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Nano-Scale ZnO Buffer Layer for Inkjet-Printed Polymer Solar Cells

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Zinc oxide (ZnO) was used as a buffer layer in the fabrication of polymer solar cells with the configuration of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/ZnO/Ag, in which the Ag cathode was prepared by inkjet printing using silver ink. Due to the hydrophobic nature of the P3HT:PCBM active layer surface, the hydrophilic silver ink cannot be coated directly on the top of the P3HT:PCBM layer. To overcome this problem, ZnO particles, prepared in a simple solution method by using polyethylene glycol (PEG) surfactant molecules, were used as a buffer layer between the P3HT:PCBM layer and Ag cathode. The present study discusses and compares the performance of the solar cells with and without the ZnO buffer layer.

Keywords: BUFFER LAYER; INKJET; POLYMER SOLAR CELLS; ZINC OXIDE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2008.1079

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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