Nano Research

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Semiconducting carbon nanotube/fullerene blended heterojunctions for photovoltaic near-infrared photon harvesting


Carbon nanotube, bulk heterojunction, photovoltaic, photodetector, NIR


ABSTRACT We demonstrate that the near-infrared (NIR) absorptivity of semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWCNTs) can be harnessed in blended heterojunctions with the fullerene derivative [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). Photogenerated charge separation is efficiently driven by the ultrahigh interfacial area of the blends and the favorable energy offsets between the two materials. NIR-sensitive photovoltaic and photodetector devices utilizing the stack (indium tin oxide/ca. 10 nm s-SWCNT:PCBM/100 nm C60/10 nm 2,9- dimethyl-4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (BCP)/Ag) were fabricated with NIR power conversion efficiencies >1.3% and peak, zero bias external quantum efficiency of 18% at λ = 1205 nm.

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Tsinghua University Press