High-efficiency and air-stable P3HT-based polymer solar cells with a new non-fullerene acceptor

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Title:
High-efficiency and air-stable P3HT-based polymer solar cells with a new non-fullerene acceptor
Authors:
Holliday, Sarah; Ashraf, Raja Shahid; Wadsworth, Andrew ( 0000-0002-9050-0599 ) ; Baran, Derya; Yousaf, Syeda Amber; Nielsen, Christian B.; Tan, Ching-Hong; Dimitrov, Stoichko D.; Shang, Zhengrong; Gasparini, Nicola; Alamoudi, Maha; Laquai, Frederic ( 0000-0002-5887-6158 ) ; Brabec, Christoph J.; Salleo, Alberto; Durrant, James R.; McCulloch, Iain ( 0000-0002-6340-7217 )
Abstract:
Solution-processed organic photovoltaics (OPV) offer the attractive prospect of low-cost, light-weight and environmentally benign solar energy production. The highest efficiency OPV at present use low-bandgap donor polymers, many of which suffer from problems with stability and synthetic scalability. They also rely on fullerene-based acceptors, which themselves have issues with cost, stability and limited spectral absorption. Here we present a new non-fullerene acceptor that has been specifically designed to give improved performance alongside the wide bandgap donor poly(3-hexylthiophene), a polymer with significantly better prospects for commercial OPV due to its relative scalability and stability. Thanks to the well-matched optoelectronic and morphological properties of these materials, efficiencies of 6.4% are achieved which is the highest reported for fullerene-free P3HT devices. In addition, dramatically improved air stability is demonstrated relative to other high-efficiency OPV, showing the excellent potential of this new material combination for future technological applications.
KAUST Department:
Solar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center (SPERC)
Citation:
High-efficiency and air-stable P3HT-based polymer solar cells with a new non-fullerene acceptor 2016, 7:11585 Nature Communications
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Nature Communications
Issue Date:
9-Jun-2016
DOI:
10.1038/ncomms11585
Type:
Article
ISSN:
2041-1723
Sponsors:
We thank BASF for partial financial support, as well as EPSRC Projects EP/G037515/1 and EP/M023532/1, EC FP7 Project SC2 (610115), EC FP7 Project ArtESun (604397), EC FP7 Project POLYMED (612538), Project Synthetic carbon allotropes project SFB 953 and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). George Richardson is gratefully acknowledged for his assistance with optical microscopy. M.A. thanks Z. Kan and Y. Firdaus for helpful discussions.
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dc.contributor.authorHolliday, Sarahen
dc.contributor.authorAshraf, Raja Shahiden
dc.contributor.authorWadsworth, Andrewen
dc.contributor.authorBaran, Deryaen
dc.contributor.authorYousaf, Syeda Amberen
dc.contributor.authorNielsen, Christian B.en
dc.contributor.authorTan, Ching-Hongen
dc.contributor.authorDimitrov, Stoichko D.en
dc.contributor.authorShang, Zhengrongen
dc.contributor.authorGasparini, Nicolaen
dc.contributor.authorAlamoudi, Mahaen
dc.contributor.authorLaquai, Fredericen
dc.contributor.authorBrabec, Christoph J.en
dc.contributor.authorSalleo, Albertoen
dc.contributor.authorDurrant, James R.en
dc.contributor.authorMcCulloch, Iainen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T09:10:24Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-14T09:10:24Z-
dc.date.issued2016-06-09-
dc.identifier.citationHigh-efficiency and air-stable P3HT-based polymer solar cells with a new non-fullerene acceptor 2016, 7:11585 Nature Communicationsen
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723-
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/ncomms11585-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/612973-
dc.description.abstractSolution-processed organic photovoltaics (OPV) offer the attractive prospect of low-cost, light-weight and environmentally benign solar energy production. The highest efficiency OPV at present use low-bandgap donor polymers, many of which suffer from problems with stability and synthetic scalability. They also rely on fullerene-based acceptors, which themselves have issues with cost, stability and limited spectral absorption. Here we present a new non-fullerene acceptor that has been specifically designed to give improved performance alongside the wide bandgap donor poly(3-hexylthiophene), a polymer with significantly better prospects for commercial OPV due to its relative scalability and stability. Thanks to the well-matched optoelectronic and morphological properties of these materials, efficiencies of 6.4% are achieved which is the highest reported for fullerene-free P3HT devices. In addition, dramatically improved air stability is demonstrated relative to other high-efficiency OPV, showing the excellent potential of this new material combination for future technological applications.en
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank BASF for partial financial support, as well as EPSRC Projects EP/G037515/1 and EP/M023532/1, EC FP7 Project SC2 (610115), EC FP7 Project ArtESun (604397), EC FP7 Project POLYMED (612538), Project Synthetic carbon allotropes project SFB 953 and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). George Richardson is gratefully acknowledged for his assistance with optical microscopy. M.A. thanks Z. Kan and Y. Firdaus for helpful discussions.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/ncomms11585en
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dc.titleHigh-efficiency and air-stable P3HT-based polymer solar cells with a new non-fullerene acceptoren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentSolar and Photovoltaic Engineering Research Center (SPERC)en
dc.identifier.journalNature Communicationsen
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Chemistry and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UKen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Physics, Government College University, Lahore 54000, Pakistanen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 476 Lomita Mall, Stanford, California 94305, USAen
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, 91058 Erlangen, Germanyen
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)en
kaust.authorAlamoudi, Mahaen
kaust.authorLaquai, Fredericen
kaust.authorMcCulloch, Iainen
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