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Sensors 2015, 15(1), 965-978;

PFO-DBT:MEH-PPV:PC71BM Ternary Blend Assisted Platform as a Photodetector

Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre (LDMRC), Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Received: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 3 December 2014 / Published: 7 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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We present a ternary blend-based bulk heterojunction ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PFO-DBT: MEH-PPV:PC71BM/LiF/Al photodetector. Enhanced optical absorption range of the active film has been achieved by blending two donor components viz. poly[2,7-(9,9-di-octyl-fluorene)-alt-4,7-bis(thiophen-2-yl)benzo-2,1,3-thiadiazole] (PFO-DBT) and poly(2-methoxy-5(2'-ethylhexyloxy) phenylenevinylene (MEH-PPV) along with an acceptor component, i.e., (6,6)-phenyl-C71 hexnoic acid methyl ester. The dependency of the generation rate of free charge carriers in the organic photodetector (OPD) on varied incident optical power density was investigated as a function of different reverse biasing voltages. The photocurrent showed significant enhancement as the intensity of light impinging on active area of OPD is increased. The ratio of Ilight to Idark of fabricated device at −3 V was ~3.5 × 104. The dynamic behaviour of the OPD under on/off switching irradiation revealed that sensor exhibits quick response and recovery time of ∼800 ms and 500 ms, respectively. Besides reliability and repeatability in the photoresponse characteristics, the cost-effective and eco-friendly fabrication is the added benefit of the fabricated OPD. View Full-Text
Keywords: PFO-DBT; MEH-PPV; ternary blend; organic photodetector PFO-DBT; MEH-PPV; ternary blend; organic photodetector
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Zafar, Q.; Ahmad, Z.; Sulaiman, K. PFO-DBT:MEH-PPV:PC71BM Ternary Blend Assisted Platform as a Photodetector. Sensors 2015, 15, 965-978.

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