Organic photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of P3HT:PCBM blend layer was prepared with an aluminum (Al) back electrode. After the final thermal annealing the Al layer was partially removed. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM) was used to measure photovoltage response to illumination by a solar spectrum light as a function of time (up to 3 weeks). Comparison of the same KPFM measurement on the areas with and without Al revealed differences in both morphology and photovoltage response to illumination. The data are discussed with view to reducing degradation of organic PV devices.Keywords: Organic photovoltaics, Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy, degradation
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