Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1021/jp303679y
Title: Origin of hole selectivity and the role of defects in low-temperature solution-processed molybdenum oxide interfacial layer for organic solar cells
Authors: Wong, K.H.
Ananthanarayanan, K. 
Luther, J. 
Balaya, P. 
Issue Date: 9-Aug-2012
Citation: Wong, K.H., Ananthanarayanan, K., Luther, J., Balaya, P. (2012-08-09). Origin of hole selectivity and the role of defects in low-temperature solution-processed molybdenum oxide interfacial layer for organic solar cells. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116 (31) : 16346-16351. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1021/jp303679y
Abstract: A critical component in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is the charge-selective interfacial layer, which plays a vital role in achieving high device performance and stability. Here, we present the performance of molybdenum oxide (MoO x) hole selective interfacial layers for BHJ OPVs based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) donor and [6,6]-phenyl-C 61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) acceptor, prepared by a facile, low-temperature solution process. The results showed that the MoO x films enhanced device efficiency and stability in comparison to reference devices containing the conventional poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) interfacial layer. Furthermore, a high fill factor (∼69%) close to the theoretical maximum value predicted for the P3HT:PCBM BHJ system was achieved. Despite their hole selective nature, ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) revealed that the MoO x films were n-type. This hole selective behavior can be explained by invoking band bending at the MoO x/organic interface and electron transport through MoO x gap states. These results show that a p-type semiconductor is an essential but not necessary requirement for hole selective interfacial layers, and we believe this finding would have important implications toward the design and selection of interfacial materials for OPVs. © 2012 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry C
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/85526
ISSN: 19327447
DOI: 10.1021/jp303679y
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