Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Inverted structure polymer solar cells with solution processed zinc oxide thin film as an electron collection Layer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2012

Abstract

A solution-processed zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film as an electron collection layer for polymer solar cells (PSCs) with an inverted device structure was investigated. Power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of PSCs made with a blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) are 3.50% and 1.21% for PSCs with and without the ZnO thin film, respectively. Light intensity dependence of the photocurrent and the capacitance-voltage measurement demonstrate that the increased PCEs are due to the restriction of the strong bimolecular recombination in the interface when a thin ZnO layer is inserted between the polymer active layer and the ITO electrode. These results demonstrate that the ZnO thin film plays an important role in the performance of PSCs with an inverted device structure.

Publication Title

Science China Chemistry

Volume

55

Issue

5

First Page

755

Last Page

759