Project 01 Optimization of Nanoscale Interfaces in Organic pv active Layers Journal Publications (Published)



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Year 1 Knowledge Transfer Involving HQP


Project 01

Optimization of Nanoscale Interfaces in Organic PV Active Layers
Journal Publications (Published)

  • F. Liu, B. S. Rao, J.M. Nunzi, “A novel dye functionalized silver-silica core-shell NPs and its application in organic light emitting diodes“, Organic Electronics 12, 1279–1284 (2011)




  • Francis Paquin, Gianluca Latini, Maciej Sakowicz, Paul-Ludovic Karsenti, Linjun Wang, David Beljonne, Natalie Stingelin, Carlos Silva, “Charge separation by photoexcitation in semicrystalline polymeric semiconductors: An intrinsic or extrinsic mechanism?” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 197401 (2011).


Project 02

Improving Organic Solar Cell Efficiency Using Low Band Gap Polymers and Tandem Devices
Journal Publications (Published)

  • J. L. Brusso, M. R. Lilliedal, S. Holdcroft, “Pi-Conjugated Polymers with Thermocleavable Substituents for Use as Active Layers in Organic Photovoltaics”, Polymer Chemistry. 2, (2011), 175-180


Presentations (Invited)

  • M. Côté (invited), (includes work done by HQP Jonathan Laflamme)“ Design of polymers for photovoltaic application: an ab initio approach”. International Conference on Frontier Topics in Nanostructures and Condensed Matter Theory, London, Ontario, March 9 to 11, 2011. http://ncmt2011.uwo.ca/


Presentations (Oral)

  • S. Lévesque, P. E. Trevisanutto, J.F. Laprade, M. Côté (contributed) “Electronic structure study of Diketo-Pyrrolo-Pyrrole Polymers for Photovoltaic Applications”, APS March Meeting, March 16, Portland, Oregon, 2010. http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR10/Content/1812




  • S. Lévesque, P. E. Trevisanutto, J.F. Laprade, M. Côté (contributed) “Concevoir des cellules solaires organiques plus efficaces”, 78e congres ACFAS, Montréal, May 11, 2010 http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres/a-propos




  • S. Lévesque, P. E. Trevisanutto, J.F. Laprade, M. Côté (contributed) “Electronic structure study of Diketo-Pyrrolo-Pyrrole Polymers for Photovoltaic Applications”, Photonics North 2010, Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 1-3, 2010. http://www.photonicsnorth.com/


Education and Outreach (Community Involvement)

  • M. Côté, “Du plastique à l’énergie solaire”, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, presentation to college students, February 12, 2010.




  • M. Côté, “L’énergie solaire”, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec, presentation to Université du 3e Age (UTA), March 31, 2010.



Project 03

Highly Efficient Low-Cost Polymeric Solar Cells
Journal Publications (Submitted)

  • B. Worfolk, S. Beaupré, M. Leclerc and J. Buriak, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, submitted.


Presentations (Invited)

  • Mario Leclerc (includes work done by HQP P. Berrouard and J.-R. Pouliot), Conjugated Polymers : From Micro-Electronics to Genomic, University of Regina, Regina, Feb 10, 2011 (invited speaker)




  • Mario Leclerc (includes work done by HQP P. Berrouard and J.-R. Pouliot), Conjugated Polymers : From Micro-Electronics to Genomic, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Feb 11, 2011 (invited speaker)


Presentations (Oral)

  • Conference: APS, Dallas Convention Center, March 22, 2011: N. Berube, H. Antaya et M. Cote, "Organic solar cells: a theoretical study of the effects of polymer side-chains" (contributed talk) http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/MAR11/Content/2061


Network In The Media (Broadcast Radio or TV)

  • Prof. Leclerc's team on the Television show ‘’Le Code Chastenay’’ broadcasted by Télé-Québec. See the video ''L'encre Solaire: un panneau solaire liquide qu'on peut imprimer sur un T-shirt''. Put online November 30, 2010. (In French Only) Télé-Québec : Vidéo | Le code Chastenay : L'encre solaire : une nouvelle source d'énergie imprimable sur un banal t-shirt.



Project 04

Metal Oxide/Organic Hybrid Solar Cells
Journal Publications (Submitted)

  • O. Pare-Labrosse, Y. Alattar, M. Wang, I.G. Hill and C. Silva, Improving exciton dissociation and polaron lifetimes at hybrid ZnO/P3HT interfaces (in preparation)




  • M. Wang and I.G. Hill, Modifying the electron affinity of ZnO to optimize performance of hybrid solar cells (in preparation)




Project 05

Tandem Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Nanowire Based Solar Cell

  • None



Project 06

Optimization of Nanoscale Interfaces in Organic PV Active Layers
Journal Publications (Published)

  • D.A. Rider, B.J. Worfolk, K.D. Harris, A. Lalany, K. Shahbazi, M.D. Fleischauer, M.J. Brett and J.M. Buriak, “Stable inverted polymer/fullerene solar cells using a cationic polythiophene-modified PEDOT:PSS cathodic interface”, Advanced Functional Materials, 20(15), 2404–2415 (Aug 2010). DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201000304.




  • N.J. Gerein, M.D. Fleischauer and M.J. Brett, “Effect of TiO2 film porosity and thermal processing on TiO2-P3HT hybrid materials and photovoltaic device performance”, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 94(12), 2343-2350 (Dec 2010).




  • J.G. Van Dijken, M.D. Fleischauer and M.J. Brett, “Controlled nanostructuring of CuPc thin films via glancing angle deposition for idealized organic photovoltaic architectures”, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, 1013-1019 ( Jan 2011). DOI: 10.1039/C0JM03026K.

Journal Publications (Submitted)


  • M. Thomas, B. Worfolk, D.A. Rider, M.T. Taschuk, J.M. Buriak, M.J. Brett, “C60 Fullerene Nanocolumns - Polythiophene Heterojunctions for Inverted Organic Photovoltaic Cells”, under revisions after referee’s comments for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (reviews received March 20, 2011).



Presentations (Oral)

  • S. Demtchenko, P. Gordon, S. McGarry, S. Barry, “Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor (MIS) Photovoltaic Device”, MRS Spring Meeting, April 2010. http://www.mrs.org/spring2010/




  • S. Demtchenko, S. McGarry, P. Gordon, S. Barry, and N.G. Tarr, "Characterization and assessment of a novel hybrid organic/inorganic metal-insulator-semiconductor structure for photovoltaic applications", Proc. SPIE v. 7750, p. 77502Y (May 2010). http://spie.org/x1848.xml




  • B.J. Worfolk, D.A. Rider, R.T. Tucker, J.A.M. Fordyce, M.D. Fleischauer, K.D. Harris, M.J. Brett and J.M. Buriak, “Assembly of semiconductor nanorod/polymer nanocomposite multilayer films for photovoltaics”, 93rd Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Toronto, ON, Canada, May 29 - June 2 , 2010. http://www.csc2010.ca/




  • S. Demtchenko, S. McGarry, N.G. Tarr, “Characterization and Assessment of a Novel Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Structure for Photovoltaic Applications”, SPIE Photonics North, Niagara Falls, June 2010. http://www.photonicsnorth.com/


Presentations (Poster)

  • J.G. Van Dijken, A. Lalany, M.D. Fleischauer and M.J. Brett, “Tailoring CuPc nanostructures via Glancing Angle Deposition”, poster presentation at the 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Honolulu, HI, June 20-25, 2010. (Best poster award winner) http://www.ieee-pvsc.org/PVSC35/


Knowledge Generation and Mobilization (Patents Filed)

  • M. Brett, J. Buriak, M. Fleischauer, N. Gerein, K. Harris, S. McClure, D. Rider, “Photovoltaic Device Based on Conformal Coating of Columnar Structures”: U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/370,429, International Patent Application Serial No. PCT/CA2009/000132, Canadian Patent Application Serial No. 2,713,910, European Patent Application Serial No. 09709521.0


Knowledge Generation and Mobilization (Intellectual Property Disclosure)

  • R.T.Tucker, M.T. Taschuk, M.J. Brett, “High performance, transparent conductor free organic solar cells”, Report of Invention submitted March 15, 2011


Knowledge Generation and Mobilization (Technology Transfer)

  • Two of M. Brett’s graduate students (J. van Dijken and M. Thomas) together with B. Worfolk from J. Buriak’s group were runner’s up in the TEC Edmonton Venture Prize competition for technology start-ups. Their business proposal deals with photovoltaics. This is a high-profile competition in Alberta and by reaching the finals (winners were announced April 27) they were already guaranteed a prize of at least $30,000.



Project 07

Enhanced Efficiency Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
Journal Publications (Published)

  • Eric Arsenault, Navid Soheilnia, G. A. Ozin, 2011, Periodic Macroporous Nanocrystalline Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide Electrode, ACS Nano 5, 2984-2988.


Journal Publications (Submitted)

  • Nicolas Tétreault, Éric Arsenault, Thomas Moehl, Leo-Philip Heiniger, Navid Solheinia, Jérémie Brillet, Shaik Zakeeruddin, Geoffrey A. Ozin, Michael Grätzel, 2011, Novel Self-Assembled 3D Host-Guest Photoanode for High Efficiency Photovoltaics, Nano Letters, submitted


Presentations (Invited)

  • Navid Sohelina, Photovoltaics Canada First National Scientific Conference, A step toward high efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 1-3, 2010 (invited) http://www.photonicsnorth.com/


Knowledge Generation and Mobilization (Patents Filed)

  • Michael Graetzel, Geoffrey A. Ozin, Nicolas Tetreault, 3D TCO Electrode, U.S. Patent, filed 2010.



Project 08

Third Generation Spectral Engineering for Increased Solar Cell Efficiencies
Network in the Media (Online)

  • Online (web and newsletter) (listed in Project 11 also) uOttawa Engineering Researchers Join NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network March 1st 2010, http://www.engineering.uottawa.ca/en/news_articles/view/uottawa_engineering_researchers_join_nserc_photovoltaic_innovation_network/




  • Réseau stratégique du CRSNG sur l’innovation photovoltaïque : participation de chercheurs en génie de l’Université d’Ottawa March 1st 2010, http://www.engineering.uottawa.ca/fr/news_articles/view/uottawa_engineering_researchers_join_nserc_photovoltaic_innovation_network/



Project 09

Nanowire Photovoltaics
Journal Publications (Published)

  • A.C.E. Chia and R.R. LaPierre, “Contact planarization of ensemble nanowires”, Nanotechnology 22 (2011) 245304.




  • H. P. T. Nguyen, Y.-L Chang, I. Shih and Z. Mi, “InN p-i-n nanowire solar cells on Si”, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 17 17 (2011) 1062.



  • O. Salehzadeh and S P Watkins , “Effect of carbon tetrabromide on the morphology of GaAs nanowires”, Nanotechnology 22 (2011) 165603.



Presentations (Invited)

  • (Invited) Z. Mi, Y.-L. Chang, H. Nguyen, and K. Cui, “Prospects and challenges of InN based nanoscale heterostructures and devices integrated on Si,” SPIE/COS Photonics Asia, Beijing, China, Oct. 2010. http://spie.org/photonics-asia.xml


Presentations (Oral)

  • Y.-L. Chang, H. P. T. Nguyen, I. Shih, and Z. Mi, “Vertically aligned InN p-i-n nanowire solar cells on Si,” Photonics North 2010 and Photovoltaics Canada First National Scientific Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, June 1-3, 2010. http://www.photonicsnorth.com




  • Y.-L. Chang, F. Li, H. P. T. Nguyen, and Z. Mi, “Optical and electrical transport properties of nearly intrinsic and Si-doped InN nanowires,” Electronic Materials Conference 2010, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, June 23-25, 2010. http://www.tms.org/meetings/specialty/emc10/home.aspx




  • O. Salehzadeh and S. P. Watkins, “Control of III-V nanowire morphology by precursor chemistry”, 15th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Center for Advanced Materials (PCAMM 2010), British Columbia, Canada. http://www.mina.ubc.ca/pcamm2010

Presentations (Poster)

  • Poster presentation, O. Salehzadeh and S. P. Watkins, “Investigation of the growth of GaAs and InAs/GaAs core/shell nanowires”, 15th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Center for Advanced Materials (PCAMM 2010), British Columbia, Canada. http://www.mina.ubc.ca/pcamm2010



Project 10

Advanced Thin Silicon High Efficiency Device Integrations
Journal Publications

  • Barzin Bahardoust, Alongkarn Chutinan, Keith Leong, Adel B. Gougam, Davit Yeghikyan,Tome Kosteski, Nazir P. Kherani, and Stefan Zukotynski,“Passivation study of the amorphous–crystalline silicon interface formed using DC saddle-field glow discharge”, Phys. Status Solidi A 207.(3) (2010) 539–543.



  • P. G. O’Brien, A. Chutinan, K. Leong, N. P. Kherani, G. A. Ozin, and S. Zukotynski, “Photonic crystal intermediate reflectors for micromorph solar cells: a comparative study”, Optics Express 18(5) (2010) 4478-4490.


Education and Outreach (Student Involvement)

  • Engagement of several undergraduate students in 4th year thesis/design projects as well as summer research work in collaboration with senior graduate students.


Project 11

Novel III-V and I-III-VI Based Multi-Junction Solar Cells
Presentations (Invited)

  • K. Hinzer (including work done by HQPs; J. F. Wheeldon, A. Walker and C. E. Valdivia), “Comment augmenter l’efficacité de cellules solaires à multiples jonctions au dessus de 40%?,” 78e Congrès de l’association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), Montréal, 12 mai 2010. Invited http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres/a-propos




  • K. Hinzer (including work done by HQPs; J. F. Wheeldon, A. Walker and C. E. Valdivia), “High efficiency photovoltaics,” Canadian Association of Physicists Congress 2010 Invited, Toronto, Canada. June 7-11 2010. http://www.cap.ca/en/congress/2010




  • K. Hinzer (including work done by HQPs; J. F. Wheeldon, A. Walker and C. E. Valdivia), “Comment augmenter l’efficacité de cellules solaires à multiples jonctions au-dessus de 40%?”, 3ème colloque du Laboratoire International Associé en Nanotechnologies et Nanosystèmes, Sacacomie, Canada July 14, 2010. Invited http://www.gel.usherbrooke.ca/labn2/documents/FINAL_Recueil.pdf




  • K. Hinzer (including work done by HQPs; J. F. Wheeldon, A. Walker and C. E. Valdivia), “Semiconductor optoelectronics: Lasers for photonic integration, broadband optical amplifiers, high efficiency photovoltaics,” CMC-Microsystems, Kingston, Canada, July 29, 2010. Invited




  • K. Hinzer (including work done by HQPs; J. F. Wheeldon, A. Walker and C. E. Valdivia), “Photovoltaics using nanostructures for above 40% conversion efficiencies,” International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications, Ottawa, Canada, August 4-6, 2010. Keynote speaker http://icnfa2011.international-aset.com/




  • K. Hinzer (including work done by HQPs; J. F. Wheeldon, A. Walker and C. E. Valdivia). “High efficiency solar cell design and testing,” 2010 Canada-Taiwan Symposium in renewable Energy Technologies, Ottawa, Canada, October 23-24, 2010. Invited




  • Z. Mi, Y.-L. Chang, H. Nguyen, and K. Cui, “Prospects and challenges of InN based nanoscale heterostructures and devices integrated on Si,” SPIE/COS Photonics Asia, Beijing, China, Oct. 2010. Invited http://spie.org/photonics-asia.xml




  • K. Hinzer, (including work done by HQP J. F. Wheeldon) Canada Research Chairs: Thinking Ahead for a Strong Future, breakout session Canada’s Energy Future – What will Ontario’s energy plan of 2050 look like? Toronto, Canada, Nov. 24-25, 2010. Invited http://www.research.uwaterloo.ca/institutional/funding/documents/crc_agenda_eng_final.pdf


Presentations (Oral)

  • H. P. T. Nguyen, S. Park, J. L. Wang, I. Shih, and Z. Mi, “Low cost and high performance In(Ga)N/CuInSe2 heterojunction solar cells,” Photonics North 2010 and Photovoltaics Canada First National Scientific Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, June 1-3, 2010. http://www.photonicsnorth.com/




  • S. Park, C. Champness, Z. Mi, and I. Shih, “Contacts to p-type crystalline CuInSe2,” Photonics North 2010 and Photovoltaics Canada First National Scientific Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, June 1-3, 2010.

http://www.photonicsnorth.com/

Network in the Media (Online)

  • Online (web and newsletter) (listed in Project 08 also)

uOttawa Engineering Researchers Join NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network March 1st 2010,

http://www.engineering.uottawa.ca/en/news_articles/view/uottawa_engineering_researchers_join_nserc_photovoltaic_innovation_network/


  • Réseau stratégique du CRSNG sur l’innovation photovoltaïque : participation de chercheurs en génie de l’Université d’Ottawa March 1st 2010,

http://www.engineering.uottawa.ca/fr/news_articles/view/uottawa_engineering_researchers_join_nserc_photovoltaic_innovation_network/
Education and Outreach (School Involvement)

  • Two uOttawa Enrichment MiniCourses (French and English) (25 hours) for 44 Grade 8 to 11 students from all over Eastern Ontario and Outaouais region.  Mark Yandt (MSc), Olivier Thériault (PhD), Samuel Buteau (undergrad) and Philippe Mulet (undergrad) were instructors. May 2-6, 2011


Education and Outreach (Engagement of new partners)

  • Dr. Ramesh Laghumavarapu: collaboration on intermediate band solar cell designs and testing (Prof. Diana Huffaker’s group at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)).



Project 12

Cell Design for Window and Skylight Applications
Journal Publications (Published)

  • Esfandiarpour, B., and Sivoththaman, S. “A silicon texturing technique based on etching through a liquid-phase deposited oxide mask,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 13, D97, 2010.


Presentations (Oral)

  • Athienitis, A.K., Candanedo. J.A., “Building integration of photovoltaic systems in cold climates”, 1st Photonics North Conference proceedings, June 1-3, 2010, (Niagara Falls) http://www.photonicsnorth.com/


Presentations (Poster)

  • Athienitis, A.K., Candanedo. J.A., “Building integration of photovoltaic systems in cold climates”, 1st Photonics North Conference, June 1-3, 2010, (Niagara Falls) http://www.photonicsnorth.com/



Project 13

Photovoltaics and the Transition to a Carbon-Neutral Energy System in Canada

  • None





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