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Title: Electron acceptors based on alpha-position substituted PDI for OPV solar cells.

The ortho-position functionalized perylene diimide derivatives (alphaPPID, alphaPBDT) were synthesized and used as the electron acceptors in nonfullerene organic photovoltaics. Due to the good planarity of ortho-position functionalized PDI, the alphaPPID and alphaPBDT show strong tendency to form aggregate because of their enhanced intermolecular pie-pie interaction. Moreover, they maintain the pure domains and the same packing order as in the pure film if they are blended with PBT7-TH and the SCLC measurement also shows the high electron mobility. The inverted OPVs employing alphaPDI-based compounds as acceptor and PBT7-TH as the donor give the highest PCE of 4.92 % for alphaPBDT based device and 3.61 % for alphaPPID based device, which is 39 % and 4 % higher than that for their counterpart betaPBDT and betaPPID. The charge separation study shows the more efficient exciton dissociation at interfaces between PDI based compounds and PBT7-TH. The results suggest that compared to beta-substituted ones, alpha-substituted PDI derivatives are more promising electron acceptors for OPV.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Chemistry of Materials; Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 4
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Materials Sciences and Engineering Division; National Science Foundation (NSF); USDOE Office of Science - Energy Frontier Research Center - Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER)
Country of Publication:
United States