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Failure analysis in ITO-free all-solution processed organic solar cells

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Author: Galagan, Y. · Eggenhuisen, T.M. · Coenen, M.J.J. · Biezemans, A.F.K.V. · Verhees, W.J.H. · Veenstra, S.C. · Groen, W.A. · Andriessen, R. · Janssen, R.A.J.
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Source:Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 41, 3, 20567-20578
Identifier: 528807
doi: doi:10.1039/c5ta04463d
Keywords: Energy Industry · Failure analysis · All solutions · Cell architectures · Failure mechanism · ITO free · Organic solar cells · Industrial Innovation · Nano Technology · TFT - Thin Film Technology · TS - Technical Sciences


In this paper we discuss a problem-solving methodology and present guidance for troubleshooting defects in ITO-free all-solution processed organic solar cells with an inverted cell architecture. A systematic approach for identifying the main causes of failures in devices is presented. Comprehensive analysis of the identified failure mechanisms allowed us to propose practical solutions for further avoiding and eliminating failures in all-solution processed organic solar cells. Implementation of the proposed solutions has significantly improved the yield and quality of all-solution processed organic solar cells. This journal is cop. The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.