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A new polymer donor for efficient polymer solar cells: simultaneously realizing high short-circuit current density and transparency

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Abstract

A polymer donor material with appropriate energy levels and high light-harvesting capability is critical for highly efficient polymer solar cells (PSCs). Especially, it is a challenge to develop polymer donors which can simultaneously achieve both high short-circuit current density (Jsc) and transmittance for semitransparent PSCs. In this work, we designed and synthesized two new conjugated polymers PBT-F and PBT-SF which possess strong absorption features and appropriate energy levels as donor materials for PSCs. By using IT-4F as an acceptor, high Jsc values of over 21 mA cm−2 were obtained for both PBT-F and PBT-SF-based devices, showing promising power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 9.14% and 10.51%, respectively. Very importantly, the optimal PBT-SF:IT-4F blend film possesses a thinner thickness (∼80 nm) and high transmittance in the 400–600 nm region. The semitransparent PSCs based on PBT-SF:IT-4F showed an encouraging PCE of 7.76%, with a notable average transmittance of 39% and a high Jsc of 17.48 mA cm−2. These results demonstrate that PBT-SF is a promising polymer donor for high performance opaque and semitransparent PSCs.

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The article was received on 02 Jun 2018, accepted on 02 Jul 2018 and first published on 04 Jul 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA05207G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Advance Article
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    A new polymer donor for efficient polymer solar cells: simultaneously realizing high short-circuit current density and transparency

    H. Yang, Y. Wu, Y. Zou, Y. Dong, J. Yuan, C. Cui and Y. Li, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8TA05207G

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