Probing the effect of relative molecular orientation on the photovoltaic device performance of an organic bilayer heterojunction using soft x-ray spectroscopies

S. W. Cho, A. Demasi, A. R.H. Preston, K. E. Smith, L. F.J. Piper, K. V. Chauhan, T. S. Jones

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Abstract

The orientation of the constituent molecules in organic thin film devices can affect significantly their performance due to the highly anisotropic nature of π-conjugated molecules. We report here an angle dependent x-ray absorption study of the control of such molecular orientation using well-ordered interlayers for the case of a bilayer heterojunction of chloroaluminum phthalocyanine (ClAlPc) and C 60. Furthermore, the orientation-dependent energy level alignment of the same bilayer heterojunction has been measured in detail using synchrotron radiation-excited photoelectron spectroscopy. Regardless of the orientation of the organic interlayer, we find that the subsequent ClAlPc tilt angle improves the π-π interaction at the interface, thus leading to an improved short-circuit current in photovoltaic devices based on ClAlPc/C 60. The use of the interlayers does not change the effective band gap at the ClAlPc/C 60 heterointerface, resulting in no change in open-circuit voltage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number263302
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume100
Issue number26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 25

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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