New Zealand: University of Otago scientists receive major funding to develop next-generation electronic materials for solar power

Professor Keith Gordon and his team will receive NZD$793,533 over three years for a project to develop a unique class of organic electronic materials that can repair themselves. The team’s initial target is to develop next-generation organic photovoltaics (OPV) for solar power.

OPV is a plastic-based technology that offers much cheaper energy generation than conventional silicon-based photovoltaics, says the university. The practicality of OPVs is currently hampered by factors that include limited operational lifetimes due to existing materials being prone to degrading.

Working with industry partners, the team will develop a new class of self-repairing OPV materials that overcome this and other disadvantages of the technology.