Photodetection in the short-wave infrared (SWIR) wavelength window represents one of the core technologies allowing for many applications. Most current photodetectors suffer from high cost due to the epitaxial growth requirements and the ecological issue due to the use of highly toxic heavy-metal elements. Toward alternative SWIR photodetection strategies, in this work, high-performance heavy-metal-free flexible photodetectors sensitive to λ = 1.5 μm photons are presented based on the formation of a solution-processed hybrid composed of a conjugated diketopyrrolopyrrole-base polymer/PC70BM bulk heterojunction organic host together with inorganic guest NaYF4:15%Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). Under the illumination of λ = 1.5 μm SWIR photons, optimized hybrid bulk-heterojunction (BHJ)/UCNP photodetectors exhibit a photoresponsivity of 0.73 and 0.44 mA/W, respectively, for devices built on rigid indium tin oxide (ITO)/glass and flexible ITO/polyethylene terephthalate substrates. These hybrid photodetectors are capable of performing SWIR photodetection with a fast operation speed, characterized by a short photocurrent rise time down to 80 μs, together with an excellent mechanical robustness for flexible applications. Exhibiting simultaneously multiple advantages including solution-processability, flexibility, and the absence of toxic heavy metal elements together with a fast operation speed and good photoresponsivity, these hybrid BHJ(DPPTT-T/PC70BM)/UCNP photodetectors are promising candidates for next-generation low-cost and high-performance SWIR photodetectors.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: SEM characterizations performed were supported by the region Île-de-France in the framework of DIM Nano-K. H.X. and Z.H. acknowledge the China scholarship council (CSC) for their Ph.D thesis scholarships.