Influence of polymer ionization potential on the open-circuit voltage of hybrid polymer/TiO(2) solar cells

T. Ishwara*, D. D. C. Bradley, J. K. Nelson, P. Ravirajan, I. Vanseveren, T. Cleij, D. Vanderzande, L. Lutsen, S. Tierney, M. Heeney, I. McCulloch

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We report studies of the dependence of the open-circuit voltage (V(OC)) of polymer/titanium dioxide hybrid devices on the ionization potential of the polymer (I(P)). Once corrected for differences in photocarrier generation by the polymers, the measured V(OC) values vary linearly with the polymer I(P), with a slope of 0.8 +/- 0.1. This behavior agrees with recent studies of polymer/fullerene photovoltaic devices and is consistent with the hypothesis that V(OC) of an organic donor-acceptor solar cell is limited by the energy difference between the highest occupied molecular orbital of the donor (in this case, the polymer) and the lowest unoccupied electronic level of the acceptor (in this case, the conduction band edge of the TiO(2)). (c) 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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