A fullerene-single wall carbon nanotube complex for polymer bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells

Cheng Li, Yuhong Chen, Yubing Wang, Zafar Iqbal, Manish Chhowalla, Somenath Mitra

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A novel immobilized fullerene-single wall carbon nanotube (C 60-SWCNT) complex was synthesized via a microwave induced functionalization approach. It has been used as a component of the photoactive layer in a bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cell. As compared to a control device with only C60, the addition of SWCNTs resulted in an improvement of both the short circuit current density JSC and the fill factor (FF). This device takes advantage of the electron accepting feature of C60 and the high electron transport capability of SWCNTs. The results indicate that C60 decorated SWCNTs are promising additives for performance enhancement of polymer photovoltaic cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2406-2411
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Jun 13 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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