Charge Carrier Extraction in Organic Solar Cells Governed by Steady-State Mobilities

Vincent M. Le Corre, Azadeh Rahimi Chatri, Nutifafa Y. Doumon, L. Jan Anton Koster

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Abstract

Charge transport in organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices is often characterized by steady-state mobilities. However, the suitability of steady-state mobilities to describe charge transport has recently been called into question, and it has been argued that dispersion plays a significant role. In this paper, the importance of the dispersion of charge carrier motion on the performance of organic photovoltaic devices is investigated. An experiment to measure the charge extraction time under realistic operating conditions is set up. This experiment is applied to different blends and shows that extraction time is directly related to the geometrical average of the steady-state mobilities. This demonstrates that under realistic operating conditions the steady-state mobilities govern the charge extraction of OPV and gives a valuable insight in device performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1701138
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume7
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 22 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science

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