Structure-Property Relationships: Enabling a faster Commercialisation of Organic Solar Cells

Lead Research Organisation: Diamond Light Source
Department Name: Science Division

Abstract

See Je-S application of Oxford University (lead applicant, joint reference P1936803)

Planned Impact

See Je-S application of Oxford University (lead applicant, joint reference P1936803)
 
Description The dynamics of growth of C60 layers has been identified and the structural arrangement when deposited on silicon. Also we have been able to monitor the crystallisation dynamics in real time during exposure to high gas pressures. The instrumentation has been brought online and is available to other users; it enables in-situ monitoring during deposition of molecules of relevance to photovoltaic device structures. We have studies a number of systems resulting in several publications and will lead to further reports.
The MINERVA system has been upgraded to allow depostion of 3 meterials simultaneuosly and further publications are coming out including on the structure of alpha-6T grown onto glass.
Exploitation Route The instrument is available to other users and the understanding that pristine samples (in vacuum) have a different structure to those exposed to atmospheric pressure of gas is an important outcome. It will form part of the experimental programme recently funded by the GCRF award to work with scientists in Africa.
Sectors Chemicals,Electronics,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description Development has focused on new equipment and beamtime applications. March 2017 - in the last year the chamber has been used on beamtime achieving some impressive results on C60 layers grown on silicon and BPHEN grown on glass. We were able to identify the dynamics of growth and also the crystallisation dynamics during gas exposure for these molecules. The findings will be published and the instrumentation is also being written up for publication. Other users have shown interest in using this chamber for their own studies of molecular layers. March 18 - this programme and the collaborations that developed within it have led to a GCRF proposal one aspect of which is to work with scientists in Africa to work on energy materials including growth in the equipment developed in this grant. It is a large grant that will employ many PDRA's in both the UK and Africa to work on these important materials. The findings that we have published will lead into this new direction. Further publications have come out and the chamber is being used by other UK academics, to study organic interfaces. This will likely lead to new collaborations to exploit the instrument.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Chemicals,Education,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description GCRF START: Synchrotron Techniques for African Reserach and Technology
Amount £3,672,526 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/R002754/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Title MINERVA chamber 
Description A new vacuum chamber has been built that directly enables in-situ monitoring of the structural changes during growth of molecular materials studied by grazing incidence x-ray scattering techniques. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Papers are in preparation to identify the dynamics of growth and the effect is in-situ crystallisation. 
 
Description CLASP - Diamond, Oxford, ISIS 
Organisation Eight19
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Beamline I07 at Diamond will develop the techniques required to understand the microstructure of organic photovoltaic interfaces using X-ray scattering. We will apply for beamtime and be fully involved in the data taking and data analysis. Methods will include determination of crystallinity and domain size; as well as developing methods for in-situ characterisation of the structures during vacuum deposition.
Collaborator Contribution Diamond, ISIS and Oxford provide the academic drive for the project on organic photovoltaics. The other companies will develop chemicals, processes and equipment to help enable the project. The grant has only just started so developments are at an early stage.
Impact Formal collaboration agreement. Design of in-situ chamber underway.
Start Year 2014
 
Description CLASP - Diamond, Oxford, ISIS 
Organisation Kurt J Lesker Company
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Beamline I07 at Diamond will develop the techniques required to understand the microstructure of organic photovoltaic interfaces using X-ray scattering. We will apply for beamtime and be fully involved in the data taking and data analysis. Methods will include determination of crystallinity and domain size; as well as developing methods for in-situ characterisation of the structures during vacuum deposition.
Collaborator Contribution Diamond, ISIS and Oxford provide the academic drive for the project on organic photovoltaics. The other companies will develop chemicals, processes and equipment to help enable the project. The grant has only just started so developments are at an early stage.
Impact Formal collaboration agreement. Design of in-situ chamber underway.
Start Year 2014
 
Description CLASP - Diamond, Oxford, ISIS 
Organisation Merck
Department Merck UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Beamline I07 at Diamond will develop the techniques required to understand the microstructure of organic photovoltaic interfaces using X-ray scattering. We will apply for beamtime and be fully involved in the data taking and data analysis. Methods will include determination of crystallinity and domain size; as well as developing methods for in-situ characterisation of the structures during vacuum deposition.
Collaborator Contribution Diamond, ISIS and Oxford provide the academic drive for the project on organic photovoltaics. The other companies will develop chemicals, processes and equipment to help enable the project. The grant has only just started so developments are at an early stage.
Impact Formal collaboration agreement. Design of in-situ chamber underway.
Start Year 2014
 
Description CLASP - Diamond, Oxford, ISIS 
Organisation Oxford Photovoltaics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Beamline I07 at Diamond will develop the techniques required to understand the microstructure of organic photovoltaic interfaces using X-ray scattering. We will apply for beamtime and be fully involved in the data taking and data analysis. Methods will include determination of crystallinity and domain size; as well as developing methods for in-situ characterisation of the structures during vacuum deposition.
Collaborator Contribution Diamond, ISIS and Oxford provide the academic drive for the project on organic photovoltaics. The other companies will develop chemicals, processes and equipment to help enable the project. The grant has only just started so developments are at an early stage.
Impact Formal collaboration agreement. Design of in-situ chamber underway.
Start Year 2014
 
Description CLASP - Diamond, Oxford, ISIS 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Department ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Beamline I07 at Diamond will develop the techniques required to understand the microstructure of organic photovoltaic interfaces using X-ray scattering. We will apply for beamtime and be fully involved in the data taking and data analysis. Methods will include determination of crystallinity and domain size; as well as developing methods for in-situ characterisation of the structures during vacuum deposition.
Collaborator Contribution Diamond, ISIS and Oxford provide the academic drive for the project on organic photovoltaics. The other companies will develop chemicals, processes and equipment to help enable the project. The grant has only just started so developments are at an early stage.
Impact Formal collaboration agreement. Design of in-situ chamber underway.
Start Year 2014
 
Description CLASP - Diamond, Oxford, ISIS 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Beamline I07 at Diamond will develop the techniques required to understand the microstructure of organic photovoltaic interfaces using X-ray scattering. We will apply for beamtime and be fully involved in the data taking and data analysis. Methods will include determination of crystallinity and domain size; as well as developing methods for in-situ characterisation of the structures during vacuum deposition.
Collaborator Contribution Diamond, ISIS and Oxford provide the academic drive for the project on organic photovoltaics. The other companies will develop chemicals, processes and equipment to help enable the project. The grant has only just started so developments are at an early stage.
Impact Formal collaboration agreement. Design of in-situ chamber underway.
Start Year 2014
 
Description CLASP Industrial Partners 
Organisation Eight19
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Kick-off and various other meetings, specifications and preparation of samples, planning of experiments, exchange of expertise, ongoing discussions
Collaborator Contribution Industrial expertise and definition of industrial needs, specifications and supply of samples, ongoing discussions
Impact multidisciplinary collaboration, exchange of samples specifications
Start Year 2013
 
Description CLASP Industrial Partners 
Organisation Kurt J Lesker Company
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Kick-off and various other meetings, specifications and preparation of samples, planning of experiments, exchange of expertise, ongoing discussions
Collaborator Contribution Industrial expertise and definition of industrial needs, specifications and supply of samples, ongoing discussions
Impact multidisciplinary collaboration, exchange of samples specifications
Start Year 2013
 
Description CLASP Industrial Partners 
Organisation Merck
Department Merck UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Kick-off and various other meetings, specifications and preparation of samples, planning of experiments, exchange of expertise, ongoing discussions
Collaborator Contribution Industrial expertise and definition of industrial needs, specifications and supply of samples, ongoing discussions
Impact multidisciplinary collaboration, exchange of samples specifications
Start Year 2013
 
Description CLASP Industrial Partners 
Organisation Oxford Photovoltaics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Kick-off and various other meetings, specifications and preparation of samples, planning of experiments, exchange of expertise, ongoing discussions
Collaborator Contribution Industrial expertise and definition of industrial needs, specifications and supply of samples, ongoing discussions
Impact multidisciplinary collaboration, exchange of samples specifications
Start Year 2013
 
Description GCRF START project 
Organisation Ain Shams University
Country Egypt 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution These collaborations were put together for a GCRF funded grant that grew out of this project. Access to synchrotrn techniques for inexpoerienced research groups.
Collaborator Contribution Research collaborations on new photovoltaic materials.
Impact STFC Funded Grant ST/R002754/01 and all outputs from that grant.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GCRF START project 
Organisation National University of Lesotho
Country Lesotho 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution These collaborations were put together for a GCRF funded grant that grew out of this project. Access to synchrotrn techniques for inexpoerienced research groups.
Collaborator Contribution Research collaborations on new photovoltaic materials.
Impact STFC Funded Grant ST/R002754/01 and all outputs from that grant.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GCRF START project 
Organisation University of Cape Town
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution These collaborations were put together for a GCRF funded grant that grew out of this project. Access to synchrotrn techniques for inexpoerienced research groups.
Collaborator Contribution Research collaborations on new photovoltaic materials.
Impact STFC Funded Grant ST/R002754/01 and all outputs from that grant.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GCRF START project 
Organisation University of the Witwatersrand
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution These collaborations were put together for a GCRF funded grant that grew out of this project. Access to synchrotrn techniques for inexpoerienced research groups.
Collaborator Contribution Research collaborations on new photovoltaic materials.
Impact STFC Funded Grant ST/R002754/01 and all outputs from that grant.
Start Year 2018