An Efficient, “Burn in” Free Organic Solar Cell Employing a Nonfullerene Electron Acceptor
Wyatt, Mark F.
Durrant, James R.
KAUST DepartmentChemical Science Program
KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
Material Science and Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
KAUST Grant NumberOSR-2015-CRG4-2572
Online Publication Date2017-06-28
Print Publication Date2017-09
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/625643
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AbstractA comparison of the efficiency, stability, and photophysics of organic solar cells employing poly[(5,6-difluoro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazol-4,7-diyl)-alt-(3,3'″-di(2-octyldodecyl)-2,2';5',2″;5″,2'″-quaterthiophen-5,5'″-diyl)] (PffBT4T-2OD) as a donor polymer blended with either the nonfullerene acceptor EH-IDTBR or the fullerene derivative, [6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71 BM) as electron acceptors is reported. Inverted PffBT4T-2OD:EH-IDTBR blend solar cell fabricated without any processing additive achieves power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 9.5 ± 0.2%. The devices exhibit a high open circuit voltage of 1.08 ± 0.01 V, attributed to the high lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) level of EH-IDTBR. Photoluminescence quenching and transient absorption data are employed to elucidate the ultrafast kinetics and efficiencies of charge separation in both blends, with PffBT4T-2OD exciton diffusion kinetics within polymer domains, and geminate recombination losses following exciton separation being identified as key factors determining the efficiency of photocurrent generation. Remarkably, while encapsulated PffBT4T-2OD:PC71 BM solar cells show significant efficiency loss under simulated solar irradiation (“burn in” degradation) due to the trap-assisted recombination through increased photoinduced trap states, PffBT4T-2OD:EH-IDTBR solar cell shows negligible burn in efficiency loss. Furthermore, PffBT4T-2OD:EH-IDTBR solar cells are found to be substantially more stable under 85 °C thermal stress than PffBT4T-2OD:PC71BM devices.
CitationCha H, Wu J, Wadsworth A, Nagitta J, Limbu S, et al. (2017) An Efficient, “Burn in” Free Organic Solar Cell Employing a Nonfullerene Electron Acceptor. Advanced Materials 29: 1701156. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201701156.
SponsorsThe authors gratefully acknowledge funding supported by KAUST under the Grant Agreement number OSR-2015-CRG4-2572, the EU FP7 project CHEETAH, the EPSRC through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Plastic Electronics (EP/L0160702/1) and thank Pabitra Shakya for assistance in device fabrication.
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