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Side chain engineering on dithieno[3,2-b:2,3-d]pyrrol fused electron acceptors for efficient organic solar cells

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Two novel dithieno[3,2-b:2,3-d]pyrrol fused electron acceptors (FREAs) with branched alkyl side-chains have been developed. With 2-ethylhexyl and 2-butyloctyl introduced on the N-position of the pyrrol unit, the sidechain engineered acceptors (INPIC-EH and INPIC-BO) were evaluated for organic solar cells (OSCs) by comparison with our reference INPIC-4F bearing a linear octyl chain. The optoelectronic properties of the FREAs and their bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) with a PBDB-T donor for OSCs are systematically studied. All FREAs exhibit similar absorption spectra and energy levels. Notably, the charge dissociation process, charge mobility, and morphology of the BHJ films make a distinct difference. Consequently, the OSCs constructed with INPIC-EH and INPIC-BO delivered a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11.9% and 11.2%, lower than that of INPIC-4F devices (13.1%). The lower short-circuit current density (JSC) and fill factor (FF) of INPIC-EH and INPIC-OB based devices are attributed to unfavorable morphology of the active layers and more bimolecular recombination and unbalanced charge transport. Our investigation demonstrates that side-chain engineering on FREAs has a great impact on the morphology of blends and thus the photovoltaic properties of their OSCs.

Graphical abstract: Side chain engineering on dithieno[3,2-b:2,3-d]pyrrol fused electron acceptors for efficient organic solar cells

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The article was received on 26 Dec 2018, accepted on 04 Mar 2019 and first published on 05 Mar 2019


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8QM00669E
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 702-708

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    Side chain engineering on dithieno[3,2-b:2,3-d]pyrrol fused electron acceptors for efficient organic solar cells

    H. Feng, X. Song, M. Zhang, J. Yu, Z. Zhang, R. Geng, L. Yang, F. Liu, D. Baran and W. Tang, Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, 3, 702
    DOI: 10.1039/C8QM00669E

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