Issue 11, 2022

Porous organic polymers in solar cells

Abstract

Owing to their unique porosity and large surface area, porous organic polymers (POPs) have shown their presence in numerous novel applications. The tunability and functionality of both the pores and backbone of the material enable its suitability in photovoltaic devices. The porosity induced host–guest configurations as well as periodic donor–acceptor structures benefit the charge separation and charge transfer in photophysical processes. The role of POPS in other critical device components, such as hole transporting layers and electrodes, has also been demonstrated. Herein, this review will primarily focus on the recent progress made in applying POPs for solar cell device performance enhancement, covering organic solar cells, perovskite solar cells, and dye-sensitized solar cells. Based on the efforts in recent years in unraveling POP's photophysical process and its relevance with device performances, an in-depth analysis will be provided to address the gradual shift of attention from an entirely POP-based active layer to other device functional components. Combining the insights from device physics, material synthesis, and microfabrication, we aim to unfold the fundamental limitations and challenges of POPs and shed light on future research directions.

Graphical abstract: Porous organic polymers in solar cells

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Article information

Article type
Review Article
Submitted
11 Feb 2022
First published
18 May 2022

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022,51, 4465-4483

Porous organic polymers in solar cells

T. Zhang, V. G. Gregoriou, N. Gasparini and C. L. Chochos, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022, 51, 4465 DOI: 10.1039/D2CS00123C

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