Graphene quantum dots with nitrogen and oxygen derived from simultaneous reaction of solvent as exfoliant and dopant

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Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are promising materials for optoelectronic devices because their band-gap, derived from quantum confinement and edge effects, can be easily tuned via their size or surface/edge states. In this paper, a novel approach to synthesize nitrogen-and oxygen-doped GQDs (NO-GQDs) is presented. Nitrogen and oxygen are mainly bound at the GQD edges, resulting in high crystallinity and good electrical properties. A simple solvothermal reaction using N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), whose surface energy is similar to that of graphite as a raw material, can simultaneously exfoliate, cut, and finally transform the graphite into the GQDs with heteroatoms derived from the decomposed NMP solution. The synthesized NO-GQDs have a less defective and more selectively edge-functionalized structure compared to other reported GQDs. The electrical properties of NO-GQDs are investigated using them as the additive of hole-transporting materials (HTMs) in an optoelectronic device such as perovskite solar cells (PeSCs). Compared with PEDOT:PSS, a mixture of NO-GQDs and PEDOT:PSS shows a 36.2% increase in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) (maximum PCE: 11.47%) and good device stability. Therefore, it is believed that the improvement of photovoltaics is solely attributed from NO-GQDs which act as a positive role of faster hole transfer. We could confirm that the NO-GQDs facilitate hole-extraction from a photoactive layer and guarantee the more stable operation of PeSCs.
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
Issue Date
2019-09
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, v.372, pp.624 - 630

ISSN
1385-8947
DOI
10.1016/j.cej.2019.04.192
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/262996
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CBE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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