Flexible organic photovoltaics from zinc oxide nanowires grown on transparent and conducting single walled carbon nanotube thin films

Husnu Emrah Unalan, Pritesh Hiralal, Daniel Kuo, Bhavin Parekh, Gehan Amaratunga, Manish Chhowalla

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Abstract

The fabrication of flexible organic photovoltaics (OPVs) which utilize transparent and conducting single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) thin films as current collecting electrodes on plastic substrates in zinc oxide nanowire (ZnO NW)/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices is reported. The bulk heterojunctions for exciton dissociation are created by directly growing ZnO nanowires from solution on the SWNT electrodes and spin coating the P3HT polymer. A maximum OPV power conversion efficiency of ∼0.6% was achieved. Our results indicate that nanotube-nanowire hybrids fabricated via solution based methods are promising for optoelectronic and energy harvesting devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5909-5912
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Volume18
Issue number48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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