Currently, the field of organic photovoltaics experiences tremendous growth because this technology offers competitive
efficiency of light – to – energy conversion and compliance with requirements for high-throughput manufacturing (roll –
to – roll, screen printing, etc.). However, several challenges exist, such as relatively short device lifetime and
optimization of device structure to achieve a commercial viability threshold of 10% power conversion efficiency for this
technology, exist. For research purposes quick, simple and inexpensive approaches for device encapsulation are desired
for high-throughput screening of samples. In this paper we show that encapsulation of organic photovoltaic devices using
silicone adhesive and Kapton or glass is a viable approach for preserving devices in ambient conditions at ~25 °C in the
dark for at least 24 hours. Also, PET, Kapton and glass encapsulation materials can be used to limit oxygen and water
access to the device and to determine prevalent degradation pathways in organic solar cells.
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Maxim P. Nikiforov and Seth B. Darling
A simple and inexpensive encapsulation route for high-throughput characterization of organic photovoltaic devices
", Proc. SPIE 8477, Organic Photovoltaics XIII, 84771J (September 13, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.930101; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.930101