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Effects of water vapor and oxygen on non-fullerene small molecule acceptors
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Department of Chemistry, South University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9879-3915
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ISSN 2050-7526, E-ISSN 2050-7534, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 879-886Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Due to the rapid development of non-fullerene acceptors (NFAs), the efficiency of organic solar cells is steadily being improved. The stability of organic solar cells also is expected to be enhanced with the introduction of the NFAs, yet the stability of NFAs themselves have been less investigated to date. In this paper, the stability of a set of typical NFAs was studied in situ employing photoelectron spectroscopy. The studied molecules show higher resistance to water vapor and thermal stress compared to fullerenes. For water vapor exposure, the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of NFAs undergoes only minor and reversible changes and the NFAs/substrate work function stays constant. Exposure to oxygen gas significantly modified the electronic structure of the NFAs and the effect was only partially reversible by annealing. However, the presence of water vapor was shown to slow down the degradation caused by oxygen. This is in stark contrast to fullerenes that undergo irreversible degradation upon water vapor exposure.

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Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019. Vol. 7, no 4, p. 879-886
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Condensed Matter Physics Nano Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-154288DOI: 10.1039/C8TC05475DISI: 000459571400007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060595857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-154288DiVA, id: diva2:1284848
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Funding agencies: Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation project "Tail of the Sun; Swedish Research Council [2016-05498]; Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research [SE13-0060]; Ministry of Science and Technology [2016YFA0200700]; NSFC [21504066, 21534003]; Swedish Energy Age

Available from: 2019-02-01 Created: 2019-02-01 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Electronic Structure of π-Conjugated Materials and Their Effect on Organic Photovoltaics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Electronic Structure of π-Conjugated Materials and Their Effect on Organic Photovoltaics
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The great tunability of structure and electronic properties of π-conjugated organic molecules/polymers combined with other advantages such as light weight and flexibility etc., have made organic-based electronics the focus of an exciting still-growing field of physics and chemistry for more than half a century. The application of organic electronics has led to the appearance of wide range of organic electronic devices mainly including organic light emitting diodes (OLED), organic field effect transistors (OFET) and organic solar cells (OSC). The application of the organic electronic devices mainly is limited by two dominant parameters, i.e., their performance and stability. Up to date, OLED has been successfully commercialized in the market while the OSC are still on the way to commercialization hindered by low efficiency and inferior stability. Understanding the energy levels of organic materials and energy level alignment of the devices is crucial to control the efficiency and stability of the OSC. In this thesis, energy levels measured by different methods are studied to explore their relationship with device properties, and the strategies on how to design efficient and stable OSC based on energy level diagrams are provided.

Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) is a traditional and widely used method to probe the energy levels of organic materials, although there is little consensus on how to relate the oxidation/reduction potential ((Eox/Ered) to the vacuum level. Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) can be used to directly detect vertical ionization potential (IP) of organic materials. In this thesis, a linear relationship of IP and Eox was found, with a slope equal to unity. The relationship provides for easy conversion of values obtained by the two techniques, enabling complementarily use in designing and fabricating efficient and stable OSC. A popular rule of thumb is that the offset between the LUMO levels of donor and acceptor should be 0.3 eV, according to which a binary solar cell with the minimum voltage losses around 0.49 V was designed here.

Introduction of the ternary blend as active layer is an efficient way to improve both efficiency and stability of the OSC. Based on our studied energy-level diagram within the integer charge transfer (ICT) model, we designed ternary solar cells with enhanced open circuit voltage for the first time and improved thermal stability compared to reference binary ones. The ternary solar cell with minimum voltage losses was developed by combining two donor materials with same ionization potential and positive ICT energy while featuring complementary optical absorption. Furthermore, the fullerene acceptor was chosen so that the energy of the positive ICT state of the two donor polymers is equal to the energy of negative ICT state of the fullerene, which can enhance dissociation of all polymer donor and fullerene acceptor excitons and suppress bimolecular and trap-assistant recombination.

Rapid development of non-fullerene acceptors in the last two years affords more recipes of designing both efficient and stabile OSC. We show in this thesis how non-fullerene acceptors successfully can be used to design ternary solar cells with both enhanced efficiency and thermal stability. Besides improving the efficiency of the devices, understanding of the stability and degradation mechanism is another key issue. The degradation of conjugated molecules/polymers often follow many complicated pathways and at the same time many factors for degradation are coupled with each other. Therefore, the degradation of non-fullerene acceptors was investigated in darkness by photoelectron spectroscopy in this thesis with the in-situ method of controlling exposure of O2 and water vapor separately.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. p. 84
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1893
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Condensed Matter Physics Physical Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143025 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-143025 (DOI)9789176853931 (ISBN)
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2017-12-08, Schrödinger, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-11-15 Created: 2017-11-15 Last updated: 2019-02-01Bibliographically approved

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