Organic Photovoltaic Review Papers

Finding out what is already in the literature can be daunting and one of the most time-consuming parts of writing a thesis. However, one advantage of going through this process is that your thesis becomes a permanent record of relevant prior literature.

As such, we've pulled together a list of review papers from the theses' and papers of Ossila staff, as well as elsewhere. We have found these a very useful guide as to what is out there, and have chosen to list them here in the hope they may be of use to others.

While this list is not intended to be totally comprehensive, if there are any review papers which we have missed and which you feel should be included here then please drop us a line.


  • Organic Solar Cells: A Review,
    G. A. Chamberlain,
    Solar Cells, Vol. 8, Pages 47-83, (1983)


  • Plastic Solar Cells,
    C. J. Brabec, S. N. Sariciftci and J. C. Hummelen,
    Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 11, Pages 15-26 (2001)
    DOI: 10.1002/1616-3028(200102)11:1<15::AID-ADFM15>3.0.CO;2-A

  • Recent Developments in Conjugated Polymer Based Plastic Solar Cells,
    C. J. Brabec and S. N. Sariciftci,
    Chemical Monthly, Vol. 132, Pages 421-431 (2001)
    DOI: 10.1007/s007060170105


  • Organic Photovoltaics: Technology and Market,
    C. J. Brabec,
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 83, Pages 273-292 (2004)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2004.02.030

  • Organic Solar Cells: An Overview,
    H. Hoppe and S. N. Sariciftci,
    Materials Research Society, Vol. 19, Pages 1924-1945 (2004)
    DOI: 10.1557/JMR.2004.0252


  • Morphology of Polymer/Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells,
    H. Hoppe and S. N. Sariciftci,
    Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 16, Pages 45-61 (2005)
    DOI: 10.1039/b510618b


  • A Review of Charge Transport and Recombination in Polymer/Fullerene Organic Solar Cells,
    A. Pivrikas, N.S. Sariciftci, G. Juska and R Osterbacka,
    Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Vol. 15, Pages 677-696 (2007)
    DOI: 10.1002/pip.791

  • Conjugated Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cells,
    S. Gunes, H. Neugebauer and N. S. Sariciftci,
    Chemical Reviews, Vol. 107, Pages 1324-1338 (2007)
    DOI: 10.1021/cr050149z

  • Device Physics of Polymer: Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells,
    P. W. M. Blom, V. D. Mihailetchi, L. J. A. Koster and D. E. Markov,
    Advanced Materials, Vol. 19, Pages 1551-1566 (2007)
    DOI: 10.1002/adma.200601093

  • Low Band Gap Polymers for Organic Photovoltaics,
    E. Bundgaard and F. C. Krebs,
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 91, Pages 954-985 (2007)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2007.01.015

  • Polymer-Based Solar Cells,
    A. C. Mayer, S. R. Scully, B. E. Hardin, M. W. Rowell and M. D. McGehee,
    Materials Today, Vol. 10, Pages 28-33 (2007)
    DOI : 10.1016/S1369-7021(07)70276-6

  • Toward High-Performance Polymer Solar Cells: The Importance of Morphology Control,
    X.Yang and J. Loos,
    Macromolecules, Vol. 40, Pages 1353-1362 (2007)
    DOI: 10.1021/ma0618732


  • Polymer-Fullerene Composite Solar Cells,
    B. C. Thompson and J. M. J. Fréchet,
    Angewandte Chemie, Vol. 47, Pages 58-77 (2008)
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.200702506

  • Stability/Degradation of Polymer Solar Cells,
    M. Jorgensen, K. Norrman and F. C. Krebs,
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 92, Pages 686-714 (2008)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2008.01.005


  • Fabrication and Processing of Polymer Solar Cells: A Review of Printing and Coating Techniques,
    F. C. Krebs,
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 93, Pages 394-412 (2009)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2008.10.004

  • Organic Tandem Solar Cells: A Review,
    T. Ameri, G. Dennler, C. Lungenschmied and C. J. Brabec,
    Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 2, Pages, 347-363 (2009)
    DOI: 10.1039/b817952b

  • Polymer-Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells,
    G. Dennler, M. C. Scharber and C. J. Brabec,
    Advanced Materials, Vol. 21, pages 1323-1338 (2009)
    DOI: 10.1002/adma.200801283

  • Recent Progress in Polymer Solar Cells: Manipulation of Polymer:Fullerene Morphology and the Formation of Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells,
    L.M. Chen, Z. Hong, G. Li and Y. Yang,
    Advanced Materials, Vol. 21, Pages 1434-1449 (2009)
    DOI: 10.1002/adma.200802854


  • A Review of Polymer Multijunction Solar Cells,
    M. K. Siddiki, J. Li, D. Galipeau and Q. Qiao,
    Energy & Environmental Science, Vol. 3, Pages 867-883 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1039/b926255p

  • Advanced Materials and Processes for Polymer Solar Cell Devices,
    M. Helgesen, R. Sondergaard and F. C. Krebs,
    Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 20, Pages 26-60 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1039/b913168j

  • Carbazole-Based Polymers for Organic Photovoltaic Devices,
    J. Li and A. C. Grimsdale,
    Chemical Society Reviews, Vol. 39, Pages 2399-2410 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1039/b915995a

  • Controlling Nanoscale Morphology in Polymer Photovoltaic Devices,
    J. E. Slota, X. He and W. T.S. Huck,
    Nano Today, Vol. 5, Pages 231-242 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nantod.2010.05.004

  • Designs and Architectures for the Next Generation of Organic Solar Cells,
    K-S Liao, S. D. Yambem, A. Haldar, N. J. Alley and S. A Curran,
    Energies, Vol. 3, Pages 1212-1250 (2010)
    DOI: 10.3390/en3061212

  • Polymer Solar Cells: Recent Development and Possible Routes for Improvement in Performance,
    W. Cai, X. Gong and Y. Cao,
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 94, Pages 114-127 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2009.10.005

  • Polymer Solar Cells: Recent Approaches and Achievements,
    R. Po, M. Maggini and N. Camaioni,
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 114, Pages 695-706 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1021/jp9061362

  • Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells,
    C. J. Brabec, S. Gowrisanker, J. J. M. Halls, D. Laird, S. Jia and S. P. Williams,
    Advanced Materials, Vol. 22, Pages 3839-3856 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1002/adma.200903697

  • Power From Plastic,
    A. J. Moulé,
    Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, Vol. 14, Pages 123-130 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.cossms.2010.06.003

  • Semiconducting Polymers: The Third Generation,
    A. J. Heeger,
    Chemical Society Reviews, Vol. 39, Pages 2354-2371 (2010)
    DOI: 10.1039/b914956m


  • How the Structural Deviations on the Backbone of Conjugated Polymers Influence Their Optoelectronic Properties and Photovoltaic Performance,
    C. L. Chochos and S. A. Choulis,
    Progress in Polymer Science, Vol. 36, Pages 1326-1414 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2011.04.003

  • Improvement in Stability of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl)/[6,6]-phenyl- C61-butyric acid methyl ester Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell by Using UV Light Irradiation,
    A. Moujoud, S. H. Oh, J. J. Hye and H. J. Kim,
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 95, Pages 1037-1041 (2011)

  • Metal Oxide Applications in Organic-Based Photovoltaics,
    T. Gershon,
    Materials Science and Technology, Vol. 27, Pages 1357-1371 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1179/026708311X13081465539809

  • Polymer:Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells,
    J. Nelson,
    Materials Today, Vol. 14, Pages 462-470 (2011)

  • Processable Low-Bandgap Polymers for Photovoltaic Applications,
    P-L T. Boudreault, A. Najari and M. Leclerc,
    Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 23, Pages 456-469 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1021/cm1021855

  • The Role of Buffer Layers in Polymer Solar Cells,
    R. Po, C. Carbonera, A. Bernardi and N. Camaioni,
    Energy and Environmental Science, Vol. 4, Pages 285-310 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1039/c0ee00273a

  • Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Polymer-Based Thin-Film Solar Cells,
    H. Ohkita and S. Ito,
    Polymer, Vol. 52, Pages 4397-4417 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2011.06.061