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Fabrication of an Organic p-n Homojunction Diode Using Electrochemically Cation- and Photochemically Anion-Doped Polymer

Kazuo Yamashita, Yoshihito Kunugi, Yutaka Harima, Al-Nakib Chowdhury

Division of Material and Life Sciences, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-7-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739, Japan

(Received December 12, 1994; accepted for publication March 18, 1995)

An organic p-n homojunction has been successfully constructed in a single strip of poly(3-methylthiophene) (PMT) film by electrochemical cation doping on one side and photosensitized anion doping on the other side. The rectifying effect observed with the Al/(cation:anion)-doped PMT/Au cell provides evidence for the formation of a p-n homojunction in the PMT film since both Al/cation-doped PMT/Al and Au/anion-doped PMT/Au cells exhibit ohmic behavior. The formation of p-n homojunction can be inferred from measured work functions of the electrochemically cation-doped PMT, photochemically anion-doped PMT, Al and Au films. The p-n homojunction cell yields a short-circuit photocurrent of 0.16 µ A· cm-2, an open-circuit photovoltage of 0.23 V and a fill factor of 0.30. These voltaic and photovoltaic properties are found to be superior to those of the polymer diode based on a p-n junction made by pressure contact of the p-doped PMT film with the n-doped PMT film.

URL: http://jjap.jsap.jp/link?JJAP/34/3794/
DOI: 10.1143/JJAP.34.3794
KEYWORDS:p-n homojunction, polymer diode, photosensitized doping, electrochemical doping, poly(3-methylthiophene), photosensitizer, photoactivity, work function, conductivity


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