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A Comparative Study on the Optimization of a Ternary P3HT:PCBM:Pentacene Active Layer in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

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Author(s):
dos Santos, Gerson [1] ; Cavallari, Marco Roberto [1] ; Fonseca, Fernando Josepetti [1]
Total Authors: 3
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Politecn, Dept Engn Sistemas Eletron, Lab Microeletron, BR-05508900 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME; v. 137, n. 4 AUG 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 1
Abstract

This work shows a comparative and processing optimization study of the recent ternary bulk heterojunction (BHJ) of P3HT: PCBM: pentacene (1:0.9:0.1 wt. ratio) against the well-known active layer of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) blended to phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) (1: 1 wt. ratio). Initially, monochlorobenzene (MCB) was compared and later replaced by dichlorobenzene (DCB) as active layer solvent. The following optimization step related to thermal annealing effects on solar cell power conversion efficiency (PCE) and fill-factor (FF). Ternary junction slow drying at room temperature without a postproduction thermal treatment proved to be the most suitable to improve BHJ morphology at nanoscale. Finally, ternary composite mass concentration ranged from 20 to 60 mg/ml in DCB to achieve an efficiency near 3% at 40 mg/ml. An observed improvement of at least 15% in photovoltaic efficiency and a practically constant open-circuit voltage (i.e., just 1.2% variation) compared to the already-established P3HT: PCBM blend corroborates the role of pentacene in the active layer to balance mobility from both charge carrier types. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/57706-4 - National Institute of Science and Technology on Organic Electronics (INEO)
Grantee:Roberto Mendonça Faria
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 09/05589-7 - Study and develoment of organic LEDs, solar cells, thin-film transistors and sensors based on semiconductor polymers
Grantee:Adnei Melges de Andrade
Support type: Regular Research Grants