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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2014, Article ID 736165, 8 pages
Research Article

Light Absorption Enhancement in Organic Solar Cell by Embedding Ag Nanoparticles and Nanochains within the Active Layer

1School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
2Key Laboratory of Micro-Inertial Instrument and Advanced Navigation Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210096, China
3Suzhou Key Laboratory of Metal Nano-Optoelectronic Technology, Suzhou Research Institute of Southeast University, Suzhou 215123, China
4School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China

Received 28 February 2014; Accepted 26 March 2014; Published 23 April 2014

Academic Editor: Jing Chen

Copyright © 2014 Sheng-Qing Zhu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We numerically investigate the light absorption enhancement of organic photovoltaic cells by embedding Ag nanoparticles and nanochains within the active layer using a finite element method. We analyze the enhancement mechanism of light absorption and systematically study the influence of factors such as the size and the period of silver nanoparticles. The result shows the localized surface plasmon resonance of the particles has a significant influence on the light absorption. Under AM1.5 illumination condition, a relative enhancement with a factor of 107.1% is observed for nanoparticles with a diameter of 30 nm and a period of 200 nm. In addition, different types of nanochain structures have been studied, and we find that, comparing to monodisperse nanoparticles, nanochain structures can further enhance the light absorption because of the stronger light harvesting in the long wavelength range of 600–800 nm.