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organic photovoltaic

M Välimäki, E Jansson, P Korhonen, A Peltoniemi, S Rousu
Freedom of design that was introduced as organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules were fabricated by printing. As proof-of-concept, we show OPV leaf fabrication in A5 size using gravure and rotary screen printing processes for the main active layers of the OPV structure. These printing methods allow direct printing of any kind of arbitrary, two-dimensional shapes including patterning of the electric contacts thus post-patterning stages are not needed. Fabrication of custom-shaped OPV modules requires detailed information about the technical boundaries set by the manufacturing process and materials which in turn influence the layout design and R2R upscaling...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Joseph L Garrett, Elizabeth M Tennyson, Miao Hu, Jinsong Huang, Jeremy N Munday, Marina S Leite
Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites based on methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) are an emerging material with great potential for high-performance and low-cost photovoltaics. However, for perovskites to become a competitive and reliable solar cell technology, their instability and spatial variation must be understood and controlled. While the macroscopic characterization of the devices as a function of time is very informative, a nanoscale identification of their real-time local optoelectronic response is still missing...
February 22, 2017: Nano Letters
Fuzhi Huang, Alexander R Pascoe, Wu-Qiang Wu, Zhiliang Ku, Yong Peng, Jie Zhong, Rachel A Caruso, Yi-Bing Cheng
The efficiencies of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have been rapidly approaching the benchmarks held by the leading thin-film photovoltaic technologies. Arguably, one of the most important factors leading to this rapid advancement is the ability to manipulate the microstructure of the perovskite layer and the adjacent functional layers within the device. Here, an analysis of the nucleation and growth models relevant to the formation of perovskite films is provided, along with the effect of the perovskite microstructure (grain sizes and voids) on device performance...
February 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
K Galkowski, A A Mitioglu, A Surrente, Z Yang, D K Maude, P Kossacki, G E Eperon, J T-W Wang, H J Snaith, P Plochocka, R J Nicholas
The family of organic-inorganic tri-halide perovskites including MA (MethylAmmonium)PbI3, MAPbI3-xClx, FA (FormAmidinium)PbI3 and FAPbBr3 are having a tremendous impact on the field of photovoltaic cells due to the combination of their ease of deposition and high energy conversion efficiencies. Device performance, however, is known to be still significantly affected by the presence of inhomogeneities. Here we report on a study of temperature dependent micro-photoluminescence which shows a strong spatial inhomogeneity related to the presence of microcrystalline grains, which can be both bright and dark...
February 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Xu Lin, Mika Suzuki, Marina Gushiken, Mitsuaki Yamauchi, Takashi Karatsu, Takahiro Kizaki, Yuki Tani, Ken-Ichi Nakayama, Mitsuharu Suzuki, Hiroko Yamada, Takashi Kajitani, Takanori Fukushima, Yoshihiro Kikkawa, Shiki Yagai
The design of molecular systems with high-fidelity self-assembly pathways that include several levels of hierarchy is of primary importance for the understanding of structure-function relationships, as well as for controlling the functionality of organic materials. Reported herein is a high-fidelity self-assembly system that comprises two hydrogen-bonding molecular semiconductors with regioisomerically attached short alkyl chains. Despite the availability of both discrete cyclic and polymeric linear hydrogen-bonding motifs, the two regioisomers select one of the two motifs in homogeneous solution as well as at the 2D-confined liquid-solid interface...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tao Zhang, Deng-Ke Wang, Nan Jiang, Zheng-Hong Lu
Tandem device is an important architecture in fabricating high performance organic light-emitting diodes and organic photovoltaic cells. The key element in making a high performance tandem device is the connecting materials stack, which plays an important role in electric field distribution, charge generation and charge injection. For a tandem organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a simple Liq/Al/MoO3 stack, we discovered that there is a significant current lateral spreading causing light emission over an extremely large area outside the OLED pixel when the Al thickness exceeds 2 nm...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xiaofang Cheng, Liqiang Huang, Lifu Zhang, Qingyun Ai, Lie Chen, Yiwang Chen
Self-assembled small-molecules (SASMs) are of effective materials to improve the interfacial issues between the metal/metal oxide and the overlying organic layer. In this work, surface modification of indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode through a series of Cl-contained SASMs has been exploited to control the surface properties of ITO and device performance in organic photovoltaics. Depending on the position and degrees of chlorination for SASMs, we could precisely manipulate the work function of the ITO electrode, and chemisorption of SASMs on ITO as well...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yanjun Fang, Haotong Wei, Qingfeng Dong, Jinsong Huang
Photon recycling, that is, iterative self-absorption and re-emission by the photoactive layer itself, has been speculated to contribute to the high open-circuit voltage in several types of high efficiency solar cells. For organic-inorganic halide perovskites that have yielded highly efficient photovoltaic devices, however, it remains unclear whether the photon recycling effect is significant enough to improve solar cell efficiency. Here we quantitatively evaluate the re-absorption and re-emission processes to determine photon recycling efficiency in hybrid perovskite with its single crystals by measuring the ratio of the re-emitted photons to the initially excited photons, which is realized by modulating their polarization to differentiate them...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
Longzhen You, Bin Liu, Tao Liu, Bingbing Fan, Yunhao Cai, Lin Guo, Yanming Sun
Tungsten oxide as an alternative to conventional acidic PEDOT:PSS has attracted much attention in organic solar cells (OSCs). However, the vacuum-processed WO3 layer and high temperature sol-gel hydrolyzed WOX are incompatible with large-scale manufacturing of OSCs. Here, we report for the first time that a specific tungsten oxide WO2.72 (W18O49) nanowire can function well as the anode buffer layer. The nw-WO2.72 film exhibits a high optical transparency. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of OSCs based on three typical polymer active layers PTB7:PC71BM, PTB7-Th:PC71BM, and PDBT-T1:PC71BM with nw-WO2...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Conerd K Frederickson, Bradley D Rose, Michael M Haley
Highly conjugated hydrocarbons have attracted interest for use as active materials in electronic devices such as organic field effect transistors (OFET) and organic photovoltaics (OPV). In this Account, we review our progress in synthesizing and studying a new class of small molecules for potential use as organic semiconductors. The idea originated from prior research on octadehydrodibenz[12]annulene, as the system can undergo double transannular cyclization to yield the indeno[1,2-b]fluorene skeleton. Subsequent functionalization afforded the first stable, well-characterized indeno[1,2-b]fluorene derivatives, albeit in minute quantities (tens of milligrams)...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
Ze Yu, Xiaoqing Jiang, Jianbo Lai, Yuchen Zhang, Maowei Hu, Ning Lei, Dongping Wang, Xichuan Yang, Licheng Sun
In high-performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs), hole-transporting materials (HTMs) play important roles in extracting and transporting the photo-generated holes from the perovskite absrorber to the cathode, thus reducing unwanted recombination losses and enhancing the photovoltaic performance. Herein, solution-processable tetra-4-(bis(4-tert-butyl)phenyl)amino)phenoxy-substituted copper phthalocyanine (CuPc-OTPAtBu) has been synthesized and explored as a HTM in PSCs. The optical, electrochemical and thermal properties are fully characterized for this organic metal complex...
February 15, 2017: ChemSusChem
Christos L Chochos, Sofia Drakopoulou, Athanasios Katsouras, Benedetta M Squeo, Christian Sprau, Alexander Colsmann, Vasilis G Gregoriou, Alex-Palma Cando, Sybille Allard, Ullrich Scherf, Nicola Gasparini, Negar Kazerouni, Tayebeh Ameri, Christoph J Brabec, Apostolos Avgeropoulos
Low-bandgap near-infrared polymers are usually synthesized using the common donor-acceptor (D-A) approach. However, recently polymer chemists are introducing more complex chemical concepts for better fine tuning of their optoelectronic properties. Usually these studies are limited to one or two polymer examples in each case study so far, though. In this study, the dependence of optoelectronic and macroscopic (device performance) properties in a series of six new D-A1 -D-A2 low bandgap semiconducting polymers is reported for the first time...
February 13, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Tsung Yu Hsieh, Chi Kai Huang, Tzu-Sen Su, Cheng-You Hong, Tzu-Chien Wei
Crystal morphology and structure are important for improving the organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite semiconductor property in optoelectronic, electronic and photovoltaic devices. In particular, crystal growth and dissolution are two major phenomena in determining the morphology of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite in the sequential deposition method for fabricating a perovskite solar cell. In this report, the effect of immersion time in the seconds step, i.e. methlyammonium iodide immersion in the morphological, structural, optical and photovoltaic evolution, is extensively investigated...
February 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yu Yan, Xuan Liu, Tao Wang
The photoactive layer of bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells, in a thickness range of tens to hundreds of nanometers, comprises phase-separated electron donors and acceptors after solution casting. The component distribution in the cross-section of these thin films is found to be heterogeneous, with electron donors or acceptors accumulated or depleted near the electrode interfaces. This vertical stratification of the photovoltaic blend influences device metrics through its impact on charge transport and recombination, and consequently plays an important role in determining the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic devices...
February 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
Andreas Opitz
Planar organic heterojunctions are widely used in photovoltaic cells, light-emitting diodes, and bilayer field-effect transistors. The energy level alignment in the devices plays an important role in obtaining the aspired gap arrangement. Additionally, the π-orbital overlap between the involved molecules defines e.g. the charge-separation efficiency in solar cells due to charge-transfer effects. To account for both aspects, direct/inverse photoemission spectroscopy and near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy were used to determine the energy level landscape and the molecular orientation at prototypical planar organic heterojunctions...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Minghua Li, Xiaoqin Yan, Zhuo Kang, Xinqin Liao, Yong Li, Xin Zheng, Pei Lin, Jingjing Meng, Yue Zhang
The low-cost inorganic-organic lead halide perovskite materials become particularly promising for solar cells with high photovoltaic conversion efficiency. The uniform and pinhole-free perovskite films play an important role for high-performance solar cells. We demonstrate an antisolvent treatment by controlling the PbI2 morphology to enhance the perovskite conversion and photophysical properties, including high absorption, crystallinity, and rapid carrier transfer. The fabricated perovskite solar cells show tremendous PCE improvement to about 16...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xiang Fang, Jianning Ding, Ningyi Yuan, Peng Sun, Minghang Lv, Guqiao Ding, Chong Zhu
Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have emerged as attractive materials for use in photovoltaic cells. Owing to the existence of dangling bonds at the grain boundaries between perovskite crystals, minimizing the charge recombination at the surface or grain boundaries by passivating these trap states has been identified to be one of the most important strategies for further optimization of device performance. Previous reports have mainly focused on surface passivation by inserting special materials such as graphene or fullerene between the electron transfer layer and the perovskite film...
February 13, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Taketo Handa, David M Tex, Ai Shimazaki, Atsushi Wakamiya, Yoshihiko Kanemitsu
Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells are attracting much attention due to their excellent photovoltaic properties. In these multi-layered structures, the device performance is determined by complicated carrier dynamics. Here, we studied photocarrier recombination and injection dynamics in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells using time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) and photocurrent (PC) measurements. It is found that a peculiar slowdown in the PL decay time constants of the perovskite layer occurs for higher excitation powers, followed by a decrease of the external quantum efficiency for PC...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Jeong Won Kim, Hwan-Jin Jeon, Chang-Lyoul Lee, Chi Won Ahn
Well-aligned, high-resolution (10 nm), three-dimensional (3D) hybrid nanostructures consisting of patterned cylinders and Au islands were fabricated on ITO substrates using an ion bombardment process and a tilted deposition process. The fabricated 3D hybrid nanostructure-embedded ITO maintained its excellent electrical and optical properties after applying a surface-structuring process. The solution processable organic photovoltaic device (SP-OPV) employing a 3D hybrid nanostructure-embedded ITO as the anode displayed a 10% enhancement in the photovoltaic performance compared to the photovoltaic device prepared using a flat ITO electrode, due to the improved charge collection (extraction and transport) efficiency as well as light absorbance by the photo-active layer...
February 9, 2017: Nanoscale
Mohammed Makha, Paolo Testa, Surendra Babu Anantharaman, Jakob Heier, Sandra Jenatsch, Nicolas Leclaire, Jean-Nicolas Tisserant, Anna C Véron, Lei Wang, Frank Nüesch, Roland Hany
Tinted and colour-neutral semitransparent organic photovoltaic elements are of interest for building-integrated applications in windows, on glass roofs or on facades. We demonstrate a semitransparent organic photovoltaic cell with a dry-laminated top electrode that achieves a uniform average visible transmittance of 51% and a power conversion efficiency of 3%. The photo-active material is based on a majority blend composed of a visibly absorbing donor polymer and a fullerene acceptor, to which a selective near-infrared absorbing cyanine dye is added as a minority component...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
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