Special Section on Organic Photovoltaics

Charge generation dynamics in polymer/polymer solar cells studied by transient absorption spectroscopy

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Hideo Ohkita

Kyoto University, Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan

PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012, Japan

Junya Kosaka

Kyoto University, Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan

Jiamo Guo

Kyoto University, Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan

Hiroaki Benten

Kyoto University, Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan

Shinzaburo Ito

Kyoto University, Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan

J. Photon. Energy. 1(1), 011118 (March 22, 2011). doi:10.1117/1.3569105
History: Received August 29, 2010; Revised February 24, 2011; Accepted February 28, 2011; Published March 22, 2011; Online March 22, 2011
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Currently, polymer/fullerene solar cells have significantly higher power conversion efficiency than polymer/polymer solar cells. In order to address the origin of this wide gap, we measured the transient absorption spectra of polymer/polymer blend films based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT), and analyzed the charge generation dynamics in comparison with that of a polymer/fullerene blend film based on P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ether (PCBM). In P3HT/PCBM blend films, half of the polarons are generated immediately after pulsed laser excitation at the P3HT absorption band and the other half are generated with a rise constant of ∼10 ps. The prompt polaron formation is assigned to the charge generation from P3HT singlet excitons located near the P3HT/PCBM interface and the delayed polaron formation to the charge generation after the exciton migration to the P3HT/PCBM interface. In P3HT/F8BT, on the other hand, F8BT singlet excitons observed immediately after the laser excitation decayed in a picosecond and P3HT singlet excitons increased on the same time constant, suggesting efficient energy transfer from F8BT to P3HT. Polymer polarons were generated on a time scale of ∼40 ps, some of which were observed on a microsecond timescale but the yield was much smaller than that in P3HT/PCBM. We discuss the difference in charge generation dynamics in terms of kinetics and interfacial structures.

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Hideo Ohkita ; Junya Kosaka ; Jiamo Guo ; Hiroaki Benten and Shinzaburo Ito
"Charge generation dynamics in polymer/polymer solar cells studied by transient absorption spectroscopy", J. Photon. Energy. 1(1), 011118 (March 22, 2011). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3569105


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