Digital Inkjet Printing of High-Efficiency Large-Area Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells
AuthorsCorzo Diaz, Daniel Alejandro
Rosas Villalva, Diego
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
Material Science and Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
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AbstractNovel emerging materials for organic solar cells, such as nonfullerene acceptors, are paving the way for commercialization of organic photovoltaics. Their utilization in unconventional applications, such as conformable and disposable electronics, has turned the focus to inkjet printing as a fabrication method with advantages including low material usage, rapid digital design changes, and high resolution. In this work, the fabrication of efficient nonfullerene acceptor devices through inkjet printing for organic photovoltaic applications is reported for the first time. The engineering of printable poly-3-hexylthiophene:rhodanine-benzothiadiazole-coupled indacenodithiophene (P3HT:O-IDTBR) inks is centered on tuning the rheological properties for proper droplet ejection and the selection of solvents, including hydrocarbons, that meet solubility and volatility requirements to avoid common inkjet printing complications like nozzle clogging. The optimization of printing parameters including drop spacing and deposition temperatures results in homogeneous P3HT:O-IDTBR films with device efficiencies of up to 6.47% for small lab-scale devices (0.1 cm2), comparable with that of spin-coating or blade-coating. A 2 cm2 inkjet-printed device is also shown to achieve a remarkable efficiency of 6%. To demonstrate their potential usage in customized applications, large-area devices are fabricated in the shape of a marine turtle with 4.76% efficiency, showcasing the versatility of the inkjet-printing process for efficient organic photovoltaics.
CitationCorzo D, Almasabi K, Bihar E, Macphee S, Rosas-Villalva D, et al. (2019) Digital Inkjet Printing of High-Efficiency Large-Area Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells. Advanced Materials Technologies: 1900040. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admt.201900040.
SponsorsThis work was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science Technology (KAUST).
JournalAdvanced Materials Technologies