Modified photo-current response of an organic photodiode by using V2O5 in both hole and electron transport layers

Abdullah, Shahino Mah and Rafique, Saqib and Azmer, Mohamad Izzat and Jilani, Asim and Sajith, V.K. and Supangat, Azzuliani (2018) Modified photo-current response of an organic photodiode by using V2O5 in both hole and electron transport layers. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 272. pp. 334-340. ISSN 0924-4247, DOI

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In this study, we demonstrate a novel approach to use vanadium pentaoxide (V2O5) as a single material that can simultaneously function as both electron blocking and transport layers (EBLs and ETLs) in an organic photo-detector (OPD). Composite of V2O5 and PEDOT:PSS was introduced as hole transport layer (HTL) whereas, single V2O5 film was utilised as an ETL. The resultant device had the ITO/PEDOT:PSS+V2O5/PCDTBT:PC71BM/ V2O5/Al architecture and exhibited a new range of photo-current as well as showed an enhanced photo-response. For comparison, we also fabricated devices with ITO/PCDTBT:PC71BM/Al, ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PCDTBT:PC71BM/Al and ITO/PEDOT:PSS+V2O5/PCDTBT:PC71BM/Al architectures. The device with ITO/PCDTBT:PC71BM/Al architecture showed a photo-response in the range of ∼2.3 (OFF) to ∼6.7 mA/cm2 (ON) which increased to almost double after the inclusion of PEDOT:PSS as an HTL and reached to ∼2.3 and ∼12.6 mA/cm2 in OFF and ON states, respectively. In the third variant of devices with the addition of V2O5 in PEDOT:PSS to form a composite HTL, the photo-response narrowed down to ∼5.4 (OFF) and ∼12.6 mA/cm2 (ON). Lastly, the new approach with the addition of an ultrathin V2O5 layer as an ETL along with composite HTL demonstrated a new range of photo-current with enhanced photo-response in the range of 13.2 mA/cm2 (OFF) and ∼20.7 mA/cm2 (ON). The findings of the current work suggest that addition of V2O5 based ETL has tuned both photo-current and response range of the OPDs. In addition, inclusion of V2O5 into the PEDOT:PSS could effectively block the electrons due to its large band-gap.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya Research Grant ( RP026C-15AFR ), Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FP046-2015A) from the Ministry of Education Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organic photodiode; Transport layer; V2O5; Photo-response; Light sensing
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 03:41
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 03:41

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