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Highly conductive PEDOT: PSS electrode with optimized solvent and thermal post-treatment for ITO-free organic solar cells

: Kim, Y.H.; Sachse, C.; MacHala, M.L.; May, C.; Müller-Meskamp, L.; Leo, K.


Advanced Functional Materials 21 (2011), No.6, pp.1076-1081
ISSN: 1616-301X
ISSN: 1616-3028
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPMS ()

Highly conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films as stand-alone electrodes for organic solar cells have been optimized using a solvent post-treatment method. The treated PEDOT:PSS films show enhanced conductivities up to 1418 S cm-1, accompanied by structural and chemical changes. The effect of the solvent treatment on PEDOT:PSS has been investigated in detail and is shown to cause a reduction of insulating PSS in the conductive polymer layer. Using these optimized electrodes, ITO-free, small molecule organic solar cells with a zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc):fullerene C60 bulk heterojunction have been produced on glass and PET substrates. The system was further improved by pre-heating the PEDOT:PSS electrodes, which enhanced the power conversion efficiency to the values obtained for solar cells on ITO electrodes. The results show that optimized PEDOT:PSS with solvent and thermal post-treatment can be a very promising electrode mate rial for highly efficient flexible ITO-free organic solar cells.