Polymer solar cells are fast gaining momentum as a potential solution towards low cost sustainable energy generation. However, the performance of architectures is known to be limited by the thin film nature of the active layer which, although required due to low charge carrier mobilities, limits the optical coupling to the active layer. The formation of periodic backgratings has been proposed as a solution to this problem.
Here, we investigate the effect of solution processed and thermally evaporated interlayers on the performance of backgrated polymer solar cells. Analysis of device performance under standard conditions indicates higher power conversion efficiencies with the incorporation of the evaporated interlayer (5.7%) over a sol–gel processed interlayer (4.9%). This is driven by a more conformal coating as evidenced through two orders of magnitude higher electron mobilities (10− 5 versus 10− 7 cm2 V− 1 s− 1) as well as the balanced electron and hole transport observed for the former architecture. It is believed that these results will catalyse further development of such device engineering concepts for improved optical coupling in thin film photovoltaics.
Jayawardena, K.D.G.I., Amarasinghe, K.M.P., Nismy, N.A., Mills, C.A. and Silva, S.R.P., 2015. Effect of solution processed and thermally evaporated interlayers on the performance of backgrated polymer solar cells. Thin Solid Films, 591, pp.159-163.
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Category: Solar & Photovoltaics