Interface control between amorphous silicon and polymer subcells in tandem solar cells using graphene interlayer

Chulki Kim, Taehee Kim, Seunghee Han, Il Won Kim, Sang Soo Lee, Hae Jung Son, Heesuk Kim

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As commercial interest in energy-harvesting devices has increased, tandem solar cells composed of two or more stacked photoactive layers have attracted interest in the field of solar cell technology. In hybrid tandem solar cells connected by an internal junction, interface control between subcells is very important for high performance. We report an organic-inorganic hybrid tandem solar cell containing a reduced graphene oxide (rGO) interlayer between an inorganic amorphous silicon subcell and an organic photovoltaic cell (OPV). The transparency and hydrophilicity of the rGO thin layer spray-coated onto the amorphous silicon photovoltaic cell improved compatibility with the upper poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) layer of the OPV subcell, thus decreasing the series resistance of the hybrid tandem cell. As a result, charge recombination occurred more efficiently between electrons and holes generated in the amorphous silicon front cell and the OPV back cell, respectively, and the photovoltaic performance of the tandem solar cell was enhanced. These results demonstrate that graphene is a good material for the interlayer component of organic- inorganic hybrid tandem solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
JournalScience of Advanced Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Future Resource Research Program (2E25393).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 by American Scientific Publishers.


  • Graphene
  • Hybrid tandem solar cell
  • Interface control
  • Spray-coating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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