Synergistic impact of solvent and polymer additives on the film formation of small molecule blend films for bulk heterojunction solar cells

The addition of polystyrene (PS), a typical insulator, is empirically shown to increase the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of a solution-deposited bulk heterojunction (BHJ) molecular blend film used in solar cell fabrication: p-DTS(FBTTh2)2/PC71BM. The performance is further improved by small quantities of diiodooctane (DIO), an established solvent additive. In this study, how the addition of PS and DIO affects the film formation of this bulk heterojunction blend film are probed via in situ monitoring of absorbance, thickness, and crystallinity.

Published in

Advanced Energy Materials

Authored by

McDowell, C.; Abdelsamie, M.; Zhao, K.; Smilgies, D. -M.; Bazan, G. C.; Amassian, A.

Publication date

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Resource category
Technique category