Guide to Making Organic Photovoltaics (Solar Cells) or Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs)

This video fabrication guide demonstrates all the processes and steps required to fabricate organic photovoltaic (solar cell) devices. Here, we use a blend of P3HT:PCBM as the active layer, PEDOT:PSS as the hole interface and aluminium as the electron contact. However, the exact same techniques can be used to produce OLEDs by replacing the P3HT:PCBM with F8:F8BT and adding a calcium electron interface.

This was the first video fabrication guide we ever produced but is still very useful for demonstrating a complete process and general techniques. Note however that with newer generations of materials with much increased current densities we now recommend the use of the 8-pixel photovoltaic substrates with lower ITO series resistance rather than the original OLED substrates featured here.

We hope you find this video useful. If you wish to download a copy for teaching or personal purposes, please contact us. The download version is approximately 160 MB and is in Windows Media (.wmv) format.

Make devices for yourself

For more information read the accompanying written OPV and OLED fabrication guide, or contact us for help getting going in your lab. We also provide a full range of materials and consumables for you to start making organic photovoltaics in your lab.