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Title: Recyclable organic solar cells on substrates comprising cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)

Recyclable organic solar cells are disclosed herein. Systems and methods are further disclosed for producing, improving performance, and for recycling the solar cells. In certain example embodiments, the recyclable organic solar cells disclosed herein include: a first electrode; a second electrode; a photoactive layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode; an interlayer comprising a Lewis basic oligomer or polymer disposed between the photoactive layer and at least a portion of the first electrode or the second electrode; and a substrate disposed adjacent to the first electrode or the second electrode. The interlayer reduces the work function associated with the first or second electrode. In certain example embodiments, the substrate comprises cellulose nanocrystals that can be recycled. In certain example embodiments, one or more of the first electrode, the photoactive layer, and the second electrode may be applied by a film transfer lamination method.
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Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Purdue Research Foundation, The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture EFRC
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Patent File Date: 2014 Mar 21
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Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, GA (United States) Purdue Research Foundation, West Lafayette, IN (United States) The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC (United States)
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United States

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