Improved reliability of small molecule organic solar cells by double anode buffer layers

Pao Hsun Huang, Chien Jung Huang, Kan Lin Chen, Jhong Ciao Ke, Yeong Her Wang, Chih Chieh Kang

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An optimized hybrid planar heterojunction (PHJ) of small molecule organic solar cells (SM-OSCs) based on copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) as donor and fullerene (C as acceptor was fabricated, which obviously enhanced the performance of device by sequentially using both MoOand pentacene as double anode buffer layers (ABL), also known as hole extraction layer (HEL). A series of the vacuum-deposited ABL, acting as an electron and exciton blocking layer, were examined for their characteristics in SM-OSCs. The performance and reliability were compared between conventional ITO/ABL/CuPc/CBCP/Ag cells and the new ITO/double ABL/CuPc/CBCP/Ag cells. The effect on the electrical properties of these materials was also investigated to obtain the optimal thickness of ABL. The comparison shows that the modified cell has an enhanced reliability compared to traditional cells. The improvement of lifetime was attributed to the idea of double layers to prevent humidity and oxygen from diffusing into the active layer. We demonstrated that the interfacial extraction layers are necessary to avoid degradation of device. That is to say, in normal temperature and pressure, a new avenue for the device within double buffer layers has exhibited the highest values of open circuit voltage (V, fill factor (FF), and lifetime in this work compared to monolayer of ABL.

Original languageEnglish
Article number741761
JournalJournal of Nanomaterials
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)

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