Metallic Nanoantennae and their Use in Organic-Polymer Photovoltaics

Eric Peterson, Patrick N. Sisco, Catherine J. Murphy, Richard D. Adams, David Carroll

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The potential of gold nanorods to act as "antennae" in organic photovoltaic devices and improve performance by enhancing the optical field within the device has been examined. Gold nanorods were blended into the buffer layer of standard poly (3-hexothiopene) (P3HT): 6, 6-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) photovoltaic cells. Increases in both the broad spectrum absorption and device fill factors (as compared to solar cells without nanorods) were observed. A comparison of the internal resistance and absorption allows estimation of what part in the change in performance can be attributed to greater absorption and increases in buffer layer conductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cluster Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Gold nanorods
  • Light absorption
  • Optical antenna
  • Organic photovoltaics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Biochemistry


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