Comparative studies on solar cell structures using zinc phthalocyanine and fullerenes

M. Egginger, R. Koeppe, F. Meghdadi, P. A. Troshin, R. N. Lyubovskaya, D. Meissner, N. S. Sariciftci

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We compare different structures of organic solar cells based on zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) and fullerene derivatives as electron donor and acceptor materials, respectively. Bilayer devices are fabricated and characterized by current-voltage and spectrally resolved photocurrent measurements. In a novel approach, the ZnPc was combined with soluble fullerene derivatives. With a pyrrolidinofullerene bearing chelating pyrridyl-groups we observed a complexation between donor and acceptor molecules. Due to a favorable structuring of the donor-acceptor interface this leads to a significant enhancement of the solar cell performance compared to similar devices where no complexation takes place. Coevaporated bulk heterojunction mixed-layers are introduced between the pristine layers. In these optimized structures short circuit currents up to 13 mA/cm2 are observed. We investigate the voltage dependence of the spectrally resolved photocurrent of ZnPc / Buckminsterfullerene bilayer solar cells and interpret the results in terms of the Gärtner model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganic Optoelectronics and Photonics II
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventOrganic Optoelectronics and Photonics II - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 3 Apr 20066 Apr 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceOrganic Optoelectronics and Photonics II


  • Fullerenes
  • Gärtner model
  • Organic solar cells
  • Small molecules
  • Zinc phthalocyanine
  • ZnPc


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