Fully Solution-Processed Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with Laminated Nanowire Electrodes

Whitney Gaynor, Jung-Yong Lee, Peter Peumans

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We demonstrate organic photovoltaic cells in which every layer is deposited by solution processing on opaque metal substrates, with efficiencies similar to those obtained in conventional device structures on transparent substrates. The device architecture is enabled by solution-processed, laminated silver nanowire films serving as the top transparent anode. The cells are based on the regioregular poly(3- hexylthiophene) and C 61 butyric acid methyl ester bulk heterojunction and reach an efficiency of 2.5% under 100 mW/cm 2 of AM 1.5G illumination. The metal substrates are adequate barriers to moisture and oxygen, in contrast to transparent plastics that have previously been used, giving rise to the possibility of roll-to-roll solutionprocessed solar cells that are packaged by lamination to glass substrates, combining the cost advantage of roll-toroll processing with the barrier properties of glass and metal foil. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalACS Nano
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 21 2009
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors thank H.S. Kim and Y. Cui for providing silver nanowires. This work was supported by the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (Award No KUS-C1-015-21), made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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