It’s time to focus on organic solar cell stability

The power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells has rapidly increased, yet significantly less attention has been paid to materials stability and device longevity. For organic solar cells to make an impact in the marketplace, researchers, funding agencies and journals should do more to address this crucial gap.

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Q.B. thanks the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for supporting this work. M.B. wishes to thank Princeton’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship for funding. NSF CMMI-1824674 provided partial funding in support of this work.

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Y.-L.L. is a co-founder and board member of Andluca Technologies, a start-up developing wireless smart windows powered by transparent solar cells. Q.B. was a consultant at the same company from January 2019 to December 2019.

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Burlingame, Q., Ball, M. & Loo, YL. It’s time to focus on organic solar cell stability. Nat Energy 5, 947–949 (2020).

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