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A fused-ring non-fullerene acceptor based on a benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene central core with a thieno[3,2-b]thiophene side-chain for highly efficient organic solar cells

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A new electron-rich central core (BTT) based on benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene with a thio[3,2-b]thiophene side chain was coupled with methyl and fluorine-modified 1,1-dicyanomethylene-3-indanone (IC) electron-withdrawing end groups to furnish two novel non-fullerene acceptors (NFAs), namely BTT-MIC and BTT-FIC. Compared to BTT-MIC, BTT-FIC exhibits a stronger near-infrared (NIR) absorption with a smaller optical bandgap (1.47 eV). The BTT-FIC/PM6 based device achieved a champion PCE of 12.65% for benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]di(cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b′]dithiophene)-containing NFA based organic solar cells (OSCs), while the BTT-FIC/PM6 based device delivered a PCE of 10.04% with a high Voc of over 1 V. Fluorinated IC is more suitable for this new core BTT than methyl substituted IC, because fluorine atoms enhance the charge transport (CT) state (absorption) and are also beneficial to exciton dissociation, charge mobility and morphology. This work revealed that BTT with a thieno[3,2-b]thiophene side chain is an effective electron-donating core for creating effective NFAs and fluorinated IC is a suitable end group for BTT.

Graphical abstract: A fused-ring non-fullerene acceptor based on a benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene central core with a thieno[3,2-b]thiophene side-chain for highly efficient organic solar cells

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Submitted
19 Feb 2019
Accepted
12 Mar 2019
First published
13 Mar 2019

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019,7, 10905-10911
Article type
Communication

A fused-ring non-fullerene acceptor based on a benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene central core with a thieno[3,2-b]thiophene side-chain for highly efficient organic solar cells

Y. Jia, Y. Zhang, W. Jiang, B. Su, C. Liu, E. Zhu and G. Che, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 10905
DOI: 10.1039/C9TA01888C

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