Polymer solar cells, deconstructed

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Soft-contact lamination and delamination has enabled us to construct polymer solar cells for testing, and deconstruct them subsequently for structural characterization of the active layers and electronic characterization of relevant charge transfer interfaces. We have thus been able characterize buried active layers and interfaces that are otherwise inaccessible. Structural characterization post-device fabrication and testing reveals simultaneous crystallization of the polymer donor and the electron acceptor in the once-buried bulk-heterojunction active layers to be responsible for photocurrent enhancement in these devices. Electronic characterization of the active layer-bottom electrode interface reveals an electronic band gap of 1.5 eV, attributable to the difference between the ionization potential of the polymer donor and the electron affinity of the electron acceptor. This value is significantly larger than the band gap predicted by examining the energy levels of the individual constituents, likely due to the presence of interfacial dipoles when the polymer donor and the electron acceptor are intimately mixed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication11AIChE - 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event2011 AIChE Annual Meeting, 11AIChE - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2011Oct 21 2011

Publication series

Name11AIChE - 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2011 AIChE Annual Meeting, 11AIChE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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