Welcome to the FOM Focus Group at Groningen (FFGG) website.
This site is very new, and we are working to create content for it. At present, most of what you will find is information about the individual investigators and brief descriptions of the different lines of research that make up the Focus Group. The about page contains more information about the individual members of this Focus Group.
What is the purpose of this FOM Focus Group at Groningen?
Our main goal is to bring together researchers from commentary scientific disciplines to focus on using basic scientific research to push organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices from the laboratory to a viable and commercializable technology. To do this, we have to push the efficiencies of current OPVs close to their theoretical maximum while increasing the lifetimes of the final devices and making the overall fabrication process more sustainable. The types of OPV devices that we focus on are hybrid (organic/inorganic) and bulk-heterojunction (all-organic) "plastic" solar cells. They are called plastic solar cells because the organic materials used to convert light into electricity are organic materials similar to ordinary plastic.
Our team comprises chemists, physicists, and theoreticians that make a feedback loop: theorists predict, chemists synthesize, physicists study, theorists improve models based on these studies, and the cycle repeats. Each "turn" of the cycle produces better materials and better devices and pushes OPV closer to a viable technology that is capable of competing with modern polycrystalline solar cells in terms of cost, efficiency, and lifetime. Plus, OPVs have the advantage that they are thin, pliable, and even stretchable--they are plastic.