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Journal of Photonics for Energy

Enhanced photovoltaic performance of inverted hybrid bulk-heterojunction solar cells using TiO2/reduced graphene oxide films as electron transport layers
Author(s): Andreia Morais; João Paulo C. Alves; Francisco Anderson S. Lima; Monica Lira-Cantu; Ana Flavia Nogueira
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we investigated inverted hybrid bulk-heterojunction solar cells with the following configuration: fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) |TiO2/RGO|P3HT:PC61BM|V2O5 or PEDOT:PSS|Ag. The TiO2/GO dispersions were prepared by sol-gel method, employing titanium isopropoxide and graphene oxide (GO) as starting materials. The GO concentration was varied from 0.1 to 4.0 wt%. The corresponding dispersions were spin-coated onto FTO substrates and a thermal treatment was performed to remove organic materials and to reduce GO to reduced graphene oxide (RGO). The TiO2/RGO films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and microscopy techniques. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images showed that the addition of RGO significantly changes the morphology of the TiO2 films, with loss of uniformity and increase in surface roughness. Independent of the use of V2O5 or PEDOT: PSS films as the hole transport layer, the incorporation of 2.0 wt% of RGO into TiO2 films was the optimal concentration for the best organic photovoltaic performance. The solar cells based on TiO2/RGO (2.0 wt%) electrode exhibited a ∼22.3% and ∼28.9% short circuit current density (Jsc) and a power conversion efficiency enhancement, respectively, if compared with the devices based on pure TiO2 films. Kelvin probe force microscopy images suggest that the incorporation of RGO into TiO2 films can promote the appearance of regions with different charge dissipation capacities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2015
PDF: 21 pages
J. Photon. Energy 5(1) 057408 doi: 10.1117/1.JPE.5.057408
Published in: Journal of Photonics for Energy Volume 5, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Andreia Morais, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
João Paulo C. Alves, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Francisco Anderson S. Lima, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Monica Lira-Cantu, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Ana Flavia Nogueira, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)

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