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Title: Influence of thermal ageing on the stability of polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells
Authors: BERTHO, Sabine
HAELDERMANS, Ilse
SWINNEN, Ann
MOONS, Wouter
MARTENS, Tom
LUTSEN, Laurence
VANDERZANDE, Dirk
MANCA, Jean
Senes, Alessia
Bonfiglio, Annalisa
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Citation: SOLAR ENERGY MATERIALS AND SOLAR CELLS, 91(5). p. 385-389
Abstract: A new approach is presented in order to improve the thermal stability of polymer: [6-6]-phenyl C-61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) bulk heterojunction solar cells. The central idea in this approach is the use of a polymer with high glass transition temperature (T-g), well above the normal operating temperatures of the devices. In this paper, a PPV-derivative with a T-g of 150 degrees C was used as an electron donor and the thermal stability of the obtained solar cells was compared with solar cells based on the reference material poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MDMO-PPV) with a T-g of 45 degrees C. The use of the material with higher glass transition temperature resulted in a significant improvement of the thermal stability of the photovoltaic parameters. Furthermore, a systematic transmission electron microscope (TEM) study demonstrates that the better thermal stability of performance coincides with a more stable active layer morphology. Both improvements are attributed to the reduced free movement of the electron donor material (PCBM) within the active layer of the solar cell. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Notes: Hasselt Univ, Inst Mat Res, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. IMEC Vzw, Div IMOMEC, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Univ Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy.Bertho, S, Hasselt Univ, Inst Mat Res, Wetenschapspk 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.sabine.bertho@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/4152
DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2006.10.008
ISI #: 000244517200004
ISSN: 0927-0248
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2008
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