Effect of two-dimensional-Langevin and trap-assisted recombination on the device performance of organic solar cells

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List of Authors: Mathias Nyman, Oskar J. Sandberg, Ronald Österbacka
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Journal of Photonics for Energy
Journal acronym: J PHOTON ENERGY
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 1
Number of pages: 9
ISSN: 1947-7988
eISSN: 1947-7988


Using drift-diffusion simulations, we have clarified the effect of two-dimensional lamellar ordering on the device performance and, in particular, the open circuit voltage in donor-acceptor type organic solar cells. The simulations are performed both in systems where direct (band-to-band) recombination dominates and in systems where trap-assisted recombination dominates. Results show that lamellar ordering reduces both the amount of direct and trap-assisted recombination, which is beneficial for device performance. The effect is particularly prominent for small lamellar thicknesses (similar to 1 nm). It is furthermore shown that in the case of s-shaped current-voltage characteristics due to electrostatic injection barriers the s-shape becomes less prominent for thinner lamellar thicknesses.


2D drift-diffusion simulation, open circuit voltage, organic solar cells, recombination

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