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P3HT:PCBM polymer solar cells with TiO2nanotube aggregates in the active layer

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Abstract

P3HT:PCBM polymer solar cells with a very small amount of TiO2 nanotube aggregates (0.002 mol per 100 mL) in the active layer have been fabricated. Although in dye-sensitized solar cells nanotube aggregates have been shown to increase light absorption of devices, it was found that TiO2 nanotube aggregates reduced the absorbance of the active layer in our case. However, its positive role on the charge collection and transportation maintained the EQE the same as a conventional P3HT:PCBM device and improved the electron mobility from 5.71 × 10−5 cm2 V−1 s−1 to 7.22 × 10−5 cm2 V−1 s−1. The final devices showed a 15% increase in power conversion efficiency compared to conventional P3HT:PCBM devices. The effects of TiO2 nanotube aggregates on the morphology of the active layer were studied by AFM.

Graphical abstract: P3HT:PCBM polymer solar cells with TiO2 nanotube aggregates in the active layer

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Submitted
20 Oct 2009
Accepted
05 Jan 2010
First published
22 Jan 2010

J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 2612-2616
Article type
Paper

P3HT:PCBM polymer solar cells with TiO2 nanotube aggregates in the active layer

P. Yang, X. Zhou, G. Cao and C. K. Luscombe, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 2612
DOI: 10.1039/B921758D

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