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Fluorinated heptacyclic carbazole-based ladder-type acceptors with aliphatic side chains for efficient fullerene-free organic solar cells

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Abstract

Molecular engineering of non-fullerene acceptors (NFAs) is a promising strategy to uncover new structure–property relationships and design principles for developing next-generation high performance n-type materials. Two dithienocyclopentacarbazole (DTC)-based NFAs, DTC(4R)-IC and DTC(4R)-4FIC, are synthesized to elucidate the effects of incorporating aliphatic side chains and 2-(5,6-difluoro-3-oxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-ylidene)malononitrile (2FIC) end groups on the thermal and optoelectronic properties of these NFAs. An inverted organic solar cell architecture of ITO/ZnO/J71:NFA/MoO3/Ag is employed. By replacing the phenyl-based side chains with aliphatic side chains on the carbon bridges of the carbazole-based core, the device containing DTC(4R)-IC exhibits an enhanced PCE of 9.61%, a VOC of 0.94 V, a JSC of 16.44 mA cm−2, and a FF of 62.00%, whereas the device containing DTC(4Ph)-IC exhibits a PCE of 7.76%. The incorporation of 2FIC end groups affords DTC(4R)-4FIC featuring better device performance relative to DTC(4R)-IC, a more red-shifted absorption edge, and a broader absorption range upon fluorination. Notably, the device fabricated with DTC(4R)-4FIC affords a Voc of 0.82 V, a Jsc of 18.92 mA cm−2, a FF of 70.22% and a highest PCE of 10.89%, which is by far the highest PCE for NFA containing heptacyclic carbazole cores.

Graphical abstract: Fluorinated heptacyclic carbazole-based ladder-type acceptors with aliphatic side chains for efficient fullerene-free organic solar cells

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The article was received on 05 Jan 2019, accepted on 11 Mar 2019 and first published on 12 Mar 2019


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9QM00005D
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article

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    Fluorinated heptacyclic carbazole-based ladder-type acceptors with aliphatic side chains for efficient fullerene-free organic solar cells

    T. Chen, Y. Hsiao, Y. Lin, C. Chang, W. Chuang, Y. Li and C. Hsu, Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9QM00005D

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