Organic Solar Cells Fabricated by UVM Students
July, 2011 - May, 2012
This project supported the development of a lab for two Spring 2012 courses in the Physics department: Physics 096, “Physics, Energy, and the Environment", a course recently developed and taught by Dr. Malcolm Sanders, and Physics 202, "Experimental Physics", taught by Dr. Randy Headrick. A work-study student working with Dr. Randy Headrick helped to prepare the equipment and materials for the labs, and to develop the procedures for depositing the thin films of semiconductors and the aluminum contact layers that comprise the organic solar cells.
Students in Phys. 202 spent four full weeks (24 hours of class and lab time) working on the project, and Phys 096 spent three two hour lab sessions constructing and testing their cells.. Students lab groups constructed ten organic solar cells, and saw marked improvement in efficiencies in the second round of solar cells they built.
The CEF funded necessary equipment and material purchases, and a student assistant to prepare the lab and assist with the project.
Clean Energy Fund Award: $15,050
Final Project Cost: $15,050
September 15, 2011: Progress report from Professor Headrick.
January 25, 2012: Progress report from Professor Headrick
April 10, 2012: Progress Report from Professor. Headrick
Watch this video of Prof. Headrick describing how they will use the bell jar to test coat a glass slide with aluminum, in preparation for the third and final solar cell layer:
Prof. Headrick and student Evan Laird work on the third and final layer for the solar cell.
Watch this video of PHYS 202 students describing the organic solar cell materials and fabrication process: