Journal article

Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with Reduced Interface Recombination

Song Chen, Cephas E Small, Chad M Amb, Jegadesan Subbiah, Tzung-han Lai, Sai-Wing Tsang, Jesse R Manders, John R Reynolds, Franky So

Advanced Energy Materials | WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH | Published : 2012

Abstract

Conjugated polymer solar cells are attractive as a source of renewable energy due to their compatibility with low cost rollto- roll printing processes. [ 1 ] The most effi cient of these polymer cells utilize a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) morphology, most often fabricated by blending a light-absorbing, electron-donating, and hole-transporting polymer with an electron-accepting fullerene derivative to form an active layer, which separates and transports charge carriers to the electrodes. While conventional BHJ cells are fabricated with a top cathode which requires a low work function metal for effi cient electron extraction, [ 2-5 ] this device architecture is not viable for large area processi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the support of Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences (Award Number: DE-FG0207ER46464) for the synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanoparticles, the Office of Naval Research (Award number: N00014-11-1-0245) for the fabrication and characterization of the solar cells, and the Air Office of Scientific Research (Award number: FA9550-09-1-0320) for the synthesis of the polymers. We also acknowledge Dr. Kerry Siebein from the Major Analytical Instrumentation Center (MAIC) at the University of Florida for the transmission electron microscopy characterization.