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Issue 36, 2010

4-Hydroxy-8-methyl-1,5-naphthyridine aluminium chelate: a morphologically stable and efficient exciton-blocking material for organic photovoltaics with prolonged lifetime

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Abstract

A stable exciton-blocking layer (EBL) with rigid ball-like 4-hydroxy-8-methyl-1,5-naphthyridine aluminium chelate (AlmND3) has been newly developed for organic photovoltaics (OPVs) based on a double-heterostructure of pentacene/C60/EBL. Unlike the common EBL materials, such as tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminium (Alq3) and bathocuproine (BCP), AlmND3 exhibits a relatively high electron mobility (∼10−4 cm2 V−1 s−1 at the electric field of 6.4 × 105 V cm−1) and a wide band gap energy (∼3.3 eV) in addition to a high glass transition temperature (Tg ∼ 194 °C). Having such EBL between active region (pentacene/C60) and the metal cathode, pristine device performances were comparable with those of BCP-based OPV due to its high mobility and wide band gap energy. Moreover, due to its significantly higher Tg than that of BCP, an extended lifetime performance was observed for AlmND3-based OPV, compared with the BCP-based OPV aged at the elevated temperature of 75 °C.

Graphical abstract: 4-Hydroxy-8-methyl-1,5-naphthyridine aluminium chelate: a morphologically stable and efficient exciton-blocking material for organic photovoltaics with prolonged lifetime

Article information


Submitted
15 Apr 2010
Accepted
23 Jun 2010
First published
05 Aug 2010

J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 7800-7806
Article type
Paper

4-Hydroxy-8-methyl-1,5-naphthyridine aluminium chelate: a morphologically stable and efficient exciton-blocking material for organic photovoltaics with prolonged lifetime

S. Liu, C. Lee, C. Lin, J. Huang, C. Chen and J. Lee, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 7800 DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01049A

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