We studied the quantum confinement-tunable ultrafast charge transfer at the PbS quantum dot and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) interface as a model system. In this work, we added a piece to the puzzle with a careful investigation into how light affects electrons at the space between PbS QDs and PCBM electron accepting components commonly used in solar cells.
We carefully selected three porphyrin structures with different charge localizations of the meso unit and different redox properties of the porphyrin cavity to understand the ultrafast electron injection event at the GC–porphyrin interface from the molecular structure point of view.
We applies several laser spectroscopic techniques using a variety of QDs including Ag2S QDs, PbS QDs, and CdTe QDs not only to assess multi-carrier generation and intra-band relaxation pathways in semiconductor QDs, but also to understand the electronic states, including hot electrons involved in the excited QDs.
We developed a layer-by-layer (LbL) protocol as a facile, room-temperature, solution-processed method to prepare electron transport layers with a controlled and tunable porous structure, which provides large interfacial contacts with the active layer.
We have an especial interest in the effect of the incorporation of heavy metals into p-conjugated chromophores for the exploration of the triplet state and its impact on solar cells, and as such are exploring metallated DPP derivatives.