High-Performance Upscaled Indium Tin Oxide–Free Organic Solar Cells with Visual Esthetics and Flexibility

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Author(s)

  • Feng Zhao
  • Lijian Zuo
  • Yaokai Li
  • Lingling Zhan
  • Shuixing Li
  • Xin Li
  • Ruoxi Xia
  • Hongzheng Chen

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number2100339
Journal / PublicationSolar RRL
Volume5
Issue number9
Online published14 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Abstract

Organic solar cells (OSCs) show great promise for future applications due to their merits of low cost, flexibility, and vivid colors, etc. However, the “conventional” device architecture with a brittle and expensive glass/indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent electrode weakens these potential advantages and restricts it to small areas for high performance. Herein, a device architecture simultaneously combining the advantages of high performance, superior flexibility, diverse colors, and low-cost upscaling production is developed. The device structure features a top-illumination geometry with a thermally evaporated ultrathin Ag film as transparent electrode for ITO replacement. The formation of optical microcavity and high conductance of ultrathin Ag enables high performance for upscaled OSCs. Moreover, this device architecture further enables diverse colors via tuning the TeO2 layer atop of the ultrathin Ag transparent electrode. This top-illumination structure is more tolerant for substrates and enables wider flexible substrates. As a result, the flexible OSCs with upscaled areas of 1.05 cm2 exhibit a best performance of 13.09% (certified 11.9%) with superior flexibility, diverse colors, representing one of the best ITO-free upscaled flexible OSCs. This work provides a versatile device structure to highlight the merits of OSCs, and paves the way for the future commercialization and practical applications.

Research Area(s)

  • diverse colors, organic photovoltaics, superior flexibility, top-illuminated solar cells

Citation Format(s)

High-Performance Upscaled Indium Tin Oxide–Free Organic Solar Cells with Visual Esthetics and Flexibility. / Zhao, Feng; Zuo, Lijian; Li, Yaokai; Zhan, Lingling; Li, Shuixing; Li, Xin; Xia, Ruoxi; Yip, Hin–Lap; Chen, Hongzheng.

In: Solar RRL, Vol. 5, No. 9, 2100339, 09.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review