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Journal of Applied Physics
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We report on the fabrication of hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaic cells utilizing layer-by-layer deposition of water-soluble polyions and nanocrystals. A bulk heterojunction structure was created consisting of alternating layers of the p-conductive polythiophene derivative poly[2-(3-thienyl)-ethoxy-4-butylsulfonate] and n-conductive TiO2nanoparticles. We fabricated working devices with the heterostructure sandwiched between suitable charge carrier blocking layers and conducting oxide and metal electrodes, respectively. We analyzed the influence of the thickness and nanostructure of the active layer on the cell performance and characterized the devices in terms of static and transient current response with respect to illumination and voltage conditions. We observed reproducible and stable photovoltaic behavior with photovoltages of up to 0.9 V.
Kniprath, R., McLeskey Jr., J. T., & Rabe, J. P., et al. Nanostructured solid-state hybrid photovoltaic cells fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer deposition. Journal of Applied Physics, 105, 124313 (2009). Copyright © 2009 American Institute of Physics.
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