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  • 1.
    Bakulin, Artem A.
    et al.
    FOM Institute AMOLF, Netherlands; University of Cambridge, England.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bakker, Huib J.
    FOM Institute AMOLF, Netherlands.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Morphology, Temperature, and Field Dependence Separation in High-Efficiency Solar Cells Based on Polyquinoxaline Copolymer2016In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 120, no 8, p. 4219-4226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Charge separation and recombination are key processes determining the performance of organic optoelectronic devices. Here we combine photoluminescence and photovoltaic characterization of organic solar cell devices with ultrafast multipulse photocurrent spectroscopy to investigate charge generation mechanisms in the organic photovoltaic devices based on a blend of an alternating polyquinoxaline copolymer with fullerene. The combined use of these techniques enables the determination of the contributions of geminate and bimolecular processes to the solar cell performance. We observe that charge separation is not a temperature-activated process in the studied materials. At the same time, the generation of free charges shows a dear external field and morphology dependence. This indicates that the critical step of charge separation involves the nonequilibrium state that is formed at early times after photoexcitation, when the polaronic localization is not yet complete. This work reveals new aspects of molecular level charge dynamics in the organic light-conversion systems.

  • 2.
    Bao, Qinye
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Liu, Xianjie
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Kauffmann, Louis-Dominique
    GenesInk, France.
    Margeat, Olivier
    Aix Marseille University, France.
    Ackermann, Jorg
    Aix Marseille University, France.
    Fahlman, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Effects of ultraviolet soaking on surface electronic structures of solution processed ZnO nanoparticle films in polymer solar cells2014In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 2, no 41, p. 17676-17682Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We systematically show the effect of UV-light soaking on surface electronic structures and chemical states of solution processed ZnO nanoparticle (ZnONP) films in UHV, dry air and UV-ozone. UV exposure in UHV induces a slight decrease in work function and surface-desorption of chemisorbed oxygen, whereas UV exposure in the presence of oxygen causes an increase in work function due to oxygen atom vacancy filling in the ZnO matrix. We demonstrate that UV-light soaking in combination with vacuum or oxygen can tune the work function of the ZnONP films over a range exceeding 1 eV. Based on photovoltaic performance and diode measurements, we conclude that the oxygen atom vacancy filling occurs mainly at the surface of the ZnONP films and that the films consequently retain their n-type behavior despite a significant increase in the measured work function.

  • 3.
    Gao, Feng
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Himmelberger, Scott
    Stanford University, CA 94305 USA.
    Andersson, Mattias
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hanifi, David
    Stanford University, CA 94305 USA.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Shaoqing
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Jianpu
    Nanjing Technical University, Peoples R China; Nanjing Technical University, Peoples R China.
    Hou, Jianhui
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Salleo, Alberto
    Stanford University, CA 94305 USA.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    The Effect of Processing Additives on Energetic Disorder in Highly Efficient Organic Photovoltaics: A Case Study on PBDTTT-C-T:PC71BM2015In: Advanced Materials, ISSN 0935-9648, E-ISSN 1521-4095, Vol. 27, no 26, p. 3868-3873Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Energetic disorder, an important parameter affecting the performance of organic photovoltaics, is significantly decreased upon the addition of processing additives in a highly efficient benzodithiophene-based copolymer blend (PBDTTT-C-T:PC71BM). Wide-angle and small-angle X-ray scattering measurements suggest that the origin of this reduced energetic disorder is due to increased aggregation and a larger average fullerene domain size together with purer phases.

  • 4.
    George, Zandra
    et al.
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sharma, Anirudh
    University of S Australia, Australia.
    Lindqvist, Camilla
    Karlstad University, Sweden.
    Andersson, Gunther
    Flinders University of S Australia, Australia.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Moons, Ellen
    Karlstad University, Sweden.
    Muller, Christian
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Andersson, Mats R.
    Chalmers, Sweden; University of S Australia, Australia.
    Two-in-one: cathode modification and improved solar cell blend stability through addition of modified fullerenes2016In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 4, no 7, p. 2663-2669Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The synthesis of dual purpose modified fullerenes with pyridine-as well as amine-functional groups is reported. Addition of these fullerenes to a polymer : fullerene bulk-heterojunction blend based on a thiophene-quinoxaline donor polymer is found to modify the active layer/cathode interface of inverted solar cells (glass/ITO/active layer/MoO3/Al). In particular the open-circuit voltage of devices is increased from 0.1 V to about 0.7 V, which results in a drastic rise in photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency of up to 3%. At the same time, presence of the functionalised fullerene additives prevents the detrimental formation of micrometre-sized fullerene crystals upon annealing at 140 degrees C. As a result, the device performance is retained, which promises significantly increased thermal stability of the bulk-heterojunction blend nanostructure.

  • 5.
    Li, Yongxi
    et al.
    Soochow University, Peoples R China; Soochow University, Peoples R China; Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Liu, Xiaodong
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Wu, Fu-Peng
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Zhou, Yi
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Jiang, Zuo-Quan
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Song, Bo
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Zhang, Zhi-Guo
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Li, Yongfang
    Soochow University, Peoples R China; Soochow University, Peoples R China; Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Liao, Liang-Sheng
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Non-fullerene acceptor with low energy loss and high external quantum efficiency: towards high performance polymer solar cells2016In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 4, no 16, p. 5890-5897Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A non-fullerene electron acceptor bearing a fused 10-heterocyclic ring (indacenodithiophenoindacenodithiophene) with a narrow band gap (similar to 1.5 eV) was designed and synthesized. It possesses excellent planarity and enhanced effective conjugation length compared to previously reported fused-ring electron acceptors. When this acceptor was paired with PTB7-Th and applied in polymer solar cells, a power conversion efficiency of 6.5% was achieved with a high open circuit voltage of 0.94 V. More significantly, an energy loss as low as 0.59 eV and an external quantum efficiency as high as 63% were obtained simultaneously.

  • 6.
    Lin, Yuze
    et al.
    Peking University, Peoples R China; Capital Normal University, Peoples R China.
    Zhao, Fuwen
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Wu, Yang
    Xi An Jiao Tong University, Peoples R China.
    Chen, Kai
    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Li, Guangwu
    Beijing Normal University, Peoples R China.
    Prasad, Shyamal K. K.
    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
    Zhu, Jingshuai
    Capital Normal University, Peoples R China.
    Huo, Lijun
    Beihang University, Peoples R China.
    Bin, Haijun
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Zhi-Guo
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Guo, Xia
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Maojie
    Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Sun, Yanming
    Beihang University, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wei, Zhixiang
    National Centre Nanosci and Technology, Peoples R China.
    Ma, Wei
    Xi An Jiao Tong University, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Chunru
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China.
    Hodgkiss, Justin
    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
    Bo, Zhishan
    Beijing Normal University, Peoples R China.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Li, Yongfang
    Chinese Academic Science, Peoples R China; Soochow University, Peoples R China.
    Zhan, Xiaowei
    Peking University, Peoples R China.
    Mapping Polymer Donors toward High-Efficiency Fullerene Free Organic Solar Cells2017In: Advanced Materials, ISSN 0935-9648, E-ISSN 1521-4095, Vol. 29, no 3, article id UNSP 1604155Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Five polymer donors with distinct chemical structures and different electronic properties are surveyed in a planar and narrow-bandgap fused-ring electron acceptor (IDIC)-based organic solar cells, which exhibit power conversion efficiencies of up to 11%.

  • 7.
    Peng, Zuosheng
    et al.
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. S China University of Technology, Peoples R China.
    Xiong, Kang
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhanhao
    S China University of Technology, Peoples R China.
    Ian James, David
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Chen, Junwu
    S China University of Technology, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Ergang
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Hou, Lintao
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    A dual ternary system for highly efficient ITO-free inverted polymer solar cells2015In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 3, no 36, p. 18365-18371Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, it has been found that a very fine nanostructure can be realized by mixing 1-chloronaphthalene (CN) - a high-boiling solvent into a binary chlorobenzene (CB) : 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) solvent mixture to form a ternary solvent system. An improvement in energy level alignment is also obtained by doping ICBA into a binary PTB7 : PCBM[70] blend, whereby the ternary solute system provides a new pathway for charge transfer from PTB7 to the PCBM[ 70] : ICBA alloy. This is confirmed by imaging the surface morphology of the active layer using AFM and TEM, monitoring the transient film formation process and measuring the charge transfer states with Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy. An encouraging PCE of 7.65% is achieved from the dual ternary system, which is the highest value ever reported for an ITO-free inverted polymer solar cell with a PEDOT:PSS layer as the top semitransparent electrode - a system which is compatible with low-cost large-area roll-to-roll manufacturing.

  • 8.
    Peng, Zuosheng
    et al.
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Yangdong
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Xiong, Kang
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Cai, Chaosheng
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Xia, Lianpeng
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Hu, Zhanhao
    S China University of Technology, Peoples R China.
    Zhang, Kai
    S China University of Technology, Peoples R China.
    Huang, Fei
    S China University of Technology, Peoples R China.
    Hou, Lintao
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    One-step coating inverted polymer solar cells using a conjugated polymer as an electron extraction additive2015In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 3, no 41, p. 20500-20507Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report a facile technique of blending a conjugated polymer thieno[3,4-b]thiophene/benzodithiophene (PTB7):[6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM[70]) active materials with a conjugated interfacial modification polymer poly[(9,9-bis(3-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorene)-alt-2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)] (PFN) to simplify the coating process and improve the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cell (PSC) performance. The reason for and result of PFN self-organization via a spontaneous vertical delamination onto the ITO surface were investigated by charge transfer state, optical modelling based on transfer matrix formalism, surface energy measurement, scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy and impedance spectroscopy analysis in conjunction with atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The relaxed charge transfer state demonstrates that PFN doping has a negligible impact on the donor: acceptor heterojunction interface. The optical simulation of device structures indicates that doping PFN into a BHJ has nearly no influence on the photon absorption profile of the active layer. Very encouraging device performance was achieved in the one-step coating PFN: BHJ PSC with ITO as the cathode, which is comparable to that of the two-step coating PSC. Moreover, for ITO-free inverted PSCs with PEDOT:PSS as the incident light top-electrode, decent device performance can also be obtained, demonstrating the remarkable universality through this facile strategy.

  • 9.
    Tao, Qiang
    et al.
    Xiangtan University, Peoples R China; Chalmers, Sweden.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Xu, Xiaofeng
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Hedstrom, Svante
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Backe, Olof
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    James, David I.
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Persson, Petter
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Olsson, Eva
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hou, Lintao
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Zhu, Weiguo
    Xiangtan University, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Ergang
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    D-A(1)-D-A(2) Copolymers with Extended Donor Segments for Efficient Polymer Solar Cells2015In: Macromolecules, ISSN 0024-9297, E-ISSN 1520-5835, Vol. 48, no 4, p. 1009-1016Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Typically a donor-acceptor (D-A) design strategy is used for engineering the bandgap of polymers for solar cells. However, in this work, a series of alternating D-A(1-)D-A(2) copolymers PnTQTI(F) were synthesized and characterized with oligothiophenes (nT, n = 1, 2, 3) as the donor and two electron-deficient moieties, quinoxaline and isoindigo, as the acceptors in the repeating unit. We have studied the influence of the donor segments with different numbers of thiophene units and the effect of the addition of fluorine to the quinoxaline unit of the D-A(1)-D-A(2) polymers. The photophysical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties of the polymers were examined via a range of techniques and related to theoretical simulations. On increasing the length of the donor thiophene units, broader absorption spectra were observed in addition to a sequential increase in HOMO levels, while the LUMO levels displayed very small variations. The addition of fluorine to the quinoxaline unit not only decreased the HOMO levels of the resulting polymers but also enhanced the absorption coefficients. A superior photovoltaic performance was observed for the P3TQTI-F-based device with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.0%, which is the highest efficiency for alternating D-A(1)-D-A(2) polymers reported to date. The structureproperty correlations of the PnTQTI(F) polymers demonstrate that varying of the length of the donor segments is a valuable method for designing high-performance D-A(1)-D-A(2) copolymers and highlight the promising nature of D-A(1)-D-A(2) copolymers for efficient bulk-heterojunction solar cells.

  • 10.
    Wang, Chuan Fei
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Xu, Xiaofeng
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Zhang, Wei
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Bergqvist, Jonas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Meng, Xiangyi
    Xi An Jiao Tong University, Peoples R China.
    Bini, Kim
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Ma, Wei
    Xi An Jiao Tong University, Peoples R China.
    Yartsev, Arkady
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Vandewal, Koen
    Technical University of Dresden, Germany.
    Andersson, Mats R.
    University of South Australia, Australia.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fahlman, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wang, Ergang
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Low Band Gap Polymer Solar Cells With Minimal Voltage Losses2016In: ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS, ISSN 1614-6832, Vol. 6, no 18, article id 1600148Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One of the factors limiting the performance of organic solar cells (OSCs) is their large energy losses (E-loss) in the conversion from photons to electrons, typically believed to be around 0.6 eV and often higher than those of inorganic solar cells. In this work, a novel low band gap polymer PIDTT-TID with a optical gap of 1.49 eV is synthesized and used as the donor combined with PC 71 BM in solar cells. These solar cells attain a good power conversion efficiency of 6.7% with a high open-circuit voltage of 1.0 V, leading to the E-loss as low as 0.49 eV. A systematic study indicates that the driving force in this donor and acceptor system is sufficient for charge generation with the low E-loss. This work pushes the minimal E-loss of OSCs down to 0.49 eV, approaching the values of some inorganic and hybrid solar cells. It indicates the potential for further enhancement of the performance of OSCs by improving their V-oc since the E-loss can be minimized.

  • 11.
    Xia, Yuxin
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Polymer/polymer blends in organic photovoltaic and photodiode devices2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Organic photovoltaics devices (OPV) have attracted attentions of scientist for their potential as inexpensive, lightweight, flexible and suitable for roll-to-roll production. In recent years, considerable attention has been focused on new acceptor materials, either polymeric or small molecules, to replace the once dominating fullerene derivatives. The emergence of numerous new non-fullerene materials has driven power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 17%, attracting more and more interests of commercialization.

    Polymer acceptors with more morphology stability, more absorption and more desired energy levels has been intensively studied and show great potential for large area and low-cost production in the future. OPV at this moment is not yet competitive with inorganic solar cells in PCE but is more attractive in flexibility, low weight and semitransparency. In this thesis, some basic knowledges of OPV is introduced in the first few chapters, while the next chapters are focusing on polymer-polymer blends and investigating novel structures and techniques for large scale production of solar cells and photodetectors aiming at maximizing these advantages to compete with inorganic counterpart.

    Thermal annealing effects on polymer-polymer solar cells based is studied. Annealed devices show doubled power conversion efficiency compared to non-annealed devices. Based on the morphology—mobility examination, we conclude that the better charge transport is achieved by higher order and better interconnected networks of the bulk heterojunction in the annealed active layers. The annealing improves charge transport and extends the conjugation length of the polymers, which do help charge generation and meanwhile reduce recombination. The blend of an amorphous polymer and a semi-crystalline polymer can thus be modified by thermal annealing to double the power conversion efficiency.

    A novel concept of all-polymer organic photovoltaics device is demonstrated in this thesis where all the layers are made out of polymers. We use PEDOT:PSS as semitransparent anode and polyethyleneimine modified PEDOT:PSS as semitransparent cathode, both of which are slot-die printed on polyethylene terephthalate(PET). Active layers are deposited on cathode and anode surfaces by spin coating separately. These layers are then joined through a roll-to-roll compatible lamination process. This forms a semitransparent and flexible solar cell. By laminating a thin layer acceptor polymer to a thick polymer-polymer blend, we can further improve the performance by reducing traps comparing to laminating blend to blend.

    Flexible and semitransparent all-polymer photodiodes with different geometries can be fabricated through lamination. By choosing high band gap polymers and appropriate combination of two or more polymers, organic photodiode with low noise and high specific detectivity can be obtained. Comparison between bilayer and bulk heterojunction devices gives better understanding of the origin of noise and provides ways to improve the performance of photodiodes as detector.

    Noise level is a critical parameter for photodetectors. The difficulties of measuring the noise of photodetectors make some researchers prefer the estimated shot noise as the dominating one and ignore the thermal noise and 1/f noise. The latter two terms are sometimes several orders higher than the former, noting the importance of experimentally measuring noise.

    The use of semi-transparent photovoltaic devices causes an inevitable loss of photocurrent, as light transmitted has not been absorbed. This trivial effect also leads to a loss of photovoltage, an effect partially due to the lower photocurrent but also due to the geometry of the semitransparent photovoltaic device. We here demonstrate and evaluate this photovoltage loss in semi-transparent organic photovoltaic devices, compared with non-transparent solar cells of the same material. Semi-transparent solar cells in addition introduce photovoltage loss when formed by lamination. We document and analyze these effects for a number of polymer blends in the form of bulk heterojunctions.

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    1. Inverted all-polymer solar cells based on a quinoxaline-thiophene/naphthalene-diimide polymer blend improved by annealing
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    2016 (English)In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 4, no 10, p. 3835-3843Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We have investigated the effect of thermal annealing on the photovoltaic parameters of all-polymer solar cells based on a quinoxaline-thiophene donor polymer (TQ1) and a naphthalene diimide acceptor polymer (N2200). The annealed devices show a doubled power conversion efficiency compared to nonannealed devices, due to the higher short-circuit current (J(sc)) and fill factor (FF), but with a lower open circuit voltage (V-oc). On the basis of the morphology-mobility examination by several scanning force microscopy techniques, and by grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering, we conclude that better charge transport is achieved by higher order and better interconnected networks of the bulk heterojunction in the annealed active layers. The annealing improves charge transport and extends the conjugation length of the polymers, which do help in charge generation and meanwhile reduce recombination. Photoluminescence, electroluminescence, and light intensity dependence measurements reveal how this morphological change affects charge generation and recombination. As a result, the J(sc) and FF are significantly improved. However, the smaller band gap and the higher HOMO level of TQ1 upon annealing causes a lower V-oc. The blend of an amorphous polymer TQ1, and a semi-crystalline polymer N2200, can thus be modified by thermal annealing to double the power conversion efficiency.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, 2016
    National Category
    Biological Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127066 (URN)10.1039/c6ta00531d (DOI)000371967000030 ()
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Swedish Energy Agency; Swedish Research council, NSFC [21504006, 21534003]; Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation through a Wallenberg scholar grant; China Scholarship Council (CSC); graduate student short-term abroad research project of Jinan University; program for the Excellent Doctoral Dissertations of Guangdong Province [ybzzxm201114]; U.S. Department of Energy [DE-AC02-05CH11231]

    Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2019-01-04
    2. Semitransparent all-polymer solar cells through lamination
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Semitransparent all-polymer solar cells through lamination
    2018 (English)In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 6, no 42, p. 21186-21192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, we demonstrate all-polymer solar cells where all the layers are made from polymers. We use PEDOT:PSS as the semitransparent anode and polyethyleneimine modified PEDOT:PSS as the semitransparent cathode, both of which are slot-die printed on polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Active layers are deposited on the cathode and anode surfaces by spin coating separately. These layers are then joined through a roll-to-roll compatible lamination process. This results in a semitransparent and flexible solar cell. We have used two polymer-polymer systems and several combinations, and the highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) obtained is 2.3% with a mean transparency amp;gt;35% within the visible light range. By laminating a thin layer acceptor polymer to a thick polymer-polymer blend, we can improve the performance by reducing recombination, compared to laminating blend to blend, which is verified by the trap-limited charge transport, CELIV and electroluminescence.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, 2018
    National Category
    Polymer Chemistry
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153535 (URN)10.1039/c8ta07992g (DOI)000451600200066 ()
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Swedish Energy Agency; Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation (KAW); China Scholarship Council (CSC)

    Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-03-25
    3. Large-Area, Semitransparent, and Flexible All-Polymer Photodetectors
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    2018 (English)In: Advanced Functional Materials, ISSN 1616-301X, E-ISSN 1616-3028, Vol. 28, no 48, article id 1805570Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Photodetectors, converting optical signals from specific wavelengths to electrical signals, have many applications on photoimaging, optical communication, and environmental monitoring. Solution-processed organic photodetectors (OPDs) based on organic materials emerge promise especially for wearable electronics and smart buildings. In this work, new all-polymer photodetectors (all-PPDs) are developed based on bulk-heterojunction active layers which incorporate a donor polymer and an acceptor polymer. The inverted all-PPDs exhibit outstanding external quantum efficiency over 70%, low dark current density (J(d)) of 1.1 x 10(-8) A cm(-2), and high detectivity (D*) over 3.0 x 10(12) Jones with planar response over the entire visible range. It is one of the best-performing all-PPDs reported so far and is also comparable with many organic and inorganic photodetectors. By using lamination technique, large-area, semitransparent, flexible, and "fully" polymeric photodetectors are successfully fabricated for the first time, with D* over 10(11) Jones for double-side light detection. The results highlight the great potential for producing high-performance all-PPDs by taking advantages of various device architecture and solution-processing techniques.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH, 2018
    Keywords
    all-polymer photodetectors; conjugated polymers; flexible electronics; semitransparent electronics
    National Category
    Materials Chemistry
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153367 (URN)10.1002/adfm.201805570 (DOI)000451118800014 ()
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation through a Wallenberg Scholar grant; Ocean University of China; Ministry of Science and Technology [2016YFA0200700]; National Natural Science Foundation of China [21704082, 21875182, 21534003, 51320105014]; China Postdoctoral Science Foundation [2017M623162]; Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy [DE-AC02-05CH11231]; China Scholarship Council (CSC)

    Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2019-01-04
  • 12.
    Xia, Yuxin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Musumeci, Chiara
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bergqvist, Jonas
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Ma, Wei
    Xi An Jiao Tong University, Peoples R China.
    Gao, Feng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Tang, Zheng
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Bai, Sai
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Jin, Yizheng
    Zhejiang University, Peoples R China.
    Zhu, Chenhui
    University of Calif Berkeley, CA 94720 USA.
    Kroon, Renee
    Zhejiang University, Peoples R China.
    Wang, Cheng
    University of Calif Berkeley, CA 94720 USA.
    Andersson, Mats R.
    University of S Australia, Australia.
    Hou, Lintao
    Jinan University, Peoples R China.
    Inganäs, Olle
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Wang, Ergang
    Chalmers, Sweden.
    Inverted all-polymer solar cells based on a quinoxaline-thiophene/naphthalene-diimide polymer blend improved by annealing2016In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN 2050-7488, Vol. 4, no 10, p. 3835-3843Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have investigated the effect of thermal annealing on the photovoltaic parameters of all-polymer solar cells based on a quinoxaline-thiophene donor polymer (TQ1) and a naphthalene diimide acceptor polymer (N2200). The annealed devices show a doubled power conversion efficiency compared to nonannealed devices, due to the higher short-circuit current (J(sc)) and fill factor (FF), but with a lower open circuit voltage (V-oc). On the basis of the morphology-mobility examination by several scanning force microscopy techniques, and by grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering, we conclude that better charge transport is achieved by higher order and better interconnected networks of the bulk heterojunction in the annealed active layers. The annealing improves charge transport and extends the conjugation length of the polymers, which do help in charge generation and meanwhile reduce recombination. Photoluminescence, electroluminescence, and light intensity dependence measurements reveal how this morphological change affects charge generation and recombination. As a result, the J(sc) and FF are significantly improved. However, the smaller band gap and the higher HOMO level of TQ1 upon annealing causes a lower V-oc. The blend of an amorphous polymer TQ1, and a semi-crystalline polymer N2200, can thus be modified by thermal annealing to double the power conversion efficiency.

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