Advanced search
Start date

Spectroscopy of organic semiconductor devices

Grant number: 17/04960-0
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: June 12, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal researcher:Paulo Barbeitas Miranda
Grantee:Paulo Barbeitas Miranda
Visiting researcher: Raavi Sai Santosh Kumar
Visiting researcher institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad), India
Home Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Optoelectronic devices based on conjugated organic materials are becoming an attractive alternative to their inorganic counterparts due to their low cost and increased versatility, since they combine semiconducting properties with the processability and chemical diversity of polymers and small molecules. Organic solar cells, photodetectors and light-emitting diodes are examples of such devices. However, improvements in their performances and device life-time depend on a deep knowledge about the photophysical and electronic processes that occur in the materials. In this proposal we aim at investigating the dynamics of charge recombination and extraction in organic solar cells, by combining transient photoinduced absorption (PA) spectroscopy and transient photocurrent (PC) measurements. During the candidate's stay at IFSC-USP, he will get acquainted with the PA and PC setups, help in extending our current continuous wave-PA setup to perform transient PA with ns to ms temporal resolution, and use it to investigate charge recombination dynamics in organic solar cells. He will also get acquainted with nonlinear spectroscopy methods based on second-harmonic generation (SHG) and sum-frequency generation (SFG) that we are currently using to probe electric fields in organic devices, with the main goal of probing the field distribution in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). The candidate has extensive experience in fabrication and characterization of organic solar cells. He was active in the research towards understanding the role of donor-acceptor interface in a heterojunction solar cell, i.e., Organic-Inorganic interface for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and Hybrid cells, Organic-Organic interface for polymer solar cells, Organic-Organic-Inorganic double interface for solid-state DSSC. He had worked extensively on femtosecond transient spectroscopy absorption (fs-TAS) of donor systems (D-p-A molecules, semiconducting polymers, energy relay dyes) and their interface with metal oxides acceptors like anatase TiO2, ZnO, SnO2. Recently, he has developed working knowledge in nanosecond-millisecond time-resolved spectroscopy, Photocurrent spectroscopy and THz spectroscopy. The exchange of experiences during this stay may be the starting point of a long-term collaboration between the two groups at IFSC-USP and IIT Hyderabad. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant:
Articles published in other media outlets (0 total):
More itemsLess items

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
KOKAL, RAMESH K.; BHATTACHARYA, SOMDATTA; CARDOSO, LILIAN S.; MIRANDA, PAULO B.; SOMA, VENUGOPAL RAO; CHETTI, PRABHAKAR; MELEPURATH, DEEPA; RAAVI, SAI SANTOSH KUMAR. Low cost `green' dye sensitized solar cells based on New Fuchsin dye with aqueous electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrodes. Solar Energy, v. 188, p. 913-923, . (17/04960-0)

Please report errors in scientific publications list by writing to: