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Efficiency enhancement of P3HT:PCBM solar cells containing scattering Zn-Al hydrotalcite nanoparticles in the PEDOT:PSS layer

Margherita Bolognesi / Marta Tessarolo
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati (CNR-ISMN),Via P. Gobetti, 101 - Bologna I-40129, Italy
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/ Tamara Posati / Morena Nocchetti
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/ Valentina Benfenati
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/ Mirko Seri
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/ Giampiero Ruani
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/ Michele Muccini
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Published Online: 2013-06-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/oph-2013-0001

Abstract

In this article we report on a new hybrid (organic-inorganic) composite material based on hydrophilic, electrically inert and semi-transparent hydrotalcite (HT) nanoparticles and a pHneutral formulation of PEDOT:PSS. The application of this composite material as electrically and optically active buffer layer in P3HT:PC61BM bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is reported. Two different synthetic routes are explored to obtain HTs having discoid shape, with a diameter of around 150- 200 nm and a thickness of ~20 nm, to be easily embedded in ~50 nm thick PEDOT:PSS films. The good affinity between HTs and the sulfonate groups of the PEDOT:PSS allows to obtain homogeneous HTs/PEDOT:PSS films, for HT concentrations of 0.25% and 0.50% by weight (vs. PEDOT:PSS). At these particle loads the electrical and morphological features of doped and undoped PEDOT:PSS films are nearly identical, while providing a significant effect on the visible light scattering properties of the composite films. We demonstrate ~12% improvement in power conversion efficiency (PCE) for P3HT:PC61BM solar cells incorporating HTs in the PEDOT: PSS layer, which mainly originates from increased shortcircuit current densities (JSC).

Keywords: composite film; hydrotalcite; light scattering; bulkheterojunction OPV; PEDOT:PSS

PACS: 78.66.Sq; 82.70.Uv; 78.35.+c; 81.07.Pr; 88.40.jr

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Received: 2013-02-20

Accepted: 2013-04-24

Published Online: 2013-06-03


Citation Information: Organic Photonics and Photovoltaics, ISSN (Online) 2299-3177, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/oph-2013-0001.

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