Solution-dispersed CuO nanoparticles anode buffer layer: Effect of ultrasonic agitation duration on photovoltaic performance

Nasehah Syamin Sabri, Chi Chin Yap, Muhammad Yahaya, Muhamad Mat Salleh, Mohammad Hafizuddin Jumali

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Abstract

The performance of inverted type hybrid organic solar cell based on poly(3-hexyltheopene):[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) can be improved by adding an anode buffer layer of copper oxide (CuO). CuO that serves as an electron blocking layer which could effectively reduce the charge recombination at the photoactive layer (P3HT:PCBM)/silver (Ag) interfaces. At the same time, Cuo anode buffer layer could accelerate the holes collection from the photoactive layer to the top electrode. In this study we investigated the effects of ultrasonic agitation duration in preparation of solution-dispersed CuO anode buffer layer on the performance of the devices with a configuration of fluorine tin oxide (FTO)/zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays/P3HT:PCBM/ CuO/Ag. Different durations of ultrasonic agitation (0, 5, 15 and 25 min) were used for CuO nanoparticles solution dispersion to obtain the optimum particle size distribution of CuO. It was found that the smallest average particle size of CuO was obtained by applying the ultrasonic agitation for longest duration of 25 min. The highest power conversion efficiency of 1.22% was recorded from the device incorporating with CuO anode buffer layer with the smallest average particle size. It is believed that CuO anode buffer layer with the smallest average particle size had the least agglomerates, thus leading to better film formation and contact surface area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2016 Postgraduate Colloquium
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Volume1784
ISBN (Electronic)9780735414464
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2016
Event2016 Postgraduate Colloquium of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM FST 2016 - Selangor, Malaysia
Duration: 13 Apr 201614 Apr 2016

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Other2016 Postgraduate Colloquium of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM FST 2016
CountryMalaysia
CitySelangor
Period13/4/1614/4/16

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ultrasonic agitation
anodes
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nanoparticles
butyric acid
esters
copper oxides
particle size distribution
zinc oxides
tin oxides
nanorods
fluorine
solar cells
silver
preparation

Keywords

  • Anode buffer layer
  • copper (II) oxide
  • organic solar cells
  • particle size
  • solution-dispersed
  • ultrasonic agitation
  • ZnO nanorod arrays

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Sabri, N. S., Yap, C. C., Yahaya, M., Mat Salleh, M., & Jumali, M. H. (2016). Solution-dispersed CuO nanoparticles anode buffer layer: Effect of ultrasonic agitation duration on photovoltaic performance. In 2016 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2016 Postgraduate Colloquium (Vol. 1784). [040019] American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4966805

Solution-dispersed CuO nanoparticles anode buffer layer : Effect of ultrasonic agitation duration on photovoltaic performance. / Sabri, Nasehah Syamin; Yap, Chi Chin; Yahaya, Muhammad; Mat Salleh, Muhamad; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin.

2016 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2016 Postgraduate Colloquium. Vol. 1784 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2016. 040019.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sabri, NS, Yap, CC, Yahaya, M, Mat Salleh, M & Jumali, MH 2016, Solution-dispersed CuO nanoparticles anode buffer layer: Effect of ultrasonic agitation duration on photovoltaic performance. in 2016 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2016 Postgraduate Colloquium. vol. 1784, 040019, American Institute of Physics Inc., 2016 Postgraduate Colloquium of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM FST 2016, Selangor, Malaysia, 13/4/16. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4966805
Sabri NS, Yap CC, Yahaya M, Mat Salleh M, Jumali MH. Solution-dispersed CuO nanoparticles anode buffer layer: Effect of ultrasonic agitation duration on photovoltaic performance. In 2016 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2016 Postgraduate Colloquium. Vol. 1784. American Institute of Physics Inc. 2016. 040019 https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4966805
Sabri, Nasehah Syamin ; Yap, Chi Chin ; Yahaya, Muhammad ; Mat Salleh, Muhamad ; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin. / Solution-dispersed CuO nanoparticles anode buffer layer : Effect of ultrasonic agitation duration on photovoltaic performance. 2016 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2016 Postgraduate Colloquium. Vol. 1784 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2016.
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