Assoc. Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Scharber

Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells / Institute of Physical Chemistry Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Keynote Speaker

Printed Organic Solar Cells

Abstract :

Organic solar cells (OPVs) offer many advantages and this technology has been explored intensively over last years. OPVs can be printed, light weight and flexible, have a very short energy pay-back time and the potential to be manufactured at very low cost. Despite all the advantages, the application of organic solar cells is still limited to small niche markets. In my presentation, I will summarize the current status of printed OPV, analyze the discrepancy between the large potential and the moderate market success of organic solar cells and discuss newest developments. As it turns out, achieving higher power conversion efficiencies is the most important issue for OPV to compete with other photovoltaic technologies in the future.

Bio :

Markus Scharber is currently Associate Professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. He studied physics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and at the Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2002 he received a PhD from the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells. From 2002 until early 2012 he was working at Konarka Technologies Inc. heading among other responsibilities the Material and Device Development Group. His research interests lie in the area of fundamental processes in novel semiconductor materials focusing on applications for energy harvesting and detection.