Special Section on Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells

Incorporation of nanocrystals with different dimensionalities in hybrid TiO2/P3HT solar cells

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Flavio Santos Freitas, Ana Flavia Nogueira

University of Campinas–UNICAMP, Institute of Chemistry, Laboratory of Nanotechnology, and Solar Energy, P.O. Box 6154, Campinas SP 13083-970, Brazil

Juliana Martins de Souza e Silva, Mateus Borba Cardoso

Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials–CNPEM, Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory–LNLS, Campinas SP 13083-970, Brazil

J. Photon. Energy. 5(1), 057407 (Feb 25, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JPE.5.057407
History: Received November 2, 2014; Accepted February 6, 2015
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Abstract.  We investigate the effect of TiO2 nanoparticles–nanospheres and nanorods–inserted in the poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) matrix of TiO2/P3HT inverted hybrid solar cells. X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, small-angle x-ray scattering, photoluminescence, and photoelectrochemical experiments were employed to investigate the structure, morphology, and photoactivity of TiO2 nanoparticles modified with 2-thiopheneacetic acid, mixed or not with P3HT. Both TiO2 nanospheres and TiO2 nanorods presented a good dispersion in the polymer matrix. The incorporation of TiO2 nanospheres and nanorods has improved the photocurrent generation, and devices with efficiency values up to 1.35% were obtained. Our results reveal that the nanoscale morphology enables an enhanced interfacial area for exciton dissociation. In particular, the nanospheres contribute with their high specific area, and the nanorods contribute with their high aspect ratio.

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Flavio Santos Freitas ; Juliana Martins de Souza e Silva ; Mateus Borba Cardoso and Ana Flavia Nogueira
"Incorporation of nanocrystals with different dimensionalities in hybrid TiO2/P3HT solar cells", J. Photon. Energy. 5(1), 057407 (Feb 25, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JPE.5.057407


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