Analysing impact of oxygen and water exposure on roll-coated organic solar cell performance using impedance spectroscopy

B. Arredondo*, B. Romero, M. J. Beliatis, G. del Pozo, D. Martín-Martín, J. C. Blakesley, G. Dibb, Frederik C Krebs, S. A. Gevorgyan, F. A. Castro

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Abstract

In this work we study the degradation of roll-coated flexible inverted organic solar cells in different atmospheres. We demonstrate that impedance spectroscopy is a powerful tool for elucidating degradation mechanisms; it is used here to distinguish the different degradation mechanisms due to water and oxygen. Identical cells were exposed to different accelerated degradation environments using water only, oxygen only, and both water and oxygen simultaneously, all of them enhanced with UV light. The photocurrent is dramatically reduced in the oxygen-degraded samples. Impedance measurements indicate that this phenomenon is attributed to defects introduced by absorption of oxygen, which results in an increase of the acceptor impurity (NA) at the cathode interface obtained from a Mott-Schottky analysis. Simultaneously, at the anode interface where PEDOT:PSS is not shielded by the substrate, the nature of degradation differs for the water and oxygen degraded samples. While oxygen + UV light decreases the conductivity of the PEDOT:PSS layer, water + UV light changes the PEDOT:PSS work function inducing a depletion region at the anode.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume176
Pages (from-to)397-404
ISSN0927-0248
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Organic solar cells
  • Degradation
  • Impedance spectroscopy
  • Roll coated OPV

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Arredondo, B., Romero, B., Beliatis, M. J., del Pozo, G., Martín-Martín, D., Blakesley, J. C., ... Castro, F. A. (2018). Analysing impact of oxygen and water exposure on roll-coated organic solar cell performance using impedance spectroscopy. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 176, 397-404. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2017.10.028
Arredondo, B. ; Romero, B. ; Beliatis, M. J. ; del Pozo, G. ; Martín-Martín, D. ; Blakesley, J. C. ; Dibb, G. ; Krebs, Frederik C ; Gevorgyan, S. A. ; Castro, F. A. / Analysing impact of oxygen and water exposure on roll-coated organic solar cell performance using impedance spectroscopy. In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 2018 ; Vol. 176. pp. 397-404.
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Arredondo, B, Romero, B, Beliatis, MJ, del Pozo, G, Martín-Martín, D, Blakesley, JC, Dibb, G, Krebs, FC, Gevorgyan, SA & Castro, FA 2018, 'Analysing impact of oxygen and water exposure on roll-coated organic solar cell performance using impedance spectroscopy', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 176, pp. 397-404. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2017.10.028

Analysing impact of oxygen and water exposure on roll-coated organic solar cell performance using impedance spectroscopy. / Arredondo, B.; Romero, B.; Beliatis, M. J.; del Pozo, G.; Martín-Martín, D.; Blakesley, J. C.; Dibb, G.; Krebs, Frederik C; Gevorgyan, S. A.; Castro, F. A.

In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 176, 2018, p. 397-404.

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