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Loss mechanisms in organic solar cells based on perylene diimide acceptors studied by time-resolved photoluminescence
Author(s): Marina Gerhard; Dominik Gehrig; Ian A. Howard; Andreas P. Arndt; Mühenad Bilal; Arash Rahimi-Iman; Uli Lemmer; Frédéric Laquai; Martin Koch
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Paper Abstract

In organic photovoltaics (OPV), perylene diimide (PDI) acceptor materials are promising candidates to replace the commonly used, but more expensive fullerene derivatives. The use of alternative acceptor materials however implies new design guidelines for OPV devices. It is therefore important to understand the underlying photophysical processes, which either lead to charge generation or geminate recombination. In this contribution, we investigate radiative losses in a series of OPV materials based on two polymers, P3HT and PTB7, respectively, which were blended with different PDI derivatives. Our time-resolved photoluminescence measurements (TRPL) allow us to identify different loss mechanisms by the decay characteristics of several excitonic species. In particular, we find evidence for unfavorable morphologies in terms of large-scale pure domains, inhibited exciton transport and incomplete charge transfer. Furthermore, in one of the P3HT-blends, an interfacial emissive charge transfer (CT) state with strong trapping character is identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9895, Organic Photonics VII, 98950H (27 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2227672
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Marina Gerhard, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Dominik Gehrig, Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung (Germany)
Ian A. Howard, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
Andreas P. Arndt, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
Mühenad Bilal, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Arash Rahimi-Iman, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Uli Lemmer, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
Frédéric Laquai, Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung (Germany)
King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
Martin Koch, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9895:
Organic Photonics VII
David Cheyns; Pierre M. Beaujuge; Volker van Elsbergen; Jean-Charles Ribierre, Editor(s)

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