Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
To tailor the nanomorphology in polymer/fullerene blends, we study the effect of electrostatic field (E-field) on the solidification of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2, 5-diyl) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM) bulk heterojunction (BHJ). In addition to control; wet P3HT:PC60BM thin films were exposed to E-field of Van de Graaff (VDG) generator at three different directions—horizontal (H), tilted (T), and vertical (V)—relative to the plane of the substrate. Surface and bulk characterizations of the field-treated BHJs affirmed that fullerene molecules can easily penetrate the spaghetti-like P3HT and move up and down following the E-field. Using E-field treatment, we achieved favorable morphologies with efficient charge separation, transport, and collection. We improve; (1) the hole mobility values up to 19.4 × 10–4 ± 1.6 × 10–4 cm2 V–1 s–1 and (2) the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of conventional and inverted OPVs up to 2.58 ± 0.02% and 4.1 ± 0.40%, respectively. This E-field approach can serve as a new morphology-tuning technique, which is generally applicable to other polymer–fullerene systems.
American Chemical Society
Elshobaki, Moneim; Gebhardt, Ryan S.; Carr, John; Lindemann, William; Wang, Wenjie; Grieser, Eric; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Ngo, Evan; Bhattacharjee, Ujjal; Strzalka, Joseph; Jiang, Zhang; Qiao, Qiquan; Petrich, Jacob W.; Vaknin, David; and Chaudhary, Sumit, "Tailoring Nanoscale Morphology of Polymer: Fullerene Blends Using Electrostatic Field" (2017). Chemistry Publications. 1034.