Incomplete Exciton Harvesting from Fullerenes in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

George F. Burkhard, Eric T. Hoke, Shawn R. Scully, Michael D. McGehee

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We investigate the internal quantum efficiencies (IQEs) of high efficiency poly-3-hexylthiophene:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) solar cells and find them to be lower at wavelengths where the PCBM absorbs. Because the exciton diffusion length in PCBM is too small, excitons generated in PCBM decay before reaching the donor-acceptor interface. This result has implications for most state of the art organic solar cells, since all of the most efficient devices use fullerenes as electron acceptors. © 2009 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4037-4041
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 9 2009
Externally publishedYes


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