Addressing the need for low cost, scalable solar power, Eric’s thesis examined the potential for printable organic photovoltaics to attain the necessary efficiencies and stabilities to disrupt conventional technologies. During his PhD, Eric developed methodology to quantify energy losses in the charge generation process and used these methods to determine empirical limits for the voltage and efficiency that can be produced by bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells. Eric is currently the Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics at Stanford, where he is interested in understanding the structural origins of recombination losses in organic solar cells. He is also involved with a start up developing new materials and metrology for the photovoltaic industry. Eric enjoys running, biking and other endurance sports.
Factors that Influence the Open Circuit Voltage and Stability of Polymer:Fullerene Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells