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Influences of Surface Roughness of ZnO Electron Transport Layer on the Photovoltaic Performance of Organic Inverted Solar Cells
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
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2012 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 116, no 46, 24462-24468 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Here, we demonstrate the correlation between the surface roughness of the ZnO interlayer used as an electron transporting interlayer (ETL) in organic inverted solar cells (ISCs) and the photovoltaic performance of the ISCs. Three different surfaces of the ZnO ETL are studied in ISCs with the polymer poly[2,3-bis-(3-octyloxyphenyl)-quinoxaline-5,8-diyl-alt-thiophene-2,5-diyl] (TQ1) mixed with [6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) as the active layer. The results obtained from these ISCs show that power conversion efficiency increases from 2.7% to 3.9% when the root-mean-square roughness of the ZnO layer decreases from 48 to 1.9 nm. Moreover, it is found that the short-circuit current density is higher in the ISC based on the smoother ZnO interlayer, with a larger donor/acceptor (D/A) interfacial area in the active layer that facilitates exciton dissociation. The reduced effective interfacial area between the photoactive layer and the ZnO interlayer with decreased ZnO surface roughness leads to an observed improvement in both fill factor and open circuit voltage, which is ascribed to a reduced concentration of traps at the interface between the ZnO interlayer and the active layer.

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American Chemical Society , 2012. Vol. 116, no 46, 24462-24468 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86648DOI: 10.1021/jp308480uISI: 000311461100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-86648DiVA: diva2:580096
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten)||Swedish Research Council (VR)||VINNOVA||

Available from: 2012-12-20 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-06
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1. Studies of Morphology and Charge-Transfer in Bulk-Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studies of Morphology and Charge-Transfer in Bulk-Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The work presented in this thesis focuses on the two critical issues of bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells: morphology of active layers and energy loss during charge transfer process at electron donor/acceptor interfaces. Both issues determine the performance of polymer solar cells through governing exciton dissociation, charge carrier recombination and free charge carrier transport.

The morphology of active layers (spatial percolation of the donor and acceptor) is crucial for the performance of polymer solar cells due to the limited diffusion length of excitons in organic semiconductors (5-20 nm). Meanwhile, the trade-off between charge generation and transport also needs to be considered. On the one hand, a finely mixed morphology with a large donor/acceptor interface area is preferred for charge generation because efficient exciton dissociation only occurs at the interface, but on the other hand, proper phase separation is needed to reduce charge carrier recombination and facilitate free charge carrier transport to the electrodes. In this thesis, morphologies of the active layers based on different polymeric donors and fullerene acceptors are correlated to the performance of solar cells with various microscopic and spectroscopic techniques including atomic force microscope, transmission electron microscope, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, electroluminescence and Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy. Furthermore, methods to manipulate the morphologies of solution processed active layers to achieve high performance solar cells are also presented. Processing solvents, chemical structures of the donor and the acceptor materials, and substrate surface properties are found critically important in determining the nanoscale phase separation and performance of polymer solar cells.

Optimizing morphology of active layers alone does not guarantee high performance devices. In addition to spatial percolation, energy arrangements of donors and acceptors are also essential due to contrary requests of the photocurrent and the photovoltage: Efficient exciton dissociation or charge transfer at donor/acceptor interfaces requires large enough energetic driving force, which is also known as energy loss for charge transfer. However, the energy loss due to charge transfer will unavoidably reduce the photovoltage. In this thesis the balance between the photocurrent and the photovoltage in polymer solar cells due to charge transfer at donor/acceptor interfaces is investigated for different active material systems. The driving force tuned by synthesizing series of polymers is determined by directly measuring the optical band gap via UV-Vis spectroscopy and probing the charge transfer recombination via electroluminescence measurements. Influences of driving force on the photocurrent and the photovoltage are characterized via field dependent photoluminescence and internal quantum efficiency measurements. The results correlated well with the performance of the solar cells.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 53 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1545
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Natural Sciences Engineering and Technology
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99430 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-99430 (DOI)978-91-7519-509-4 (ISBN)
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2013-11-14, Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-10-17 Created: 2013-10-17 Last updated: 2013-10-17Bibliographically approved

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