Formation of nanopatterned polymer blends in photovoltaic devices

Ximin He, Feng Gao, Guoli Tu, David Hasko, Sven Hüttner, Ullrich Steiner, Neil C. Greenham, Richard H. Friend, Wilhelm T.S. Huck

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In this paper, we demonstrate a double nanoimprinting process that allows the formation of nanostructured polymer heterojunctions of composition and morphology that can be selected independently. We fabricated photovoltaic (PV) devices with extremely high densities (1014/mm2) of interpenetrating nanoscale columnar features in the active polymer blend layer. The smallest feature sizes are as small as 25 nm on a 50 nm pitch, which results in a spacing of heterojunctions at or below the exciton diffusion length. Photovoltaic devices based on double-imprinted poly((9,9-dioctylfluorene)-2,7- diyl-alt-[4,7-bis(3-hexylthien-5-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole]-2′, 2″-diyl) (F8TBT)/ poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films are among the best polymer?polymer blend devices reported to date with a power conversion efficiency (PCE, ηe) of 1.9%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1302-1307
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 14 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Nanoimprint lithography
  • Nanoscale morphology
  • Polymer blends
  • Polymer photovoltaics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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