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P3HT:PCBM, Best Seller in Polymer Photovoltaic Research

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  • Minh Trung Dang,

    1. IMS laboratory. Bordeaux Institute of Technology (IPB), University of Bordeaux, CNRS UMR 5218, ENSCBP, 16 Pey Berland, 33607 Pessac Cedex, France
    Current affiliation:
    1. Université de Montréal, Quebec, J. Wuest's group
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  • Lionel Hirsch,

    1. IMS laboratory. Bordeaux Institute of Technology (IPB), University of Bordeaux, CNRS UMR 5218, ENSCBP, 16 Pey Berland, 33607 Pessac Cedex, France
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  • Guillaume Wantz

    Corresponding author
    1. IMS laboratory. Bordeaux Institute of Technology (IPB), University of Bordeaux, CNRS UMR 5218, ENSCBP, 16 Pey Berland, 33607 Pessac Cedex, France
    • IMS laboratory. Bordeaux Institute of Technology (IPB), University of Bordeaux, CNRS UMR 5218, ENSCBP, 16 Pey Berland, 33607 Pessac Cedex, France.
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Abstract

In the field of polymer-based photovoltaic cells, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)propyl-1-phenyl[6,6]C61 (PCBM) are, to date, the most-studied active materials around the world for the bulk-heterojunction structure. Various power-conversion efficiencies are reported up to approximately 5%. This Research News article is focused on a survey of the tremendous literature published between 2002 and 2010 that exhibits solar cells based on blends of P3HT and PCBM.

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