Enhanced performance of organic photovoltaic devices by photo-crosslinkable buffer layer

Nam Su Kang, Mai Ha Hoang, Dong Hoon Choi, Byeong Kwon Ju, Jae Min Hong, Jae Woong Yu

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The performance of organic photovoltaic devices was enhanced by insertion of the photo-crosslinkable buffer layer. This buffer layer was formed by a photo curable precursor with bithiophene and pentadienyl moieties. The fill factor of the device with this buffer layer exceeded 0.7 in the organic photovoltaic cell. The characteristic of the photo-crosslinkable property enabled this buffer layer to be inserted between the hole extraction layer and the active layer, which formed an ohmic contact with both layers. The insertion of the buffer layer induced a 20% enhancement in conversion efficiency by small increases in the short-circuit current and the open-circuit voltage, and a huge increase in the fill factor. This photo-crosslinkable buffer layer acted as a leakage current reducing layer as measured by the reduced dark current. The high crystallinity and smooth surface of this buffer layer resulted in improved surface morphology and internal packing, thus enhanced the fill factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan


  • Fill factor
  • Organic photovoltaic
  • Photo-crosslinkable buffer layer.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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