A flexible textile structure based on polymeric photovoltaics using transparent cathode

Ayse Bedeloglu*, Ali Demir, Yalcin Bozkurt, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci

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This paper presents results for photovoltaic performance obtained from the application of different bulk heterojunction blends onto flexible polypropylene (PP) substrates for textile applications. Organic photovoltaic devices were fabricated onto non-transparent PP tapes and ITO coated glasses. The layer of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and PEDOT:PSS with 100 nm of silver (Ag) metal layer constituted anode structure and substituted indium tin oxide (ITO) layer in this study. The blends of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)-propyl-1-phenyl(6,6)C61 (P3HT:PCBM) or poly [2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy)-1-4-phenylene vinylene] and 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)-propyl-1-phenyl(6,6)C61 (MDMO-PPV:PCBM) were utilized as the absorbing materials. The thin metal layers of lithium fluoride (LiF) and aluminum (Al) were deposited on top of the devices by evaporation. All photovoltaic devices were characterized by measuring current-voltage (I-V) characteristics under simulated AM 1.5 conditions. The morphology of these devices using MDMO-PPV:PCBM and P3HT:PCBM blends was also investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2043-2048
Number of pages6
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number19-20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


Ayse Bedeloglu acknowledges the financial support of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) for the grants with reference numbers “2211” and “2214” and Scientific Research Projects (BAP) Council of Dokuz Eylul University of Turkey (research project number 2007.KB.FEN.38). Researchers in Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS) are also gratefully acknowledged. Experimental part of this work was performed within the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS).

FundersFunder number
Council of Dokuz Eylul University of TurkeyKB.FEN.38
British Association for Psychopharmacology
Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu


    • Fiber
    • Flexible
    • Non-transparent substrate
    • Organic solar cell
    • Polymeric photovoltaics
    • Polypropylene
    • Tape
    • Textile
    • Transparent cathode


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