Improvement of stability for organic solar cells by using molybdenum trioxide buffer layer

Yoshihiro Kanai, Toshinori Matsushima, Hideyuki Murata

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We demonstrated that the stability of organic solar cells (OSCs) under light irradiation is markedly enhanced by inserting a molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) buffer layer between an anode layer of indium tin oxide (ITO) and a p-type layer of 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin (H2TPP) or N,N'-di(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenylbenzidine (α-NPD). The use of the MoO3 layer also enhanced open-circuit voltages and power conversion efficiencies of the OSCs due to an increase in built-in potential. From results of stability test of hole-only α-NPD devices, we concluded that the OSC degradation occurs near the ITO/p-type layer interface and that the use of the MoO3 layer can prevent the degradation at this interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 30 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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