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A triptycene-cored perylenediimide derivative and its application in organic solar cells as a non-fullerene acceptor

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Abstract

Perylenediimide (PDI) possesses intense absorption, a low-lying energy level, and a high electron mobility. However, its highly planar conformation and thus strong intermolecular π–π stacking prevents its application as an electron acceptor used in efficient bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). Herein, we report a structurally non-planar molecule TRIP-PDI3, in which a rigid and shape-persistent triptycene (TRIP) unit is employed as a central unit to collect three PDI arms at the periphery. As an electron acceptor, TRIP-PDI3 exhibits a low-lying LUMO energy level of −3.81 eV similar to that of conventional PCBM, but with an intensive light absorption in the range of 450–600 nm. BHJ OSCs were fabricated using TRIP-PDI as an electron acceptor and a low band gap polymer PBDT-TS1 as an electron donor, exhibiting a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.53%. The result demonstrates that TRIP is a promising building block for the construction of structurally non-planar PDI derivatives as non-fullerene (NF) electron acceptors for efficient OSCs.

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The article was received on 04 Jun 2017, accepted on 04 Aug 2017 and first published on 04 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ01971H
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 10237-10244
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    A triptycene-cored perylenediimide derivative and its application in organic solar cells as a non-fullerene acceptor

    L. Zhang, W. Zhao, X. Liu, K. Jiang, F. Li, J. Hou and L. Yang, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 10237
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ01971H

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