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Functionalized single wall carbon nanotubes improve the properties of polymer solar cells
Author(s): H. Derbal-Habak; C. Bergeret; J. Cousseau; J. M. Nunzi
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The optical and electrical properties of bulk polymer RR-P3HT (Regio-Regular Poly(3-hexylthiophène-2,5- diyl):PCBM (Methanofullerene Phenyl-C61-Butyric-Acid-Methyl-Ester) heterojunction incorporating single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have been already reported by a number of research groups. We investigated a new approach to functionalize CarboLex single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs-e) for increasing their dispersion in various solvents. The addition of SWCNTs-e in the matrix of P3HT:PCBM improves the photovoltaic (PV) characteristics. Results show that the photovoltaic parameters depend on the concentration of SWCNTs-e. The incorporation of low concentrations of SWCNTs-e in the photoactive layer increases the current density Jsc before annealing. We attribute the improved performance to partial crystallisation of the RR-P3HT. As revealed by XRD studies and confirmed by the absorbance spectra which exhibit the characteristic 600 nm shoulder. Interestingly, we observed also that doping the P3HT:PCBM system with the functionalized SWCNTs increases Voc from 0.583 to 0.744 V.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7750, Photonics North 2010, 775036 (22 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.873162
Show Author Affiliations
H. Derbal-Habak, Univ. d'Angers (France)
Institut Matériaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence, CNRS, Univ. Aix-Marseille (France)
C. Bergeret, Univ. d'Angers (France)
J. Cousseau, Univ. d'Angers (France)
J. M. Nunzi, Queen's Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7750:
Photonics North 2010
Henry P. Schriemer; Rafael N. Kleiman, Editor(s)

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