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Enhanced Performance and Stability in Polymer Photovoltaic Cells Using Ultraviolet-Treated PEDOT:PSS
Tianjin University of Technology, Peoples R China .
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2013 (English)In: Chinese Physics Letters, ISSN 0256-307X, E-ISSN 1741-3540, Vol. 30, no 7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We investigate the effects of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation treatment with varying irradiation intensities for different treatment times of poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) film on the performance and stability of polymer solar cells (PSCs) based on regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and methanofullerene [6,6]-phenyl C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blend. Ultraviolet-visible transmission spectra, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, contact angle measurement, atomic force microscopy and the Kelvin probe method are conducted to characterize the UV-treated PEDOT:PSS film. The results demonstrate that UV treatment can improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and stability of PSCs effectively. The best performance is achieved under 1200 mu W/cm(2) UV treatment for 50 min. Compared to the control device, the optimized device exhibits enhanced performance with a V-OC of 0.59 V, J(SC) of 12.3 mA/cm(2), fill factor of 51%, and PCE of 3.64%, increased by 3.5%, 33%, 8.7% and 50%, respectively. The stability of the PSCs is enhanced by 2.5 times simply through the UV treatment on the PEDOT:PSS buffer layer. The improvement in the device performance and stability is attributed to the improvement in the wettability property and the increase in the work function of the PEDOT:PSS film by UV treatment, while the impact of UV treatment on the transparency of the PEDOT:PSS film is negligible. The strategy of using UV treatment to improve device performance and stability is attractive due to its simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and because it is suitable for large-scale commercial production.

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Institute of Physics , 2013. Vol. 30, no 7
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96423DOI: 10.1088/0256-307X/30/7/077201ISI: 000321763700043OAI: diva2:641935

Funding Agencies|Tianjin Natural Science Foundation|13JCYBJC1890012JCQNJC0130013JCZDJC26700|Scientific Developing Foundation of Tianjin Education Commission|20100723|National High-Tech Research and Development Program of China|2013AA011301|Tianjin Key Discipline of Material Physics and Chemistry||

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