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A combination of Al-doped ZnO and a conjugated polyelectrolyte interlayer for small molecule solution-processed solar cells with an inverted structure

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Abstract

We successfully demonstrate a smart strategy to use aluminum doped ZnO (AZO) and the thiophene-based conjugated polyelectrolyte P3TMAHT as an interfacial layer in small molecule solution-processed inverted solar cells. Modification of AZO with a thin P3TMAHT layer increases the photovoltaic properties of the inverted cell as a result of reduction in the work function of the cathode with well aligned frontier orbital energy levels for efficient charge transport and reduced surface recombination. The inverted device achieved ∼16% performance improvement dominantly by recapturing part of the Voc losses when going from conventional to the inverted architecture. In addition, the inverted device using the AZO/P3TMAHT interlayer shows improved device stability in air compared to conventional devices.

Graphical abstract: A combination of Al-doped ZnO and a conjugated polyelectrolyte interlayer for small molecule solution-processed solar cells with an inverted structure

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Submitted
04 Jun 2013
Accepted
19 Jul 2013
First published
22 Jul 2013

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 11306-11311
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A combination of Al-doped ZnO and a conjugated polyelectrolyte interlayer for small molecule solution-processed solar cells with an inverted structure

J. Min, H. Zhang, T. Stubhan, Y. N. Luponosov, M. Kraft, S. A. Ponomarenko, T. Ameri, U. Scherf and C. J. Brabec, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 11306
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA12162C

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