The photophysics of charge generation and separation in an organic photovoltaic blend

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

The photophysics of charge generation and separation in an organic photovoltaic blend

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 7th March 2016
  • Speaker: (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room,

Event details

Organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices manufactured with an active layer of conjugated polymer blended with carbon fullerene derivatives are highly efficient, with power conversion efficiencies exceeding 10 percent. Despite this, understanding of the photophysics of these devices has lagged behind development of materials and device structures.

In this talk I will present the results of ultrafast spectroscopy measurements performed on films of the polymer PTB7 blended with the functionalized fullerene PC70BM. From these results we observe the effects of the solvent additive diiodooctane on charge separation in this blend, and gain a broader insight as to the role of fullerene aggregation on charge delocalisation and device efficiency for OPV blends.

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