Composites of carbon nanotubes and conjugated polymers for photovoltaic devices

Hiroki Ago, Klaus Petritsch, Milo S.P. Shaffer, Alan H. Windle, Richard H. Friend

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The optical and photovoltaic properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) and polyphenylene vinylene (PPV) composite were investigated. The composite was realized by spin-coating the PPV precursor on thin MWNT films and subsequent conversion at high temperature. A drastic reduction of the photoluminescence efficiency was the result of energy transfer and partial hole transfer from PPV chains to MWNTs, together with the scattering and absorption by MWNTs. Photovoltaic devices were fabricated using the composite, employing MWNT as a hole-collecting electrode. Good quantum efficiency was obtained, about twice than the standard indium tin oxide device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1285
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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