In this work, boron-doped CQDs (B-CQDs) were synthesized by using boric acid, urea, and citric acid via hydrothermal method to use as a novel additive material for poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) based organic solar cells. The OSCs with an inverted device structure were fabricated on titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin film. It was showed the crystallinity, morphological and optical properties of P3HT:PCBM films improved after B-CQDs additive. The best performance was obtained to be a 39.65% of FF, a 546 mV of Voc, an 8.606 mA cm-2 of Jsc after 3 vol.% B-CQDs addition in P3HT:PCBM blend. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) enhanced from 1.72% (non-doped device) to 2.33% (3% of B-CQDs) (a ~ 35% increase). The obtained results provided that B-CQDs are promising materials to improve the performance of solar cell applications. The novelty of this work is to improve the performance of OSCs using cost-effective and eco-friendly Boron CQDs as an additive. Besides, to achieve a good PCE of OSCs, it is necessary for utilized clean and green energy.
"The hydrothermal synthesis of blue-emitting boron-doped CQDs and its application for improving the photovoltaic parameters of organic solar cell,"
Turkish Journal of Chemistry: Vol. 45:
6, Article 14.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/chem/vol45/iss6/14