Effect of band tail states on the performance of organic solar cells

Fu He, Lijia Chen, Fu Rong ZHU, Junhua Huang, Ting Zhang, Guoxi Niu, Jing Pan, Zuhong Xiong, Qunliang Song*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Organic solar cells (OSCs) without proper encapsulation undergo a continuous degradation when exposed to air. However an interim improvement in the performance of freshly made OSCs is often observed after they are subjected to a short exposure to air. The mechanism of such an interim performance improvement has not been fully understood yet. In this study, it is found that the band tail states in the photo active layer, formed due to the air exposure, correlated closely with the initial enhancement in the performance of OSCs. The results reveal that the longer lifetime and larger charge separation distance, caused by the presence of the band tail states, are beneficial for the charge separation and collection in OSCs. The free carriers generated from charge-exciton interaction also contribute to the increase in photocurrent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20567-20572
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2013

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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