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Article: Enhanced hindrance from phenyl outer side chains on nonfullerene acceptor enables unprecedented simultaneous enhancement in organic solar cell performances with 16.7% efficiency

TitleEnhanced hindrance from phenyl outer side chains on nonfullerene acceptor enables unprecedented simultaneous enhancement in organic solar cell performances with 16.7% efficiency
Authors
KeywordsSide-chain engineering
Organic solar cell
Isomerization
Fullerene-free
Aggregated structure
Issue Date2020
Citation
Nano Energy, 2020, v. 76, article no. 105087 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2020 Elsevier Ltd Inner side-chain engineering on Y6 has been proven successful in improving short-circuit current density (JSC) through fine-tuning aggregated structures of acceptors. However, it fails in tuning the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level (LUMO) and open-circuit voltage (VOC). In this paper, we turn to focus on engineering the outer side chains on the flanking thienothiophene units with 4-hexylphenyl (PhC6) and 6-phenylhexyl (C6Ph) chains. Use of PhC6 enhances the steric effect between the attached phenyl and the ending group, which in combination with the additional conjugation effect provided by the linking phenyl leads to upshifted energy levels and increased VOC as a result. Again, substitution with the bulkier PhC6 unprecedentedly improves film-morphology with reduced paracrystalline disorder and long period and increased root-mean-square composition variations as well, leading to increased electron and hole mobilities and suppressed monomolecular recombination with JSC and fill-factor (FF) simultaneously enhanced. The PM6:BTP-PhC6-based devices yield a higher efficiency value of 16.7% than the PM6:BTP-C6Ph-based one (15.5%). Therefore, this study shows a conceptual advance in materials design towards reducing the conflict between VOC and JSC in binary blended organic solar cells, which can be achieved by introducing bulkier chains to twist the backbone and simultaneously enhance the packing order.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/285538
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2019 Impact Factor: 16.602
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 4.169

 

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dc.contributor.authorChai, Gaoda-
dc.contributor.authorChang, Yuan-
dc.contributor.authorPeng, Zhengxing-
dc.contributor.authorJia, Yanyan-
dc.contributor.authorZou, Xinhui-
dc.contributor.authorYu, Dian-
dc.contributor.authorYu, Han-
dc.contributor.authorChen, Yuzhong-
dc.contributor.authorChow, Philip C.Y.-
dc.contributor.authorWong, Kam Sing-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Jianquan-
dc.contributor.authorAde, Harald-
dc.contributor.authorYang, Liwei-
dc.contributor.authorZhan, Chuanlang-
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-18T04:56:00Z-
dc.date.available2020-08-18T04:56:00Z-
dc.date.issued2020-
dc.identifier.citationNano Energy, 2020, v. 76, article no. 105087-
dc.identifier.issn2211-2855-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/285538-
dc.description.abstract© 2020 Elsevier Ltd Inner side-chain engineering on Y6 has been proven successful in improving short-circuit current density (JSC) through fine-tuning aggregated structures of acceptors. However, it fails in tuning the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level (LUMO) and open-circuit voltage (VOC). In this paper, we turn to focus on engineering the outer side chains on the flanking thienothiophene units with 4-hexylphenyl (PhC6) and 6-phenylhexyl (C6Ph) chains. Use of PhC6 enhances the steric effect between the attached phenyl and the ending group, which in combination with the additional conjugation effect provided by the linking phenyl leads to upshifted energy levels and increased VOC as a result. Again, substitution with the bulkier PhC6 unprecedentedly improves film-morphology with reduced paracrystalline disorder and long period and increased root-mean-square composition variations as well, leading to increased electron and hole mobilities and suppressed monomolecular recombination with JSC and fill-factor (FF) simultaneously enhanced. The PM6:BTP-PhC6-based devices yield a higher efficiency value of 16.7% than the PM6:BTP-C6Ph-based one (15.5%). Therefore, this study shows a conceptual advance in materials design towards reducing the conflict between VOC and JSC in binary blended organic solar cells, which can be achieved by introducing bulkier chains to twist the backbone and simultaneously enhance the packing order.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofNano Energy-
dc.subjectSide-chain engineering-
dc.subjectOrganic solar cell-
dc.subjectIsomerization-
dc.subjectFullerene-free-
dc.subjectAggregated structure-
dc.titleEnhanced hindrance from phenyl outer side chains on nonfullerene acceptor enables unprecedented simultaneous enhancement in organic solar cell performances with 16.7% efficiency-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.nanoen.2020.105087-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85087103051-
dc.identifier.volume76-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 105087-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 105087-

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