Symmetry-Breaking Charge Transfer in a Zinc Chlorodipyrrin Acceptor for High Open Circuit Voltage Organic Photovoltaics

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Title:
Symmetry-Breaking Charge Transfer in a Zinc Chlorodipyrrin Acceptor for High Open Circuit Voltage Organic Photovoltaics
Authors:
Bartynski, Andrew N.; Gruber, Mark; Das, Saptaparna; Rangan, Sylvie; Mollinger, Sonya; Trinh, Cong; Bradforth, Stephen E.; Vandewal, Koen; Salleo, Alberto; Bartynski, Robert A.; Bruetting, Wolfgang; Thompson, Mark E.
Abstract:
© 2015 American Chemical Society. Low open-circuit voltages significantly limit the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic devices. Typical strategies to enhance the open-circuit voltage involve tuning the HOMO and LUMO positions of the donor (D) and acceptor (A), respectively, to increase the interfacial energy gap or to tailor the donor or acceptor structure at the D/A interface. Here, we present an alternative approach to improve the open-circuit voltage through the use of a zinc chlorodipyrrin, ZCl [bis(dodecachloro-5-mesityldipyrrinato)zinc], as an acceptor, which undergoes symmetry-breaking charge transfer (CT) at the donor/acceptor interface. DBP/ZCl cells exhibit open-circuit voltages of 1.33 V compared to 0.88 V for analogous tetraphenyldibenzoperyflanthrene (DBP)/C60-based devices. Charge transfer state energies measured by Fourier-transform photocurrent spectroscopy and electroluminescence show that C60 forms a CT state of 1.45 ± 0.05 eV in a DBP/C60-based organic photovoltaic device, while ZCl as acceptor gives a CT state energy of 1.70 ± 0.05 eV in the corresponding device structure. In the ZCl device this results in an energetic loss between ECT and qVOC of 0.37 eV, substantially less than the 0.6 eV typically observed for organic systems and equal to the recombination losses seen in high-efficiency Si and GaAs devices. The substantial increase in open-circuit voltage and reduction in recombination losses for devices utilizing ZCl demonstrate the great promise of symmetry-breaking charge transfer in organic photovoltaic devices.
Citation:
Bartynski AN, Gruber M, Das S, Rangan S, Mollinger S, et al. (2015) Symmetry-Breaking Charge Transfer in a Zinc Chlorodipyrrin Acceptor for High Open Circuit Voltage Organic Photovoltaics. Journal of the American Chemical Society 137: 5397–5405. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b00146.
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American Chemical Society (ACS)
Journal:
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Issue Date:
29-Apr-2015
DOI:
10.1021/jacs.5b00146
PubMed ID:
25826321
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0002-7863; 1520-5126
Sponsors:
The authors would like to acknowledge the following agencies for funding of this work: The Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences as part of Energy Frontier Research Center program, the Center for Energy Nanoscience (DE-SC0001013, A.N.B., C.T., S.D., S.E.B.), NanoFlex Power Corp. (M.E.T.). King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), through the Center for Molecular Photovoltaics (CAMP) is gratefully acknowledged. S.M. acknowledges support from a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. The authors also thank Bavaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC) (M.G, W.B.). R.A.B. and S.R. were supported through grant NSF-CHE 1213727.
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dc.contributor.authorBartynski, Andrew N.en
dc.contributor.authorGruber, Marken
dc.contributor.authorDas, Saptaparnaen
dc.contributor.authorRangan, Sylvieen
dc.contributor.authorMollinger, Sonyaen
dc.contributor.authorTrinh, Congen
dc.contributor.authorBradforth, Stephen E.en
dc.contributor.authorVandewal, Koenen
dc.contributor.authorSalleo, Albertoen
dc.contributor.authorBartynski, Robert A.en
dc.contributor.authorBruetting, Wolfgangen
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Mark E.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-28T06:10:42Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-28T06:10:42Zen
dc.date.issued2015-04-29en
dc.identifier.citationBartynski AN, Gruber M, Das S, Rangan S, Mollinger S, et al. (2015) Symmetry-Breaking Charge Transfer in a Zinc Chlorodipyrrin Acceptor for High Open Circuit Voltage Organic Photovoltaics. Journal of the American Chemical Society 137: 5397–5405. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b00146.en
dc.identifier.issn0002-7863en
dc.identifier.issn1520-5126en
dc.identifier.pmid25826321en
dc.identifier.doi10.1021/jacs.5b00146en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/599825en
dc.description.abstract© 2015 American Chemical Society. Low open-circuit voltages significantly limit the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic devices. Typical strategies to enhance the open-circuit voltage involve tuning the HOMO and LUMO positions of the donor (D) and acceptor (A), respectively, to increase the interfacial energy gap or to tailor the donor or acceptor structure at the D/A interface. Here, we present an alternative approach to improve the open-circuit voltage through the use of a zinc chlorodipyrrin, ZCl [bis(dodecachloro-5-mesityldipyrrinato)zinc], as an acceptor, which undergoes symmetry-breaking charge transfer (CT) at the donor/acceptor interface. DBP/ZCl cells exhibit open-circuit voltages of 1.33 V compared to 0.88 V for analogous tetraphenyldibenzoperyflanthrene (DBP)/C60-based devices. Charge transfer state energies measured by Fourier-transform photocurrent spectroscopy and electroluminescence show that C60 forms a CT state of 1.45 ± 0.05 eV in a DBP/C60-based organic photovoltaic device, while ZCl as acceptor gives a CT state energy of 1.70 ± 0.05 eV in the corresponding device structure. In the ZCl device this results in an energetic loss between ECT and qVOC of 0.37 eV, substantially less than the 0.6 eV typically observed for organic systems and equal to the recombination losses seen in high-efficiency Si and GaAs devices. The substantial increase in open-circuit voltage and reduction in recombination losses for devices utilizing ZCl demonstrate the great promise of symmetry-breaking charge transfer in organic photovoltaic devices.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to acknowledge the following agencies for funding of this work: The Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences as part of Energy Frontier Research Center program, the Center for Energy Nanoscience (DE-SC0001013, A.N.B., C.T., S.D., S.E.B.), NanoFlex Power Corp. (M.E.T.). King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), through the Center for Molecular Photovoltaics (CAMP) is gratefully acknowledged. S.M. acknowledges support from a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. The authors also thank Bavaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC) (M.G, W.B.). R.A.B. and S.R. were supported through grant NSF-CHE 1213727.en
dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)en
dc.titleSymmetry-Breaking Charge Transfer in a Zinc Chlorodipyrrin Acceptor for High Open Circuit Voltage Organic Photovoltaicsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the American Chemical Societyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of Southern California, Los Angeles, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversitat Augsburg, Augsburg, Germanyen
dc.contributor.institutionRutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionStanford University, Palo Alto, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionTechnische Universitat Dresden, Dresden, Germanyen

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