This summer, I worked as a visiting researcher at Penn State through their Materials Science & Engineering REU, sponsored by The National Science Foundation. Under Dr. Enrique Gomez, a UF Chemical Engineering B.S. alumnus, I researched a solution to the problems posed by the commonly used, yet highly acidic, highly hydrophilic, and very opaque modifying layer of PEDOT:PSS polymer in organic photovoltaics, commonly referred to as “solar cells.”
The alternative we sought to implement was sulfonated polyphenylsulfone, a low concentration, nearly transparent layer which addresses most problems posed by PEDOT:PSS and should further the short term and lifelong efficiency of our solar cells. I am delighted to say that the results of my project, Site-Specific Doping in Organic Photovoltaics, are going to be submitted for publication in the near future through Dr. Gomez’s lab.