Incomplete Exciton Harvesting from Fullerenes in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

George F. Burkhard, Eric T. Hoke, Shawn R. Scully, Michael D. McGehee

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Abstract

We investigate the internal quantum efficiencies (IQEs) of high efficiency poly-3-hexylthiophene:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) solar cells and find them to be lower at wavelengths where the PCBM absorbs. Because the exciton diffusion length in PCBM is too small, excitons generated in PCBM decay before reaching the donor-acceptor interface. This result has implications for most state of the art organic solar cells, since all of the most efficient devices use fullerenes as electron acceptors. © 2009 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4037-4041
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Volume9
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 9 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: 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 partially by the Global Climate Energy Project (GCEP). E.T.H. is supported by the National Science Foundation GRFP and the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

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