Effect of counter-ions on the properties and performance of non-conjugated polyelectrolyte interlayers in solar cell and transistor devices

Ju Hwan Kang, Yu Jung Park, Myung Joo Cha, Yeonjin Yi, Aeran Song, Kwun Bum Chung, Jung Hwa Seo, Bright Walker

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We have investigated a series of non-conjugated polyelectrolytes (NPEs) which are based on a polyethylenimine (PEI) backbone with various counterions, such as Br- I- and BIm4-, as interfacial layers at the electrodes of solar cells and transistor devices to improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and device performance. This new series of NPEs with different counterions are capable of forming electric dipoles at NPE/metal electrode interfaces; as a consequence tuning of the energy levels, and work function (WF) of the electrodes is possible. Using this approach, the PCE of organic solar cells could be improved from 1.05% (without NPEs) to 6.77% (with NPEs) while the charge carrier mobility and on/off ratio of FET devices could be improved, showing the broad utility of this type of material. This study provides a novel approach towards investigating the influence of ions on interfacial dipoles and electrode WFs in solution-processed semiconducting devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20670-20676
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Volume9
Issue number36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

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Radiation counters
Polyelectrolytes
Solar cells
Transistors
Electrodes
Conversion efficiency
Electroforming
Polyethyleneimine
Carrier mobility
Field effect transistors
Charge carriers
Electron energy levels
Tuning
Metals
Ions

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Kang, Ju Hwan ; Park, Yu Jung ; Cha, Myung Joo ; Yi, Yeonjin ; Song, Aeran ; Chung, Kwun Bum ; Seo, Jung Hwa ; Walker, Bright. / Effect of counter-ions on the properties and performance of non-conjugated polyelectrolyte interlayers in solar cell and transistor devices. In: RSC Advances. 2019 ; Vol. 9, No. 36. pp. 20670-20676.
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In: RSC Advances, Vol. 9, No. 36, 01.01.2019, p. 20670-20676.

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