Charge-carrier selective electrodes for organic bulk heterojunction solar cell by contact-printed siloxane oligomers

Hyun Sik Hwang, Dahl Young Khang

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'Smart' (or selective) electrode for charge carriers, both electrons and holes, in organic bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells using insertion layers made of hydrophobically-recovered and contact-printed siloxane oligomers between electrodes and active material has been demonstrated. The siloxane oligomer insertion layer has been formed at a given interface simply by conformally-contacting a cured slab of polydimethylsiloxane stamp for less than 100 s. All the devices, either siloxane oligomer printed at one interface only or printed at both interfaces, showed efficiency enhancement when compared to non-printed ones. The possible mechanism that is responsible for the observed efficiency enhancement has been discussed based on the point of optimum symmetry and photocurrent analysis. Besides its simplicity and large-area applicability, the demonstrated contact-printing technique does not involve any vacuum or wet processing steps and thus can be very useful for the roll-based, continuous production scheme for organic BHJ solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalThin Solid Films
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 31

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (KRF) grant funded by the Korea government ( MEST ) ( 2009-0069209 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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