Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 5, 2015
Previous Article Next Article

Versatile third components for efficient and stable organic solar cells

Author affiliations

Abstract

Organic solar cells (OSCs) with a third component, consisting of a donor material, an acceptor material and a third component (organic or inorganic, semiconductor or insulator), received increasing attention in the last five years and the power conversion efficiencies approached 10%. Compared with the traditional binary (two-component) blend, three-component OSCs presented some advantages: broader and stronger absorption, more efficient charge transfer, more efficient charge transport pathways, better charge extraction at the electrodes and improved stability. Various types of third components, such as light-absorbing small molecules or polymers, fullerene or non-fullerene acceptors, metal- or carbon-based nanomaterials, quantum dots, and polymer or small molecule nonvolatile additives were used in OSCs. In this contribution, we review the recent developments in three-component OSCs using various third components. In particular, the absorption complementation, phase separation and the nanostructure in three-component OSCs are addressed.

Graphical abstract: Versatile third components for efficient and stable organic solar cells

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 31 May 2015, accepted on 23 Jun 2015 and first published on 23 Jun 2015


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00090D
Mater. Horiz., 2015,2, 462-485

  •   Request permissions

    Versatile third components for efficient and stable organic solar cells

    P. Cheng and X. Zhan, Mater. Horiz., 2015, 2, 462
    DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00090D

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements