FURI | Spring 2021

Electrically Assisted 3D Printing of PEDOT:PSS Film for Solar Cell Fabrication

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PEDOT:PSS based solar cells are a promising renewable energy source. They have exhibited high energy efficiency while still maintaining stability. The problem with these types of solar cells is that they are not easy to produce in large quantities. Current methods of material deposition rely on spin-coating, which is acceptable for small-scale manufacturing but not for large-scale production. This proposed research seeks to develop a scalable 3D printing process to make large-scale production viable. In this project, process parameters, including the material concentration, electrical field strength, extrusion speed, etc., will be studied to improve the printing quality.

Student researcher

John Hutchins

John Karl Hutchins

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Fall 2021