Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Faculty Advisor

Rao, Pratap M.


The thin film generation of solar cells is a promising alternative to the market-dominating silicon wafer cells. Thin film cells have the potential for high mechanical flexibility, while having recorded efficiencies that rival that of traditional silicon cells. Hole Transport Layers (HTL) such as P3HT are available for flexible solar cells, but are limited by high cost. Our group aims to determine whether CuSCN, a cheaper HTL, can be utilized to create a flexible solar cell. We compared the power conversion efficiency and mechanical flexibility of cells with CuSCN HTLs with more expensive HTLs. Through this, we discovered that CuSCN can be used in a working flexible cell but achieves lower efficiency than P3HT and comparable tolerance to bending in thin film solar cells.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering