Photovoltaic cells, more commonly known as solar cells, are named after the chemical process of converting light into electricity. Organic photovoltaics (OPVs), which use polymers or small organic molecules for light absorption and charge transfer, are the leading candidates for low-cost, lightweight, flexible solar cells. The use of photovoltaic (PV) materials is a promising solution to global energy needs and the current research is largely focused on improving the efficiency of OPVs. This application note discusses how the next-generation atomic force microscopes like the Asylum Research Jupiter XR and Cypher AFM are providing crucial characterization information that can aid in the improvement of organic photovoltaics efficiencies.
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