Organic solar cell devices were fabricated using poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and 6,6-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), which play the role of an electron donor and acceptor, respectively. The transparent electrode of organic solar cells, indium tin oxide (ITO), was replaced by Al-doped ZnO (AZO). ZnO has been studied extensively in recent years on account of its high optical transmittance, electrical conduction and low material cost. This paper reports organic solar cells based on Al-doped ZnO as an alternative to ITO. Organic solar cells with intrinsic ZnO inserted between the P3HT/PCBM layer and AZO were also fabricated. The intrinsic ZnO layer prevented the shunt path in the device. The performance of the cells with a layer of intrinsic ZnO was superior to that without the intrinsic ZnO layer.
- Intrinsic ZnO
- Organic solar cells
- Shunt resistance
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films