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Vacuum-assisted annealing method for high efficiency printable large-area polymer solar cell modules

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In general, the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of blade-coated polymer solar cells (PSCs) are low compared with those of spin-coated PSCs. In this study, a simple and effective vacuum-assisted annealing method has been developed to optimize the morphology of the blade-coated active layer processed by the same processing solvents as those used in spin coating. The blade-coated blend films are annealed with the assistance of a vacuum (∼10−1 Pa), and the corresponding device shows photovoltaic performance comparable to that of the devices fabricated by spin coating. The vacuum-assisted annealing method works well in blade coated PSCs based on a series of representative photoactive blend systems using the optimized solvents from the spin-coating method. For instance, for the blade-coated with the PBDB-TF:IT-4F blend film, the device exhibits a PCE of 13.6%, which is not only as good as the spin-coated device but also the highest value for the PSCs made by the blade coating method. More importantly, the vacuum-assisted annealing method can be successfully applied in fabricating a large-area device module with an active area of 12.6 cm2, and the device achieves a high PCE of 10.21%.

Graphical abstract: Vacuum-assisted annealing method for high efficiency printable large-area polymer solar cell modules

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The article was received on 24 Dec 2018, accepted on 29 Jan 2019 and first published on 04 Feb 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC06513F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019,7, 3206-3211

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    Vacuum-assisted annealing method for high efficiency printable large-area polymer solar cell modules

    W. Zhao, Y. Zhang, S. Zhang, S. Li, C. He and J. Hou, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, 7, 3206
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC06513F

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