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Constructing efficient organic photovoltaic devices with a spirobifluorene based water/alcohol-soluble cathode interlayer

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Abstract

A water/alcohol soluble small molecular cathode interlayer (CIL) with the quaternary ammonium ions terminated by trihydroxybenzene as the pendant polar functionalities and a commercially available spirobifluorene (SBF) as a 3D-structural conjugated backbone, namely, TBSBF, was synthesized and applied in conventional single-junction polymer solar cells (PSCs). TBSBF was found to effectively enhance the performance of the PSCs by simultaneously increasing the open-circuit voltage (Voc), short-circuit current (Jsc) and fill factor (FF). Combined measurements of the current density–voltage characteristics, ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) and the electron mobility demonstrated that TBSBF could effectively increase the built-in potential and electronic mobility, leading to higher performance of the devices. In addition, the atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements showed that TBSBF could self-assemble into a leopard print-like pattern on the hydrophobic active layer surface. These results not only indicate TBSBF is a promising CIL material for the future solution-processed PSCs, but also provide a new way to design efficient CILs with good film-formation properties.

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The article was received on 17 Feb 2018, accepted on 15 Apr 2018 and first published on 17 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00807H
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 8960-8967
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    Constructing efficient organic photovoltaic devices with a spirobifluorene based water/alcohol-soluble cathode interlayer

    Y. Miao, Y. Xu, Y. Zhang, X. Yan, K. Ye and Y. Wang, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 8960
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00807H

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