An insight on oxide interlayer in organic solar cells: From light absorption and charge collection perspectives

Zhenghui Wu, Bo Wu, Hoi Lam TAM, Fu Rong ZHU*

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A comprehensive study of the effect of oxide interlayer on the performance of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells (OSCs), based on poly[[4,8-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy] benzo [1,2-b:4,5-b'] dithiophene-2,6- diyl] [3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl)carbonyl] thieno [3,4-b] thiophenediyl]] (PTB7): [6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM) blend system, is carried out by optical simulation, interfacial exciton dissociation and charge collection analyses. It is found that a PTB7:PC70BM blend layer thickness optimized for maximum light absorption in OSCs does not generally give rise to the highest power conversion efficiency (PCE). OSCs, e.g., based on PTB7:PC70BM blend system, can benefit from the oxide interlayer in two ways, (1) to enhance the built-in potential for reducing recombination loss of the photo-generated charges, and (2) to improve charge collection by removal of unfavorable interfacial exciton dissociation. The combined effects result in ∼20% improvement in PCE over an optimized control cell, having an identical layer configuration without an oxide interlayer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-272
Number of pages7
JournalOrganic Electronics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • Absorption enhancement
  • Charge collection efficiency
  • Interfacial exciton dissociation
  • Oxide/organic hetero-interface
  • Transient photocurrent


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