Indium tin oxide-free tandem polymer solar cells on opaque substrates with top illumination

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Top-illuminated, indium tin oxide (ITO)-free, tandem polymer solar cells are fabricated on opaque substrates in an inverted device configuration. In the tandem cell, a wide band gap subcell, consisting of poly[N-9'- heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2', 1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT) blended with [70]PCBM is combined with a small band gap subcell consisting of a mixture of poly[{2,5-bis(2- hexyldecyl)-2,3,5,6-tetrahydro-3,6-dioxopyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-diyl}-alt-{[2, 2'-(1,4-phenylene)bisthiophene]-5,5'-diyl}] (PDPPTPT) and [60]PCBM. Compared to the more common bottom-illuminated inverted tandem polymer solar cells on transparent ITO substrates, the front and back cells must be reversed when using opaque substrates and a transparent and conductive top contact must be employed to enable top illumination. A high conductive poly(3,4- ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) layer in combination with Ag lines surrounding the active area as current collection electrode is used for this purpose. The tandem polymer solar cell on an opaque glass/metal substrate yields a power conversion efficiency of 6.1% when the thicknesses of the photoactive layers are balanced for optimum performance. This is similar to the equivalent inverted tandem device fabricated on a transparent glass/ITO substrate. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13937-13944
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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