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Novel wide-bandgap non-fullerene acceptors for efficient tandem organic solar cells

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The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of tandem organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is currently limited by the lack of suitable wide-bandgap materials for the front-cell. Here, two new acceptor molecules, namely IDTA and IDTTA, with optical bandgaps (Eoptg) of 1.90 and 1.75 eV, respectively, are synthesized and studied for application in OPVs. When PBDB-T is used as the donor polymer, single-junction cells with PCE of 7.4%, for IDTA, and 10.8%, for IDTTA, are demonstrated. The latter value is the highest PCE reported to date for wide-bandgap (Eoptg ≥ 1.7 eV) bulk-heterojunction OPV cells. The higher carrier mobility in IDTTA-based cells leads to improved charge extraction and higher fill-factor than IDTA-based devices. Moreover, IDTTA-based OPVs show significantly improved shelf-lifetime and thermal stability, both critical for any practical applications. With the aid of optical-electrical device modelling, we combined PBDB-T:IDTTA, as the front-cell, with PTB7-Th:IEICO-4F, as the back-cell, to realize tandem OPVs with open circuit voltage of 1.66 V, short circuit current of 13.6 mA cm−2 and a PCE of 15%; in excellent agreement with our theoretical predictions. The work highlights IDTTA as a promising wide-bandgap acceptor for high-performance tandem OPVs.

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Submitted
24 Oct 2019
Accepted
09 Dec 2019
First published
09 Dec 2019

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Advance Article
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Novel wide-bandgap non-fullerene acceptors for efficient tandem organic solar cells

Y. Firdaus, Q. He, Y. Lin, F. A. A. Nugroho, V. M. Le Corre, E. Yengel, A. H. Balawi, A. Seitkhan, F. Laquai, C. Langhammer, F. Liu, M. Heeney and T. D. Anthopoulos, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9TA11752K

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