Polymer solar cells employing conjugated polyelectrolytes with different countercations
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Conjugated polyelectrolytes based on benzotriazole (BT) and benzothiadiazole (BTz) alt unit with a pendant sulfonate ion but different countercations were synthesized and named PBTBTz-SO3Na and PBTBTz-SO3TBA. PBTBTz-SO3Na was used as a cathode interface applied to polymer solar cells (PSCs), and ITO/PEDOT:PSS/active layer/cathode interlayer/Al was set as a device structure. The PSCs displayed an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.7%, revealing an unchanged efficiency in comparison with that of the control device fabricated from a CH3OH interlayer. TBA+, a different counteraction, was used instead of Na+ to further study the influence of counterions on the electrical property of PBTBTz-SO3−. PBTBTz-SO3TBA was used as a cathode interface to fabricate two types of PSCs based on PTB7:PC71BM and PBDB-T:ITIC, and their improved average PCEs were 8.6% and 9.1%, respectively.
KeywordsConjugated polyelectrolytes Interlayer Different countercations Polymer solar cells Power conversion efficiency
This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (51703045). The author would like to thank Hangzhou Dianzi University for the funding KYS205617011 to support this research.
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