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Semi-transparent low-donor content organic solar cells employing cyclopentadithiophene-based conjugated molecules

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Considering the facile synthesis of the cyclopentadithiophene (CPDT) building block, this study aims to synthesize and characterize two donor–acceptor type conjugated molecules, 2EH-CPDT(FBTTh2)2 and 5EN-CPDT(FBTTh2)2, with different branching points from the backbone. It was found that the branching point variation strategy slightly tunes the optical and electrochemical properties of the resulting conjugated molecule films owing to the difference between their intermolecular packing. When used as a donor material in PC71BM-based organic solar cells (OSCs), the power conversion efficiency of 2EH-CPDT(FBTTh2)2 is twice that of the ones processed using 5EN-CPDT(FBTTh2)2. Interestingly, with no post treatments, OSCs were optimized with especially low-donor content within the active layer (donor : acceptor weight ratio = 1 : 9), which allows construction of a highly transparent film with a visible transmittance over 50%, showing potential for application in integrated photovoltaics.

Graphical abstract: Semi-transparent low-donor content organic solar cells employing cyclopentadithiophene-based conjugated molecules

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The article was received on 12 Jun 2018, accepted on 03 Sep 2018 and first published on 04 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC02863J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 10532-10537
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    Semi-transparent low-donor content organic solar cells employing cyclopentadithiophene-based conjugated molecules

    J. Lee, J. L. Hernandez, I. Pelse, J. R. Reynolds and C. Yang, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 10532
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC02863J

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