All-Carbon Electrodes for Flexible Solar Cells
AbstractTransparent electrodes based on carbon nanomaterials have recently emerged as new alternatives to indium tin oxide (ITO) or noble metal in organic photovoltaics (OPVs) due to their attractive advantages, such as long-term stability, environmental friendliness, high conductivity, and low cost. However, it is still a challenge to apply all-carbon electrodes in OPVs. Here, we report our efforts to develop all-carbon electrodes in organic solar cells fabricated with different carbon-based materials, including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene films synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Flexible and semitransparent solar cells with all-carbon electrodes are successfully fabricated. The best power conversion efficiency achieved for the devices with all-carbon electrodes is 0.63%, comparable to the reported performance of OPVs using pristine CVD graphene films as anodes on rigid substrates (glass). Moreover, the current densities of as-obtained devices are comparable to those assembled with all-carbon active layers and standard electrodes (e.g., ITO and metal), which indicates that the all-carbon electrodes made of CNT and graphene films are suitably effective for carrier collection and extraction. Our results present the feasibility and potential of applying all-carbon electrodes based on graphitic nanomaterials in next-generation carbon-based photovoltaics. View Full-Text
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Zhang, Z.; Lv, R.; Jia, Y.; Gan, X.; Zhu, H.; Kang, F. All-Carbon Electrodes for Flexible Solar Cells. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 152.
Zhang Z, Lv R, Jia Y, Gan X, Zhu H, Kang F. All-Carbon Electrodes for Flexible Solar Cells. Applied Sciences. 2018; 8(2):152.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Zexia; Lv, Ruitao; Jia, Yi; Gan, Xin; Zhu, Hongwei; Kang, Feiyu. 2018. "All-Carbon Electrodes for Flexible Solar Cells." Appl. Sci. 8, no. 2: 152.
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