Cytec Industries (Woodland Park, NJ) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) have collaborated to develop a commercially viable technology for organic photovoltaic devices with enhanced stability and extended lifetime. The operational lifetime of organic solar cells must be improved to extend beyond 5 years. Intrinsic stability issues of organic solar cells will be addressed by stabilizing the nanomorphology of the active material blend. The ingress of extrinsic degradation sources of oxygen and water vapor will be suppressed by the development of an appropriate barrier, encapsulation technology.
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