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|Title:||Organic solar cells with boron- or nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes in the P3HT : PCBM photoactive layer|
Ndungu, Patrick G.
Mola, Genene T.
Nogueira, Ana F.
Nyamori, Vincent O.
|Abstract:||Either boron- or nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (B- or N-CNTs) were incorporated in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells photoactive layer composed of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) : (6,6)-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). The physical and chemical properties were investigated using different spectroscopic techniques. The cell performance was followed from their current-voltage (-) characteristics. Recombination dynamics of the photo-generated free charge carriers were investigated using micro- to milliseconds transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed the presence of cone structures and bamboo compartments in B-CNTs and N-CNTs, respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed very little boron was substituted in the carbon network and presence of pyrrolic, pyridinic, and quaternary species of nitrogen in N-CNTs. - characteristics were found to be similar for the devices with B- and N-CNTs even though boron- and nitrogen-doped CNTs are known to have different properties, that is, p-type and n-type, respectively. TAS results showed that all devices had long lived free charge carriers but the devices with B- or N-CNTs had low power conservation efficiency and voltage|
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