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Photocurrent Generation and Charge Recombination in Multilayer Stacks of Hole Transporting Layer, Electron Donor-Acceptor Dyad and Electron Transporting Layer

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-749
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

The processes of charge generation, transport, and recombination are the main characteristics in organic photovoltaic systems. The triple layer structures, consisted of a primary electron donor layer (poly(3-hexyltiophene), P3HT), an electron acceptor layer (perylenediimide, PDI), and covalently linked porphyrin-fullerene donor acceptor dyad (D-A) layer (free base or Zn-porphyrin-fullerene dyad) were studied in this work by using a transient photocurrent method to monitor the electrical response in millisecond and second time scales. The active layers were in between two electrodes, which were insulated from them by several non-conductive octadecylamine films. Kinetics of charge generation, transport, and recombination was studied by monitoring light intensity dependent lifetimes of photocurrent signals. Both the signal intensities and lifetimes were increased by two orders of magnitude in the complete devices, H-(D-A)-E (or H vertical bar D-A vertical bar E), compared to the reference structures, H-(D-A) or (DA)-A (or H vertical bar D-A and D-A vertical bar E), evidencing efficient charge separation in the triple layer. Relative yields for the charge separation were calculated from the excitation intensity dependent photocurrent lifetimes, according to a simple three state model. Recombination of the steady states in darkness followed second order kinetics. In the complete device with Zn-porphyrin dyad the longer lifetimes and lower quantum yields for the charge separation and recombination rates were observed, indicating a charge trapping inside the layers instead of complete separation.

Keywords

  • Photoinduced Charge Transfer, Donor-Acceptor Dyad, Solar Cell, LANGMUIR-BLODGETT-FILMS, PORPHYRIN-FULLERENE DYAD, MOLECULAR FILMS, REGIOREGULAR POLY(3-HEXYLTHIOPHENE), MONOLAYERS, COMPLEXES, EXCIPLEX, DEVICES, DESIGN, ENERGY

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