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Improving the layer morphology of solution-processed perylene diimide organic solar cells with the use of a polymeric interlayer

Ranbir Singh
  • Centre for Nanoscience and Technology@PoliMi, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Giovanni Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano, Italy
/ Marta M. Mróz
  • Instituto Madrileno de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia (IMDEA-Nanociencia), c/Faraday 9, Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid, Spain
/ Fabio Di Fonzo
  • Centre for Nanoscience and Technology@PoliMi, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Giovanni Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano, Italy
/ Juan Cabanillas-Gonzalez
  • Instituto Madrileno de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia (IMDEA-Nanociencia), c/Faraday 9, Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid, Spain
/ Enrico Marchi
  • Department of Chemistry ”G. Ciamician” University of Bologna, Via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy
/ Giacomo Bergamini
  • Centre for Nanoscience and Technology@PoliMi, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Giovanni Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano, Italy
  • Department of Chemistry ”G. Ciamician” University of Bologna, Via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy
/ Klaus Müllen
  • Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, D-55128, Mainz, Germany
/ Josemon Jacob
  • Centre for Polymer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016, India
/ Panagiotis E. Keivanidis
  • Centre for Nanoscience and Technology@PoliMi, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Giovanni Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Published Online: 2013-10-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/oph-2013-0003

Abstract

Herein we demonstrate a method to improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE) parameter of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices based on the electron acceptor N,N’-bis(1- ethylpropyl)-perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide (PDI) blended with the electron donor poly(indenofluorene)-aryloctyl (PIF-Aryl). The device parameters of the short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage and fill factor are found increased after the insertion of a thin poly [9, 9-dioctylfluorene-co-N- [4-(3-methylpropyl)]-diphenylamine] (TFB) photoactive interlayer between the hole-collecting electrode and the photoactive layer of the device. Unlike to most of the cases where interlayers serve as charge extractors, in our system the polymeric interlayer serves as a morphology modifying agent that drives the PDI component to segregate better at the interface with the device cathode; that is at the carrier-collecting electrode interface, which is not in physical contact with the interlayer. The processes of energy/charge transfer of the TFB excitons to/with the PIF-Aryl:PDI top-layer are also addressed. Charge transfer reactions dominate at the TFB/PIF-Aryl:PDI interface but no significant contribution in the photocurrent generation is seen in the photoaction spectra of the bilayer device.

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Received: 2013-06-15

Accepted: 2013-07-17

Published Online: 2013-10-07



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