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Flexible Indium Tin Oxide-Free Polymer Solar Cells with Silver Nanowire Electrodes

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Flexible ITO-free conventional P3HT:PC61BM solar cells with solution processed Ag nanowire (AgNW) transparent electrode are studied both experimentally and theoretically. The ITO based flexible polymer solar cells are first optimized according to the absorption spectrum, then the transparent electrode of the best devices are replaced by the various times spin coated AgNW thin film. The device with five times spin coated AgNW electrode exhibits the best power conversion efficiency (PCE), close to that of the best performance ITO based solar cell. The five times spin coated AgNW film has good transmission (∼83%), low sheet resistance R s (∼9 Ω/sq), and high figure of merit (F.O.M.) of 16.64, close to the properties of ITO electrodes. The PCE of conventional flexible ITO based device can reach around 2.8% and the PCE of conventional flexible AgNW based device around 2.7%.
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Keywords: FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE; ITO-FREE; NANOWIRE; POLYMER SOLAR CELL

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2017

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  • Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics (JNO) is an international and cross-disciplinary peer reviewed journal to consolidate emerging experimental and theoretical research activities in the areas of nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices into a single and unique reference source. JNO aims to facilitate the dissemination of interdisciplinary research results in the inter-related and converging fields of nanoelectronics and optoelectronics.
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