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Solution-processed bilayer photovoltaic devices with nematic liquid crystals

AlKhalifah, Manea S.; Lei, Chunhong; Myers, Steven A.; O’Neill, Mary; Kitney, Stuart P.; Kelly, Stephen M.


Manea S. AlKhalifah

Chunhong Lei

Steven A. Myers

Mary O’Neill

Stuart P. Kitney

Stephen M. Kelly


The cross-linking of polymerisable liquid crystalline semiconductors is a promising approach to solution-processable, multilayer, organic photovoltaics. Here we demonstrate an organic bilayer photovoltaic with an insoluble electron-donating layer formed by cross-linking a nematic reactive mesogen. We investigate a range of perylene diimide (PDI) materials, some of which are liquid crystalline, as the overlying electron acceptor layer. We find that carrier mobility of the acceptor materials is enhanced by liquid crystallinity and that mobility limits the performance of photovoltaic devices. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.


AlKhalifah, M. S., Lei, C., Myers, S. A., O’Neill, M., Kitney, S. P., & Kelly, S. M. (2014). Solution-processed bilayer photovoltaic devices with nematic liquid crystals. Liquid crystals, 41(3), 402-417.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 8, 2013
Online Publication Date Sep 18, 2013
Publication Date Mar 4, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2016
Journal Liquid crystals
Print ISSN 0267-8292
Electronic ISSN 1366-5855
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 3
Pages 402-417
Keywords Liquid crystals, Photovoltaics, Bilayer, Crosslinking, Reactive mesogen, Perylene, Bulk heterojunction
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