Bulk Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaic Devices Using Dendrimers

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Abstract

A family of prototype ..pi..-conjugated dendrimers has been synthesized and incorporated into solution-processable organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. Bulk heterojunction devices were fabricated by blending the dendrimers with a solubilized fullerene. The best of these initial devices, which were not optimized for morphology, exhibited external quantum efficiencies of 22% at peak wavelength. Itwas found that 3-arm dendrimers, when sufficiently soluble, yielded higher photocurrents than their 4-arm counterparts. This was attributed to better planarity and intermolecular alignment of the 3-arm version. Device efficiency was seen to increase with increasing arm length. A reduced-band gap dendrimer was synthesized by attaching electron-withdrawing groups onto the core to yield an opticalband gap of 1.82 eV.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 7 Nov 200510 Nov 2005

Conference

Conference2005 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting
CityDenver, Colorado
Period7/11/0510/11/05

Bibliographical note

Presented at the 2005 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting held November 7-10, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. Also included in the proceedings available on CD-ROM (DOE/GO-102006-2245; NREL/CD-520-38557)

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-39051

Keywords

  • bulk heterojunctions
  • dendrimers
  • NREL
  • organic
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • PV
  • solar

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