Polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells with PEDOT:PSS bilayer structure as hole extraction layer

Wanjung Kim, Namhun Kim, Jung Kyu Kim, Insun Park, Yeong Suk Choi, Dong Hwan Wang, Heeyeop Chae, Jong Hyeok Park

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A high current density obtained in a limited, nanometer-thick region is important for high efficiency polymer solar cells (PSCs). The conversion of incident photons to charge carriers only occurs in confined active layers; therefore, charge-carrier extraction from the active layer within the device by using solar light has an important impact on the current density and the related to power conversion efficiency. In this study, we observed a surprising result, that is, extracting the charge carrier generated in the active layer of a PSC device, with a thickness-controlled PEDOT:PSS bilayer that acted as a hole extraction layer (HEL), yielded a dramatically improved power conversion efficiency in two different model systems (P3HT:PC60BM and PCDTBT:PC70BM). To understand this phenomenon, we conducted optical strength simulation, photocurrent-voltage measurements, incident photon to charge carrier efficiency measurements, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, and AFM studies. The results revealed that approximately 60 nm was the optimum PEDOT:PSS bilayer HEL thickness in PSCs for producing the maximum power conversion efficiency. Two layers are better than one: The systematic increase in power conversion efficiency of polymer solar cells (PSCs) is demonstrated by considering the charge carrier transfer and electric field strength of a device. The unexpected and greatly enhanced power conversion efficiency of PSCs is reported, which can be accomplished by using a PEDOT:PSS hole extraction bilayer. Two different model systems are studied: P3HT:PC60BM and PCDTBT:PC70BM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1075
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy(all)


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