Application of Polymer Materials in Optoelectronic Devices

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 4350

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Interests: energy devices (organic solar cell, polymer solar cell); display devices (OLED, QLED, perovskite LED); solution process (inkjet printing, spin coating)
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Dear Colleagues,

As the 4th industrial revolution and the IoT era approaches, interest in optoelectronic devices is rapidly increasing.

Optoelectronics characterized by being thin, light, flexible and stretchable can be applied to solar cells, displays, and sensors using polymer, organic, and quantum-dot materials.

Therefore, this Special Issue will cover research papers of optoelectronic devices using polymers and detailed fields as follows:

  1. Solar cell devices using polymer material (ex. organic solar cell, polymer solar cell, quantum dot solar cell, and perovskite solar cell).
  2. Light-emitting devices using polymer material (ex. organic light emitting diode, quantum-dot light emitting diode, and perovskite light emitting diode).
  3. Sensor devices using polymer material (ex. polymer photo-detector).
  4. Solution process for optoelectronic devices (ex. inkjet printing process and spin coating process).

Dr. Jun Young Kim
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Keywords

  • organic solar cell
  • polymer solar cell
  • quantum dot solar cell
  • quantum dot solar cell
  • perovskite solar cell
  • polymer photo-detector
  • organic light-emitting diode
  • quantum-dot light-emitting diode
  • perovskite light-emitting diode
  • Inkjet printing process
  • spin-coating process

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Optimizing Transport Carrier Free All-Polymer Solar Cells for Indoor Applications: TCAD Simulation under White LED Illumination
by Marwa S. Salem, Mohamed Okil, Ahmed Shaker, Mohamed Abouelatta, Arwa N. Aledaily, Kawther A. Al-Dhlan, Mohammad T. Alshammari, Mostafa M. Salah and Mona El Sabbagh
Polymers 2024, 16(10), 1412; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16101412 - 16 May 2024
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This work inspects the utilization of all-polymer solar cells (APSCs) in indoor applications under LED illumination, with a focus on boosting efficiency through simulation-based design. The study employs a SCAPS TCAD device simulator to investigate the performance of APSCs under white LED illumination [...] Read more.
This work inspects the utilization of all-polymer solar cells (APSCs) in indoor applications under LED illumination, with a focus on boosting efficiency through simulation-based design. The study employs a SCAPS TCAD device simulator to investigate the performance of APSCs under white LED illumination at 1000 lux, with a power density of 0.305 mW/cm2. Initially, the simulator is validated against experimental results obtained from a fabricated cell utilizing CD1:PBN-21 as an absorber blend and PEDOT:PSS as a hole transportation layer (HTL), where the initial measured efficiency is 16.75%. The simulation study includes an examination of both inverted and conventional cell structures. In the conventional structure, where no electron transportation layer (ETL) is present, various materials are evaluated for their suitability as the HTL. NiO emerges as the most promising HTL material, demonstrating the potential to achieve an efficiency exceeding 27%. Conversely, in the inverted configuration without an HTL, the study explores different ETL materials to engineer the band alignment at the interface. Among the materials investigated, ZnS emerges as the optimal choice, recording an efficiency of approximately 33%. In order to reveal the efficiency limitations of these devices, the interface and bulk defects are concurrently investigated. The findings of this study underscore the significance of careful material selection and structural design in optimizing the performance of APSCs for indoor applications. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Application of Polymer Materials in Optoelectronic Devices)
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Single, Double and ETL-Sandwiched PVPy Interlayer Effect on Charge Injection Balance and Performance of Inverted Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes
by Collins Kiguye, Woo Jin Jeong, Gwang Hyun Jeong, Jin Ho Park, Hee Jung Kwak, Gun Woong Kim, Seok Hwan Jang and Jun Young Kim
Polymers 2023, 15(15), 3308; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15153308 - 4 Aug 2023
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A desire to achieve optimal electron transport from the electron transport layer (ETL) towards the emissive layer (EML) is an important research factor for the realization of high performance quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QD-LEDs). In this paper, we study the effect of a [...] Read more.
A desire to achieve optimal electron transport from the electron transport layer (ETL) towards the emissive layer (EML) is an important research factor for the realization of high performance quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QD-LEDs). In this paper, we study the effect of a single, double, and electron transport layer sandwiched Poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVPy here on) on the charge injection balance and on the overall device performance of InP-based red quantum dot light emitting diodes (red QD-LEDs). The results showed general improvement of device characteristic performance metrics such as operational life with incorporation of a PVPy interlayer. The best performance was observed at a lower concentration of PVPy (@ 0.1 mg/mL) in interlayer with continual worsening in performance as PVPy concentration in the interlayer increased in other fabricated devices. The AFM images obtained for the different materials reported improved surface morphology and overall improved surface properties, but decreased overall device performance as PVPy concentration in interlayer was increased. Furthermore, we fabricated two special devices: in the first special device, a single 0.1 mg/mL PVPy sandwiched between two ZnO ETL layers, and in the second special device, two 0.1 mg/mL PVPy interlayers were inter-sandwiched between two ZnO ETL layers. Particular emphasis was placed on monitoring the maximum obtained EQE and the maximum obtained luminance of all the devices. The first special device showed better all-round improved performance than the second special device compared to the reference device (without PVPy) and the device with a single 0.1 mg/mL PVPy interlayer stacked between ZnO ETL and the emissive layer. Full article
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