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Control of charge generation and recombination in ternary polymer/polymer:fullerene photovoltaic blends using amorphous and semi-crystalline copolymers as donors

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Abstract

Charge generation and recombination processes occurring in ternary photoactive copolymer:copolymer:fullerene blends consisting of different mixing ratios between entirely amorphous and semi-crystalline PPE-PPV copolymers are investigated by transient absorption pump–probe and pump–push photocurrent spectroscopy. The experiments reveal that an excess of semi-crystalline polymer facilitates exciton dissociation into free charge carriers, slows down geminate recombination, and suppresses non-geminate recombination leading to increased short-circuit currents and high fill factors. In contrast, blends utilizing solely the amorphous polymer for their donor phase suffer from a large fraction of sub-nanosecond geminate recombination of interfacially bound charge-transfer states and also from fast non-geminate recombination of free charges, resulting in a significantly reduced photovoltaic performance. However, small fractions of the amorphous polymer blended into the semi-crystalline polymer increase the open-circuit voltage and the fill factor, while keeping the charge generation and recombination parameters largely unaltered in turn leading to an optimized device performance for the ternary PPE-PPV copolymer:copolymer:fullerene blends.

Graphical abstract: Control of charge generation and recombination in ternary polymer/polymer:fullerene photovoltaic blends using amorphous and semi-crystalline copolymers as donors

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The article was received on 01 May 2014, accepted on 16 Jun 2014 and first published on 17 Jun 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4CP01883D
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 20329-20337
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    Control of charge generation and recombination in ternary polymer/polymer:fullerene photovoltaic blends using amorphous and semi-crystalline copolymers as donors

    H. Mangold, A. A. Bakulin, I. A. Howard, C. Kästner, D. A. M. Egbe, H. Hoppe and F. Laquai, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 20329
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CP01883D

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