Kent State has long held a global research leadership in flexible materials such as those used in liquid crystal display technology. The scientific know-how, technological skill sets, and infrastructure that Kent State possesses can be directly and very naturally extended to the field of organic photovoltaics (OPV). Our researchers are in a unique position to address the difficult challenges that the field of OPV present. With the synergy between Kent State researchers and local industry, there is tremendous potential for collaborative research and development of flexible photovoltaics materials and devices. To enable a positive impact on regional commercialization and job creation, Kent State has made a commitment to and authorized hiring of new faculty, construction of new laboratories, and development of new curricula for our undergraduate and graduate programs.
Even in their current stage of infancy, OPV offer significant production costs advantage over the traditional inorganic PV. In spite of their low efficiency, OPV are beginning to be competitive with the inorganic technology in terms of cost per kWh of electricity. However, recent studies suggest that Gen3 organic photovoltaics using higher performing organic-inorganic hybrids will achieve higher efficiency levels and provide greater durability at significantly lower costs.
Among the key promises of organic photovoltaics are:
Kent Stateâ€™s OPV research efforts are also being combined with our expertise in flexible electronics to create new flexible power products for a variety of applications.
To inquire about partnership opportunities, please contact:
Vice President for Research