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Inverted Tandem Polymer Solar Cells with Polyethylenimine-Modified MoOX/Al2O3:ZnO Nanolaminate as the Charge Recombination Layers

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  • Jae Won Shim,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Canek Fuentes-Hernandez,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Yinhua Zhou,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Amir Dindar,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Talha M. Khan,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Anthony J. Giordano,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Hyeunseok Cheun,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Minseong Yun,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Seth R. Marder,

    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Bernard Kippelen

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    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
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Abstract

A new charge recombination layer for inverted tandem polymer solar cells is reported. A bilayer of MoOX/Al2O3:ZnO nanolaminate is shown to enable efficient charge recombination in inverted tandem cells. A polymer surface modification on the MoOX/Al2O3:ZnO nanolaminate bilayer increases the work function contrast between the two outward surfaces of the charge recombination layer, further improving the performance of tandem solar cells. An analysis of the electrical, optical, and surface properties of the charge recombination layer is presented. Inverted tandem polymer solar cells, with two photoactive layers comprising poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):indene-C60 bisadduct (IC60BA) for the bottom cell and poly[(4,8-bis-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene)-2,6-diyl-alt-(4-(2-ethylhexanoyl)-thieno[3,4-b]thiophene))-2,6-diyl] (PBDTTT-C):[6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM) for the top cell, yield an open-circuit voltage of 1481 mV ± 15 mV, a short-circuit current density of 7.1 mA cm−2 ± 0.1 mA cm−2, and a fill factor of 0.62 ± 0.01, resulting in a power conversion efficiency of 6.5% ± 0.1% under simulated AM 1.5G, 100 mW cm−2 illumination.

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