A Versatile Technique for the Fabrication of PEDOT: PSS Films for Organic Solar Cells

Ashwith K. Chilvery, Ashok K. Batra, Padmaja Guggilla, R. B. Lal, Raja Surabhi


Organic solar cells hold the potential of low-cost production as compared to inorganic solar cells, as well as the increase in efficiency. To realize these possibilities, the key is to fabricate most of the functional films in requisite structures via ambient solution-processed techniques. The PEDOT: PSS films, which are commonly used as an anode layer in organic electronic devices, were deposited on large-area ITO glass substrates under optimized conditions. The spin, spray, brush and brush+spray-coating techniques were utilized to examine their suitability in the fabrication of organic solar cells (OSCs). The films were characterized for their morphology, molecular structure, optical and electrical properties and results are compared with the existing data. A smooth and thin films of PEDOT: PSS were obtained by “Spray+Brush” coating method with attractive sheet-conductivity having  potential in fabricating OSCs with different architectures.

Key words: Organic solar cells; PEDOT: PSS films; Solution-processed techniques


Organic solar cells; PEDOT: PSS films; Solution-processed techniques

Full Text:



[1] Zhu, D.X., Shen, W.D., Ye, H., Liu, X., & Zhen, H.Y. (2008). Determination of the Optical Constants of Polymer Light-Emitting Diode Films from Single Reflection Measurements. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 41(23), 235104.

[2] Dolakia, D. A., Solanki, G., Patel, S. G., & Agarwal, M. (2003). Optical Band Gap Studies of Tungsten Sulphoselenide Single Crystals Grown by DVT Technique. Scientia Iranica, 10, 373-382.

[3] Green, R., Morfa, A., Ferguson, A. J., Kopidakis, N., Rumbles, G., & Shaheen, S. E. (2008). Performance of Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices Prepared by Airbrush Spray Deposition. Applied Physics Letters, 92(3), 033301. doi:10.1063/1.2836267

[4] Lee, I., Lee, S., Kim, H., Lee, H., & Kim, Y. (2010). Polymer Solar Cells with Polymer/Carbon Nanotubes Composite Hole Collecting Buffer Layers. The Open Physical Chemistry Journal, 4, 1-3.

[5] Liang, Y., & Yu, L. (2010). Development of Semiconducting Polymers for Solar Energy Harvesting. Polymer Reviews, 50, 454-473.

[6] Mantovani, N. A., Janssen, R. A. J., & Kemerink, M. (2008). A Morphological Model for Solvent-Enhanced Conductivity of PEDOT: PSS Thin Films. Advanced Functional Materials, 18, 865-871.

[7] Mauger, S. A., & Moule, A. J. (2011). Characterization of New Transparent Organic Electrode Materials. Organic Electronics, 12, 1948-1956.

[8] Na, S. I., Yu, B. K., Kim, S. S., Vak, D., Kim, T. S., Yeo, J. S., & Kim, D. Y. (2010). Fully Spray-Coated ITO-Free Organic Solar Cells for Low-Cost Power Generation. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 94(8), 1333-1337. doi:10.1016/j.solmat.2010.01.003

[9] Ouyang, J., Chu, C.W., Chen, F.C., Xu, Q., & Yang, Y. (2004). Polymer Optoelectronic Devices with High-Conductivity Poly (3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene) Anodes. Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A, 41(12), 1497-1511. doi:10.1081/MA-200035426

[10] Tsang, S., Tse, S., Tong, K. L., & So, S. K. (2006). PEDOT: PSS Polymeric Conducting Anode for Admittance Spectroscopy. Organic Electronics, 7, 474-479.

[11] Vasselinka, P., Rudolf, H., & Adolf, G. (2009). High-Efficient Low-Cost Photovoltaics (pp. 228). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

[12] Zheng, Y., & Xue, J. (2010). Organic Photovoltaic Cells Based on Molecular Donar-Acceptor Heterojunctions. Polymer Reviews, 50, 420-453.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.est.1923847920120402.528

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/g3188


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c)

Share us to:   


If you have already registered in Journal A and plan to submit article(s) to Journal B, please click the CATEGORIES, or JOURNALS A-Z on the right side of the "HOME".

We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases: caooc@hotmail.com; est@cscanada.net; est@cscanada.org

 Articles published in Energy Science and Technology are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY).


Address: 1020 Bouvier Street, Suite 400, Quebec City, Quebec, G2K 0K9, Canada. 
Telephone: 1-514-558 6138 
Website: Http://www.cscanada.net Http://www.cscanada.org 
E-mailest@cscanada.net; est@cscanada.org

Copyright © 2010 Canadian Research & Development Centre of Sciences and Cultures