Solution-processable polymer based photovoltaic devices with concentration graded bilayers made via composition control of a poly(3-hexylthiophene)/[6,6]- phenyl C61-butyric acidmethyl ester

Dong Hwan Wang, Dae Geun Choi, O. Ok Park, Jong Hyeok Park

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Abstract

The bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) active layer, prepared by a spin-coating process, has been extensively investigated for its large donor-acceptor interfacial contact area, which can result in increased photo-current density. It is known that a concentration graded structure would enhance not only the charge generation but also charge transport, but, it is very difficult to exhibit such structure in BHJ system. The reason is that the morphology of the BHJ originates from self organization during the thermal annealing step. In this paper, polymer based photovoltaic (PV) devices with concentration graded bilayers have been successfully fabricated for the first time by solution process with various composition controlled poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acidmethyl ester (PCBM) mixtures. The concentration profiles have been confirmed by Auger electron spectroscopy. The optimized bilayer devices with uniform morphology show enhanced photocurrent density and power conversion efficiency when compared to those exhibited by BHJ based PV devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4910-4915
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Volume20
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 7

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Polymer solutions
Heterojunctions
Esters
Chemical analysis
Spin coating
Auger electron spectroscopy
Photocurrents
Conversion efficiency
Charge transfer
Polymers
Current density
Annealing
poly(3-hexylthiophene)

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  • Materials Chemistry

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