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A new method to disperse CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays into P3HT:PCBM layer for the improvement of efficiency of inverted polymer solar cells

Fumin Li1, Chong Chen1*, Furui Tan1, Gentian Yue1, Liang Shen2 and Weifeng Zhang1

Author Affiliations

1 Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Materials, Department of Physics and Electronics, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, People's Republic of China

2 Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:240  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-240

Published: 16 May 2014

Abstract

We report that the efficiency of ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Ag inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) can be improved by dispersing CdS quantum dot (QD)-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) in poly (3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) layer. The CdS QDs are deposited on the TNTs by a chemical bath deposition method. The experimental results show that the CdS QD-sensitized TNTs (CdS/TNTs) do not only increase the light absorption of the P3HT:PCBM layer but also reduce the charge recombination in the P3HT:PCBM layer. The dependence of device performances on cycles of CdS deposition on the TNTs was investigated. A high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.52% was achieved for the inverted PSCs with 20 cyclic depositions of CdS on TNTs, which showed a 34% increase compared to the ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Ag device without the CdS/TNTs. The improved efficiency is attributed to the improved light absorbance and the reduced charge recombination in the active layer.

Keywords:
Inverted; Polymer solar cells; Nanotube; Quantum dot