Solution processed inverted tandem polymer solar cells with self-assembled monolayer modified interfacial layers

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Original languageEnglish
Article number253307
Journal / PublicationApplied Physics Letters
Issue number25
Online published23 Dec 2010
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


Inverted tandem bulk-heterojunction solar cells with comparable efficiency to single layer devices have been demonstrated by utilizing two thin layers (∼50 nm) of poly-(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester as the active material and a fullerene self-assembled monolayer (C60-SAM) to modify the interfaces between the ZnO buffer layer and the active layer. Single and tandem solar cells without the SAM modification have much lower efficiencies than the ones with modification. The successful demonstrations of inverted tandem devices with SAM modification give promise of further device improvements if active materials with complementary absorption can be used. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.