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In Situ Formation of MoO3 in PEDOT:PSS Matrix: A Facile Way to Produce a Smooth and Less Hygroscopic Hole Transport Layer for Highly Stable Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells
Article in journal
Shuyan Shao, Jian Liu, Jonas Bergqvist, Shengwei Shi, Clemens Veit, Uli Wuerfel, Zhiyuan Xie, Fengling Zhang
Publication Year
ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS, 2013, (3)3, 349-355
Link to Source (DOI)
<p>A solution-processed neutral hole transport layer is developed by in situ formation of MoO3 in aqueous PEDOT:PSS dispersion (MoO3-PEDOT:PSS). This MoO3-PEDOT:PSS composite film takes advantage of both the highly conductive PEDOT:PSS and the ambient conditions stability of MoO3; consequently it possesses a smooth surface and considerably reduced hygroscopicity. The resulting bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ PSC) based on poly[2,3-bis-(3-octyloxyphenyl)quinoxaline-5,8-diyl-alt-thiophene-2,5-diyl] (TQ1):[6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM) blends using MoO3-PEDOT:PSS composite film as hole transport layer (HTL) show considerable improvement in power conversion efficiency (PCE), from 5.5% to 6.4%, compared with the reference pristine PEDOT:PSS-based device. More importantly, the device with MoO3-PEDOT:PSS HTL shows considerably improved stability, with the PCE remaining at 80% of its original value when stored in ambient air in the dark for 10 days. In comparison, the reference solar cell with PEDOT:PSS layer shows complete failure within 10 days. This MoO3-PEDOT:PSS implies the potential for low-cost roll-to-roll fabrication of high-efficiency polymer solar cells with long-term stability at ambient conditions.</p>