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Ternary organic solar cells with enhanced open circuit voltage
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Surface Physics and Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Chalmers, Sweden.
Lund University, Sweden.
Aix Marseille University, France.
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2017 (English)In: Nano Energy, ISSN 2211-2855, E-ISSN 2211-3282, Vol. 37, 24-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By introducing a non-fullerene small molecule acceptor as a third component to typical polymer donor: fullerene acceptor binary solar cells, we demonstrate that the short circuit current density (J(sc)), open circuit voltage (V-oc), power conversion efficiency (PCE) and thermal stability can be enhanced simultaneously. The different surface energy of each component causes most of the non-fullerene acceptor molecules to self-organize at the polymer/fullerene interface, while the appropriately selected oxidation/reduction potential of the non-fullerene acceptor enables the resulting ternary junction to work through a cascade mechanism. The cascade ternary junction enhances charge generation through complementary absorption between the non-fullerene and fullerene acceptors and aids the efficient charge extraction from fullerene domains. The bimolecular recombination in the ternary blend layer is reduced as the ternary cascade junction increases the separation of holes and electrons during charge transportation and the trap assistant recombination induced by integer charge transfer (ICT) state potentially reduced due to the smaller pinning energy of inserted non-fullerene acceptor, leading to an unprecedented increase in the open circuit voltage beyond the binary reference values.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV , 2017. Vol. 37, 24-31 p.
Keyword [en]
Ternary organic solar cell; Self-organization; Higher open circuit voltage; Generality; More thermal stable
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Condensed Matter Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138887DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.04.060ISI: 000402704500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138887DiVA: diva2:1115950
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Funding Agencies|Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation; Swedish Research Council [2013-4022]; Ministry of Science and Technology [2016YFA0200700]; NSFC [21504066, 21534003]; Goran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and Medicine; Swedish Government Strategic Research Area in Materials Science on Functional Materials at Linkping University [2009 00971]; China Scholarship Council; Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy [DE-AC02-05CH11231]

Available from: 2017-06-27 Created: 2017-06-27 Last updated: 2017-11-15
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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. 84 p.
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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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