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  • 1.
    Andersson, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Electron tomography and optical modelling for organic solar cells2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Organic solar cells using carbon based materials have the potential to deliver cheap solar electricity. The aim is to be able to produce solar cells with common printing techniques on flexible substrates, and as organic materials can be made soluble in various solvents, they are well adapted to such techniques. There is a large variation of organic materials produced for solar cells, both small molecules and polymers. Alterations of the molecular structure induce changes of the electrical and optical properties, such as band gap, mobility and light absorption. During the development of organic solar cells, the step of mixing of an electron donor and an electron acceptor caused a leap in power conversion efficiency improvement, due to an enhanced exciton dissociation rate. Top performing organic solar cells now exhibit a power conversion efficiency of over 10%. Currently, a mix of a conjugated polymer, or smaller molecule, and a fullerene derivative are commonly used as electron donor and acceptor. Here, the blend morphology plays an important role. Excitons formed in either of the donor or acceptor phase need to diffuse to the vicinity of the donor-acceptor interface to efficiently dissociate. Exciton diffusion lengths in organic materials are usually in the order of 5-10 nm, so the phases should not be much larger than this, for good exciton quenching. These charges must also be extracted, which implies that a network connected to the electrodes is needed. Consequently, a balance of these demands is important for the production of efficient organic solar cells.

    Morphology has been found to have a significant impact on the solar cell behaviour and has thus been widely studied. The aim of this work has been to visualize the morphology of active layers of organic solar cells in three dimensions by the use of electron tomography. The technique has been applied to materials consisting of conjugated polymers blended with fullerene derivatives. Though the contrast in these blends is poor, three-dimensional reconstructions have been produced, showing the phase formation in three dimensions at the scale of a few nanometres. Several material systems have been investigated and preparation techniques compared.

    Even if excitons are readily dissociated and paths for charge extraction exist, the low charge mobilities of many materials put a limit on film thickness. Although more light could be absorbed by increased film thickness, performance is hampered due to increased charge recombination. A large amount of light is thus reflected and not used for energy conversion. Much work has been put into increasing the light absorption without hampering the solar cell performance. Aside from improved material properties, various light trapping techniques have been studied. The aim is here to increase the optical path length in the active layer, and in this way improve the absorption without enhanced extinction coefficient.

    At much larger dimensions, light trapping in solar cells with folded configuration has been studied by the use of optical modelling. An advantage of these V-cells is that two materials with complementing optical properties may be used together to form a tandem solar cell, which may be connected in either serial or parallel configuration, with maintained light trapping feature. In this work optical absorption in V-cells has been modelled and compared to that of planar ones.

    List of papers
    1. Imaging of the 3D Nanostructure of a Polymer Solar Cell by Electron Tomography
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Imaging of the 3D Nanostructure of a Polymer Solar Cell by Electron Tomography
    2009 (English)In: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 853-855Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Electron tomography has been used for analyzing the active layer in a polymer solar cell, a bulk heterojunction of an alternating copolymer of fluorene and a derivative of fullerene. The method supplies a three-dimensional representation of the morphology of the film, where domains with different scattering properties may be distinguished. The reconstruction shows good contrast between the two phases included in the film and demonstrates that electron tomography is an adequate tool for investigations of the three-dimensional nanostructure of the amorphous materials used in polymer solar cells.

    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16961 (URN)10.1021/nl803676e (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-02-28 Created: 2009-02-27 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    2. Nanomorphology of Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells in 2D and 3D Correlated to Photovoltaic Performance
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nanomorphology of Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells in 2D and 3D Correlated to Photovoltaic Performance
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    2009 (English)In: Macromolecules, ISSN 0024-9297, E-ISSN 1520-5835, Vol. 42, no 13, p. 4646-4650Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Control of the nanoscale morphology of the donor-acceptor material blends inorganic solar Cells is critical for optimizing the photovoltaic performances. The influence of intrinsic (acceptor materials) and extrinsic (donor:acceptor weight ratio, substrate, solvent) parameters was investigated, by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electron tomography (ET), on the nanoscale phase separation of blends of a low-band-gap alternating polyfluorene copolymers (APFO-Green9) with [6,6]-phenyl-C-71-butyric acid methyl ester ([70]PCBM). The photovoltaic performances display an optimal efficiency for the device elaborated with a 1:3 APFO-Green polymer:[70][PCBM weight ratio and spin-coated from chloroform solution. The associated active layer morphology presents small phase-separated domains which is a good balance between as a large interfacial donor-acceptor area and Continuous paths of the donor and acceptor phases to the electrodes.

    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20133 (URN)10.1021/ma802457v (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-08-31 Created: 2009-08-31 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    3. The Effect of additive on performance and shelf-stability of HSX-1/PCBM photovoltaic devices
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Effect of additive on performance and shelf-stability of HSX-1/PCBM photovoltaic devices
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    2011 (English)In: Organic electronics, ISSN 1566-1199, E-ISSN 1878-5530, Vol. 12, no 9, p. 1544-1551Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    How 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) enhances performance of polymer solar cells based on polymer HXS-1 and fullerene [6,6]-phenyl C(71)-butyric acid methyl ester (PC(71)BM) from 3.6% to 5.4% is scrutinized with several techniques by comparing devices or blend films spin-coated from dichlorobenzene (DCB) to those from DCB/DIO (97.5:2.5 v/v). Morphology of blend films is examined with atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron tomography (3-D TEM), respectively. Charge generation and recombination is studied with photoluminescence, and charge transport with field effect transistors. The morphology with domain size in 10-20 nm and vertical elongated clusters formed in DIO system is supposed to facilitate charge transport and minimize charge carrier recombination, which are the main reasons for enhancing power conversion efficiency (PCE) from 3.6% (without DIO) to 5.4% (with DIO). Furthermore, a two year inspection shows no significant impact of DIO on the shelf-stability of the solar cells. No visible degradation in the second year indicates that the morphology of the active layers in the devices is relatively stable after initial relaxation in the first year.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam., 2011
    Keywords
    Polymer solar cell; Additive; Morphology; Shelf-stability; Phase separation
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69770 (URN)10.1016/j.orgel.2011.05.028 (DOI)000292685700013 ()
    Note

    Original Publication: Weiwei Li, Yi Zhou, Viktor Andersson, Mattias Andersson, Yi Thomann, Clemens Veit, Kristofer Tvingstedt, Ruiping Qin, Zhishan Bo, Olle Inganäs, Uli Wuerfel and Fengling Zhang, The Effect of additive on performance and shelf-stability of HSX-1/PCBM photovoltaic devices, 2011, Organic electronics, (12), 9, 1544-1551. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orgel.2011.05.028 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/

    Available from: 2011-08-10 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
    4. Lateral Phase Separation Gradients in Spin-Coated Thin Films of High-Performance Polymer: Fullerene Photovoltaic Blends
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lateral Phase Separation Gradients in Spin-Coated Thin Films of High-Performance Polymer: Fullerene Photovoltaic Blends
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    2011 (English)In: Advanced Functional Materials, ISSN 1616-301X, E-ISSN 1616-3028, Vol. 21, no 16, p. 3169-3175Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, it is demonstrated that a finer nanostructure produced under a rapid rate of solvent removal significantly improves charge separation in a high-performance polymer: fullerene bulk-heterojunction blend. During spin-coating, variations in solvent evaporation rate give rise to lateral phase separation gradients with the degree of coarseness decreasing away from the center of rotation. As a result, across spin-coated thin films the photocurrent at the first interference maximum varies as much as 25%, which is much larger than any optical effect. This is investigated by combining information on the surface morphology of the active layer imaged by atomic force microscopy, the 3D nanostructure imaged by electron tomography, film formation during the spin coating process imaged by optical interference and photocurrent generation distribution in devices imaged by a scanning light pulse technique. The observation that the nanostructure of organic photovoltaic blends can strongly vary across spin-coated thin films will aid the design of solvent mixtures suitable for high molecular-weight polymers and of coating techniques amenable to large area processing.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Wiley-VCH Verlag Berlin, 2011
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70526 (URN)10.1002/adfm.201100566 (DOI)000294166200019 ()
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Swedish Energy Agency||Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion||

    Available from: 2011-09-12 Created: 2011-09-12 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
    5. Morphology of organic electronic materials imaged via electron tomography
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Morphology of organic electronic materials imaged via electron tomography
    2012 (English)In: Journal of Microscopy, ISSN 0022-2720, E-ISSN 1365-2818, Vol. 247, no 3, p. 277-287Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Several organic materials and blends have been studied with the use of electron tomography. Tomography reconstructions of active layers of organic solar cells, where various preparation techniques have been used, have been analysed and compared to device behaviour. In addition, materials with predefined structures, including contrast enhancing features, have been studied and double tilt data collection has been employed to improve reconstructions. Small changes in preparation procedures may lead to large differences in morphology and device performance, and the results also indicate a complex relation between these.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Wiley, 2012
    Keywords
    Electron tomography, morphology, organic electronics, organic solar cell
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72907 (URN)10.1111/j.1365-2818.2012.03643.x (DOI)000307968600008 ()
    Note

    On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Manuscript.

    Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2011-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
    6. Optical modeling of a folded organic solar cell
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Optical modeling of a folded organic solar cell
    2008 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 103, no 9, p. 094520-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The optical behavior of a reflective tandem solar cell (V cell) is modeled by means of finite element method (FEM) simulations. The absorption of solar light in the active material as well as in both electrode layers is calculated. The FEM solves the electromagnetic wave equation on the entire defined geometry, resulting in the consideration of interference effects, as well as effects of refraction and reflection. Both single cells and tandem cells are modeled and confirmed to be in accordance with reflectance measurements. Energy dissipation in the active layers is studied as a function of layer thickness and folding angle, and the simulations clearly display the advantage of the light trapping feature of folded cells. This is especially prominent in cells with thinner active layers, where folding induces absorption in the active layer equivalent to that of much thicker cells.

    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17205 (URN)10.1063/1.2917062 (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-03-10 Created: 2009-03-10 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    7. Comparative study of organic thin film tandem solar cells in alternative geometries
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Comparative study of organic thin film tandem solar cells in alternative geometries
    2008 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 104, no 12, p. 124508-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Optical modeling of one folded tandem solar cell and four types of stacked tandem solar cells has been performed using the finite element method and the transfer matrix method for the folded cell and the stacked cells, respectively. The results are analyzed by comparing upper limits for short circuit currents and power conversion efficiencies. In the case of serial connected tandems all of the five cell types may be compared, and we find that the folded cells are comparable to stacked tandem cells in terms of currents and power conversion efficiencies.

    Keywords
    finite element analysis, power conversion, solar cells, thin film devices
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16513 (URN)10.1063/1.3050346 (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-01-30 Created: 2009-01-30 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
    8. Full day modelling of V-shaped organic solar cell
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Full day modelling of V-shaped organic solar cell
    2011 (English)In: Solar Energy, ISSN 0038-092X, E-ISSN 1471-1257, Vol. 85, no 6, p. 1257-1263Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Folded and planar solar cells are examined with optical simulations, with the finite element method. The maximum photocurrent densities during the full day are compared between cells of different geometries and tilting angles. The change of incident angle and spectrum over time are handled in this analysis. The results show that the light trapping effect of the folded cell makes these cells show higher maximum photocurrent densities than the planar cells during all hours of the day. This is the case for both single and tandem cells. The results also indicate that balancing the currents in the tandem cells by adjusting the active layer thickness may be more cumbersome with the folded tandem cells than the stacked planar cells.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam., 2011
    Keywords
    Organic solar cell; Tandem cell; Light trapping
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69881 (URN)10.1016/j.solener.2010.10.017 (DOI)000291832600012 ()
    Available from: 2011-08-09 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08
    9. An optical spacer is no panacea for light collection in organic solar cells
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>An optical spacer is no panacea for light collection in organic solar cells
    2009 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 043302-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The role of an optical spacer layer has been examined by optical simulations of organic solar cells with various bandgaps. The simulations have been performed with the transfer matrix method and the finite element method. The results show that no beneficial effect can be expected by adding an optical spacer to a solar cell with an already optimized active layer thickness.

    Keywords
    energy gap, finite element analysis, organic semiconductors, solar cells
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16885 (URN)10.1063/1.3073710 (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-02-22 Created: 2009-02-20 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
  • 2.
    Andersson, Viktor
    Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics .
    Optical Optimization of V Tandem Cell2008In: SPIE Photonics,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

      

  • 3.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Herland, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Masich, Sergej
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Imaging of the 3D Nanostructure of a Polymer Solar Cell by Electron Tomography2009In: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 853-855Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Electron tomography has been used for analyzing the active layer in a polymer solar cell, a bulk heterojunction of an alternating copolymer of fluorene and a derivative of fullerene. The method supplies a three-dimensional representation of the morphology of the film, where domains with different scattering properties may be distinguished. The reconstruction shows good contrast between the two phases included in the film and demonstrates that electron tomography is an adequate tool for investigations of the three-dimensional nanostructure of the amorphous materials used in polymer solar cells.

  • 4.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Huang, David M
    Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, Davis, California 95616, USA.
    Moule, Adam J
    Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, Davis, California 95616, USA.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    An optical spacer is no panacea for light collection in organic solar cells2009In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 043302-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The role of an optical spacer layer has been examined by optical simulations of organic solar cells with various bandgaps. The simulations have been performed with the transfer matrix method and the finite element method. The results show that no beneficial effect can be expected by adding an optical spacer to a solar cell with an already optimized active layer thickness.

  • 5.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Masich, Sergej
    Department of cell and molecular biology, Karolinska institutet, Stockholm.
    Solin, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Morphology of organic electronic materials imaged via electron tomography2012In: Journal of Microscopy, ISSN 0022-2720, E-ISSN 1365-2818, Vol. 247, no 3, p. 277-287Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Several organic materials and blends have been studied with the use of electron tomography. Tomography reconstructions of active layers of organic solar cells, where various preparation techniques have been used, have been analysed and compared to device behaviour. In addition, materials with predefined structures, including contrast enhancing features, have been studied and double tilt data collection has been employed to improve reconstructions. Small changes in preparation procedures may lead to large differences in morphology and device performance, and the results also indicate a complex relation between these.

  • 6.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Persson, Nils-Krister
    School of Engineering, Swedish School of Textiles, University College of Borås, SE-501 90 Borås, Sweden.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Comparative study of organic thin film tandem solar cells in alternative geometries2008In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 104, no 12, p. 124508-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Optical modeling of one folded tandem solar cell and four types of stacked tandem solar cells has been performed using the finite element method and the transfer matrix method for the folded cell and the stacked cells, respectively. The results are analyzed by comparing upper limits for short circuit currents and power conversion efficiencies. In the case of serial connected tandems all of the five cell types may be compared, and we find that the folded cells are comparable to stacked tandem cells in terms of currents and power conversion efficiencies.

  • 7.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Skoglund, Caroline
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Uvdal, Kajsa
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Solin, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Preparation of amyloidlike fibrils containing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: Effect of protein aggregation on proton relaxivity2012In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications - BBRC, ISSN 0006-291X, E-ISSN 1090-2104, Vol. 419, no 4, p. 682-686Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A method to prepare amyloid-like fibrils functionalized with magnetic nanoparticles has been developed. The amyloid-like fibrils are prepared in a two step procedure, where insulin and magnetic nanoparticles are mixed simply by grinding in the solid state, resulting in a water soluble hybrid material. When the hybrid material is heated in aqueous acid, the insulin/nanoparticle hybrid material self assembles to form amyloid-like fibrils incorporating the magnetic nanoparticles. This results in magnetically labeled amyloid-like fibrils which has been characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and electron tomography. The influence of the aggregation process on proton relaxivity is investigated. The prepared materials have potential uses in a range of bio-imaging applications.

  • 8.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Tvingstedt, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Optical modeling of a folded organic solar cell2008In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 103, no 9, p. 094520-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The optical behavior of a reflective tandem solar cell (V cell) is modeled by means of finite element method (FEM) simulations. The absorption of solar light in the active material as well as in both electrode layers is calculated. The FEM solves the electromagnetic wave equation on the entire defined geometry, resulting in the consideration of interference effects, as well as effects of refraction and reflection. Both single cells and tandem cells are modeled and confirmed to be in accordance with reflectance measurements. Energy dissipation in the active layers is studied as a function of layer thickness and folding angle, and the simulations clearly display the advantage of the light trapping feature of folded cells. This is especially prominent in cells with thinner active layers, where folding induces absorption in the active layer equivalent to that of much thicker cells.

  • 9.
    Andersson, Viktor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wuerfel, Uli
    Fraunhofer Institute Solar Energy Syst.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Full day modelling of V-shaped organic solar cell2011In: Solar Energy, ISSN 0038-092X, E-ISSN 1471-1257, Vol. 85, no 6, p. 1257-1263Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Folded and planar solar cells are examined with optical simulations, with the finite element method. The maximum photocurrent densities during the full day are compared between cells of different geometries and tilting angles. The change of incident angle and spectrum over time are handled in this analysis. The results show that the light trapping effect of the folded cell makes these cells show higher maximum photocurrent densities than the planar cells during all hours of the day. This is the case for both single and tandem cells. The results also indicate that balancing the currents in the tandem cells by adjusting the active layer thickness may be more cumbersome with the folded tandem cells than the stacked planar cells.

  • 10.
    Barrau, Sophie
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Andersson, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Fengling
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Masich, Sergej
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
    Bijleveld, Johan
    Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg.
    Andersson, Mats R
    Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nanomorphology of Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells in 2D and 3D Correlated to Photovoltaic Performance2009In: Macromolecules, ISSN 0024-9297, E-ISSN 1520-5835, Vol. 42, no 13, p. 4646-4650Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Control of the nanoscale morphology of the donor-acceptor material blends inorganic solar Cells is critical for optimizing the photovoltaic performances. The influence of intrinsic (acceptor materials) and extrinsic (donor:acceptor weight ratio, substrate, solvent) parameters was investigated, by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electron tomography (ET), on the nanoscale phase separation of blends of a low-band-gap alternating polyfluorene copolymers (APFO-Green9) with [6,6]-phenyl-C-71-butyric acid methyl ester ([70]PCBM). The photovoltaic performances display an optimal efficiency for the device elaborated with a 1:3 APFO-Green polymer:[70][PCBM weight ratio and spin-coated from chloroform solution. The associated active layer morphology presents small phase-separated domains which is a good balance between as a large interfacial donor-acceptor area and Continuous paths of the donor and acceptor phases to the electrodes.

  • 11.
    Hou, Lintao
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wang, Ergang
    Chalmers.
    Bergqvist, Jonas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Andersson, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wang, Zhongqiang
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Müller, Christian
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Campoy-Quiles, Mariano
    Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Esfera UAB, Bellaterra, Spain.
    R Andersson, Mats
    Materials and Surface Chemistry/Polymer Technology, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Zhang, Fengling
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Lateral Phase Separation Gradients in Spin-Coated Thin Films of High-Performance Polymer: Fullerene Photovoltaic Blends2011In: Advanced Functional Materials, ISSN 1616-301X, E-ISSN 1616-3028, Vol. 21, no 16, p. 3169-3175Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, it is demonstrated that a finer nanostructure produced under a rapid rate of solvent removal significantly improves charge separation in a high-performance polymer: fullerene bulk-heterojunction blend. During spin-coating, variations in solvent evaporation rate give rise to lateral phase separation gradients with the degree of coarseness decreasing away from the center of rotation. As a result, across spin-coated thin films the photocurrent at the first interference maximum varies as much as 25%, which is much larger than any optical effect. This is investigated by combining information on the surface morphology of the active layer imaged by atomic force microscopy, the 3D nanostructure imaged by electron tomography, film formation during the spin coating process imaged by optical interference and photocurrent generation distribution in devices imaged by a scanning light pulse technique. The observation that the nanostructure of organic photovoltaic blends can strongly vary across spin-coated thin films will aid the design of solvent mixtures suitable for high molecular-weight polymers and of coating techniques amenable to large area processing.

  • 12.
    Li, Weiwei
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhou, Yi
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Andersson, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Andersson, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Thomann, Yi
    Freiburg Material Research Centre, Germany.
    Veit, Clemens
    Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany.
    Tvingstedt, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Qin, Ruiping
    Beijing Normal University, China.
    Bo, Zhishan
    Beijing Normal University, China.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wuerfel, Uli
    Freiburg Material Research Centre, Germany.
    Zhang, Fengling
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    The Effect of additive on performance and shelf-stability of HSX-1/PCBM photovoltaic devices2011In: Organic electronics, ISSN 1566-1199, E-ISSN 1878-5530, Vol. 12, no 9, p. 1544-1551Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) enhances performance of polymer solar cells based on polymer HXS-1 and fullerene [6,6]-phenyl C(71)-butyric acid methyl ester (PC(71)BM) from 3.6% to 5.4% is scrutinized with several techniques by comparing devices or blend films spin-coated from dichlorobenzene (DCB) to those from DCB/DIO (97.5:2.5 v/v). Morphology of blend films is examined with atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron tomography (3-D TEM), respectively. Charge generation and recombination is studied with photoluminescence, and charge transport with field effect transistors. The morphology with domain size in 10-20 nm and vertical elongated clusters formed in DIO system is supposed to facilitate charge transport and minimize charge carrier recombination, which are the main reasons for enhancing power conversion efficiency (PCE) from 3.6% (without DIO) to 5.4% (with DIO). Furthermore, a two year inspection shows no significant impact of DIO on the shelf-stability of the solar cells. No visible degradation in the second year indicates that the morphology of the active layers in the devices is relatively stable after initial relaxation in the first year.

  • 13.
    Tvingstedt, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Andersson, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zhang, Fengling
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Folded reflective tandem polymer solar cell doubles efficiency2007In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 91, no 12, p. 123514-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conjugated polymers are promising materials for the production of inexpensive and flexible photovoltaic cells. Organic materials display tunable optical absorption within a large spectral range. This enables the construction of organic tandem photovoltaic cells. The authors here demonstrate a reflective tandem cell where single cells are reflecting the nonabsorbed light upon another adjacent cell. By folding two planar but spectrally different cells toward each other, spectral broadening and light trapping are combined to give an enhancement of power conversion efficiency of a factor of 1.8±0.3.

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