• Alternative selection of processing additives to enhance the lifetime of OPVs

      Kettle, Jeff; Waters, Huw; Horie, Masaki; Smith, Graham C.; University of Bangor (Kettle, Waters), National Tsing Hua University Taiwan (Horie), University of Chester (Smith) (IOP Publishing, 2016-01-27)
      The use of processing additives is known to accelerate the degradation of Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs) and therefore, this paper studies the impact of selecting alternative processing additives for PCPDTBT:PC71BM solar cells in order to improve the stability. The use of naphthalene-based processing additives has been undertaken, which is shown to reduce the initial power conversion efficiency by 23%-42%, primarily due to a decrease in the short-circuit current density, but also fill factor. However, the stability is greatly enhanced by using such additives, with the long term stability (T50%) enhanced by a factor of four. The results show that there is a trade-off between initial performance and stability to consider when selecting the initial process additives. XPS studies have provided some insight into the decreased degradation and show that using 1-chloronaphthalene (ClN) leads to reduced morphology changes and reduced oxidation of the thiophene-ring within the PCPDTBT backbone.
    • Mixed dimension silver nanowires for solution processed, flexible, transparent and conducting electrodes with improved optical and physical properties

      Kumar, D.; Ghosh, S.; Stoichkov, Vasil; Smith, Graham C.; Kettle, Jeff; University of Chester; Bangor University (IOP Publishing, 2017-03-20)
      In this work, we present an alternative method for the spray coating of silver nanowires contact electrodes by employing a mixture of short and long nanowires. Mixed silver nanowires are found to give improve optical properties with 2-5% higher transparency for the same sheet resistance of 25 Ωsq-1, when compared to silver nanowires prepared with a single geometry nanowire. The figure of merit (FoM) for the 25 Ωsq-1 sheet resistance electrode was found to be highest for the mixed composition AgNWs-M1 based electrodes. Furthermore, the average root mean square surface roughness (Rq) parameter by WLI measurement are found to be lower for the mixed composition silver nanowires electrodes (Rq= 3-4 nm) when compare to the individual parent fixed dimension type silver nanowire electrodes (Rq = 6-8 nm).