PMSE Alshakim Nelson, Matthew Becker, Sergio Granados-Focil, Christopher Stafford  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 

149 - Water/alcohol soluble neutral fullerene derivative to reengineer the surface of the electron extraction layer for high efficiency inverted polymer solar cells

Chao Yi1,, Kan Yue1, He Ren1, Wen-Bin Zhang1, Lin Huang2, Xiaocun Lu1, George R. Newkome1, Stephen Z.D. Cheng1, Xiong Gong1. (1) College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325, United States, (2) Brucker Nano Surface Division, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, United States

Dipole induced vacuum level shift has been demonstrated to be responsible for the enhanced efficiency in polymer solar cells (PSCs), as the modified energy level alignment could reduce the energy barrier and facilitate charge transport, hence result in enhanced efficiency of PSCs. Herein, we report a new mechanism towards enhanced efficiency by using a water/alcohol-soluble neutral fullerene derivative to reengineer the surface of zinc oxide (ZnO) electron extraction layer (EEL) in PSCs with an inverted device structure. Due to neutral property of fullerene derivatives, a negligible change in open circuit voltage is observed from the inverted PSCs with neutral fullerene derivative layer. The neutral fullerene derivative layer greatly increased the surface electrical conductivity of ZnO EEL, suppressed the surface charge recombination, and increased the short circuit current and fill factor, resulting in more than 30% enhanced efficiency from the inverted PSCs. These results demonstrated that the surface electrical conductivity of EEL plays an important role in high performance inverted PSCs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 08:50 AM
Conjugated Polymers for Optoelectronics, Electronics and Biosensors (08:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas
Room: Cumberland B


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