper, lighter, printed solar cells could soon be a reality thanks to a $5 million grant from the Victoria’s Science Agenda Strategic Project Fund awarded to Professor Andrew Holmes, Dr David Jones and Professor Ken Ghiggino.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne, CSIRO and Monash University, have teamed up with industry partners including BlueScope Steel, Securency International, Innovia Films and Robert Bosch South East Asia to form the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC). The $5 million grant is matched by a cash investment of $5 million from the consortium partners for a total project value of $10 million.

Nature Chemistry Paper of Tae-Hyuk!

Dr Tae-Hyuk Kwon has developed a high performance organic dye-sensitized solar cell dye (Carbz-PAHTDTT), which when coupled with an eco-friendly ferrocene electrolyte achieved over 7.5% photo conversion efficiency (PCE). This wonderful result, carried out in collaboration with Monash University, Prof Leone and Dr Udo, has been published in Nature Chemistry (Nat. Chem. 2011. 03, 211). In addition, while the ferrocene electrolyte gave a PCE of over 7.5% the traditional iodine electrolyte gave only 6.1% PCE. This is the first time that an alternative electrolyte system has been reported to give a better performance than the standard iodine electrolyte. In addition, Prof. Michael Elliott from Colorado State Univ, USA has valued it as a new breakthrough in dye-sensitized solar cell area (Nat. Chem. 2011, 03, 188).

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