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Poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate)s as electrode modifiers for inverted solar cells (Presentation Recording)
Author(s): Hyunbok Lee; Egle Puodziukynaite; Todd Emrick; Alejandro L. Briseño; Paul A. Lane
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate the use of polymeric zwitterions, namely, poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA), as solution-processable work function reducers for inverted organic electronic devices. A notable feature of PSBMA is orthogonal solubility relative to solvents typically employed in the processing of organic semiconductors. A strong permanent dipole moment on the sulfobetaine moiety was calculated by density functional theory. PSBMA interlayers reduced the work function of a broad range of electrodes [indium tin oxide (ITO), Au, Ag, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), Cu, Al, and even graphene] by over 1 eV. By employing an ultrathin interlayer of PSBMA, one can reduce the electron injection barrier between ITO and C70 by 0.67 eV. As a result, the device performance of OPVs with PSBMA interlayers are significantly improved, and enhanced electron injection is demonstrated in electron-only devices with ITO, PEDOT:PSS and graphene electrodes. This work makes available a new class of dipole-rich, counterion-free, pH insensitive interlayers for use as strong work function reducers for any electrode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2015
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9567, Organic Photovoltaics XVI, 956704 (5 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2191606
Show Author Affiliations
Hyunbok Lee, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (United States)
Egle Puodziukynaite, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (United States)
Todd Emrick, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (United States)
Alejandro L. Briseño, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (United States)
Paul A. Lane, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9567:
Organic Photovoltaics XVI
Zakya H. Kafafi; Paul A. Lane; Ifor D. W. Samuel, Editor(s)

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