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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017 Sep 20;9(37):32044-32053. doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b04947. Epub 2017 Sep 5.

Orienting the Microstructure Evolution of Copper Phthalocyanine as an Anode Interlayer in Inverted Polymer Solar Cells for High Performance.

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State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University , 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012, People's Republic of China.
College of Instrumentation & Electrical Engineering, Jilin University , 938 Ximinzhu Street, Changchun 130061, People's Republic of China.


Recent advances in the interfacial modification of inverted-type polymer solar cells (PSCs) have resulted from controlling the surface energy of the cathode-modified layer (TiO2 or ZnO) to enhance the short-circuit current (Jsc) or optimizing the contact morphology of the cathode (indium tin oxide or fluorine-doped tin oxide) and active layer to increase the fill factor. Herein, we report that the performance enhancement of PSCs is achieved by incorporating a donor macromolecule copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) as an anode modification layer. Using the approach based on orienting the microstructure evolution, uniformly dispersed island-shaped CuPc spot accumulations are built on the top of PTB7:PC71BM blend film, leading to an efficient spectral absorption and photogenerated exciton splitting. The best power conversion efficiency of PSCs is increased up to 9.726%. In addition to the enhanced light absorption, the tailored anode energy level alignment and optimized boundary morphology by incorporating the CuPc interlayer boost charge extraction efficiency and suppress the interfacial molecular recombination. These results demonstrate that surface morphology induction through molecular deposition is an effective method to improve the performance of PSCs, which reveals the potential implications of the interlayer between the organic active layer and the electrode buffer layer.


charge extraction; light absorption; morphology induction; orienting microstructure evolution; power conversion efficiency


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