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2016-03. Solution-Processed p-Dopant as Interlayer in Polymer Solar Cells

2016-03. Solution-Processed p-Dopant as Interlayer in Polymer Solar Cells

We report here an original approach to dope the semiconducting polymer–metal interface in an inverted bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cell. Solution-processed 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ), is deposited on top of a P3HT:PC61BM layer before deposition of the top electrode. Doping of P3HT by F4-TCNQ occurs after thermally induced diffusion at 100 °C of the latter into the BHJ. Diffusion and doping are evidenced by XPS and UV–vis–NIR absorption. XPS highlights the decrease in Fluorine concentration on top of the BHJ after annealing. In the same time, a charge transfer band attributed to doping is observed in the UV?vis?NIR absorption spectrum. Inverted polymer solar cells using solution-processed F4-TCNQ exhibit power conversion efficiency of nearly 3.5% after annealing. This simple and efficient approach, together with the low annealing temperature required to allow diffusion and doping, leads to standard efficiency P3HT:PC61BM polymer solar cells, which are suitable for printing on plastic flexible substrate.

GUILLAIN F; ENDRES J; BOURGEOIS L; KAHN A; VIGNAU L; and WANTZ G.

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8 (14), pp 9262–9267

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