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Optical excitations dynamics at hetero-interfaces fullerene/quantum dots
Author(s): Marcello Righetto; Alberto Privitera; Lorenzo Franco; Renato Bozio
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Paper Abstract

Embedding Semiconductor Quantum Dots (QDs) into hybrid organic-inorganic solar cell holds promises for improving photovoltaic performances. Thanks to their strong coupling with electro-magnetic radiation field, QDs represent paradigmatic photon absorbers. Nevertheless, the quest for suitable charge separating hetero-interfaces is still an open challenge. Within this framework, the excited state interactions between QDs and fullerene derivatives are of great interest for ternary solar cells (polymer:QDs:fullerene). In this work, we investigated the exciton dynamics of core/shell CdSe/CdS QDs both in solution and in blends with fullerene derivative (PCBM). By means of transient optical techniques, we aimed to unveil the dynamics of the QDs-PCBM interaction. Indeed, the observed excited state depopulation of QDs in blends is compatible with an excited state interaction living on picosecond timescale. Through electron paramagnetic resonance, we delved into the nature of this interaction, identifying the presence of charge separated states. The concurrence of these observations suggest a fast electron transfer process, where QDs act as donors and PCBM molecules as acceptors, followed by effective charge separation. Therefore, our experimental results indicate the QDs-PCBM heterointerface as suitable exciton separating interface, paving the way for possible applications in photovoltaics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10363, Organic, Hybrid, and Perovskite Photovoltaics XVIII, 103632D (25 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273369
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Marcello Righetto, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
Alberto Privitera, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
Lorenzo Franco, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
Renato Bozio, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10363:
Organic, Hybrid, and Perovskite Photovoltaics XVIII
Zakya H. Kafafi; Paul A. Lane; Kwanghee Lee, Editor(s)

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