An Integrated Approach Toward High Performance Materials and Contacts for Organic Solar Cells

Dana Olson

Dana Olson

Senior Scientist

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Dana C. Olson spent two years as an intelligence community (IC) postdoctoral fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He is a research scientist at NREL and oversees much of the organic photovoltaic research in the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV). He has over ten years of experience in organic electronics and eight years with organic and hybrid photovoltaics. During his graduate research at NREL, he focused on hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaics. He successfully demonstrated the first hybrid photovoltaic devices based on polymer/ZnO nanorod composites as well as demonstrating inverted bulk heterojunction devices based on ZnO hole blocking layers. During his time at Sandia National Laboratories, he focused his research on enhancing the interfacial interactions between the polymer and the metal oxide in order to enhance polymer infiltration, charge generation, and device performance. He developed inorganic metal oxide interfacial layers as well and organic self assembled monolayers between the polymer and ZnO that enhance the photovoltage, enhance the crystallinity of the polymer at the interface, and decrease carrier recombination. Since returning to NREL, he has returned his focus to interfacial modification and the development of electron and hole blocking layers for use in polymer/fullerene bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices. He has published more than 33 scientific papers and given numerous invited presentations at international conferences.

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