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Title: Surpassing 10% Efficiency Benchmark for Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells by Scalable Coating in Air from Single Nonhalogenated Solvent

Here, the commercialization of nonfullerene organic solar cells (OSCs) relies critically on the response under typical operating conditions (for instance, temperature, humidity) and the ability of scale-up. Despite the rapid increase in power conversion efficiency (PCE) of spin-coated devices fabricated in a protective atmosphere, the device efficiencies of printed nonfullerene OSC devices by blade-coating are still lower than 6%. This slow progress significantly limits the practical printing of high-performance nonfullerene OSCs. Here, a new and stable nonfullerene combination was introduced by pairing a commercially available nonfluorinated acceptor IT-M with the polymeric donor FTAZ. Over 12%-efficiency can be achieved in spincoated FTAZ:IT-M devices using a single halogen-free solvent. More importantly, chlorinefree, in air blade-coating of FTAZ:IT-M is able to yield a PCE of nearly 11%, despite a humidity of ≈50%. X-ray scattering results reveal that large π-π coherence lengths, high degree of faceon orientation with respect to the substrate, and small domain spacings of ≈20 nm are closely correlated with such high device performance. Our material system and approach yields the highest reported performance for nonfullerene OSC devices by a coating technique approximating scalable fabrication methods and holds great promise for the development of low-cost, low-toxicity, and high-efficiency OSCs by high-throughputmore » production.« less
Authors:
ORCiD logo [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [3] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)
  2. Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (United States)
  3. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China)
  4. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  5. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; AC02-05CH11231
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Advanced Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 30; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 0935-9648
Publisher:
Wiley
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation (NSF); Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC); US Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; blade-coating; film morphology; nonfullerene acceptors; nonhalogenated solvent; organic solar cells
OSTI Identifier:
1426232
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1416603

Ye, Long, Xiong, Yuan, Zhang, Qianqian, Li, Sunsun, Wang, Cheng, Jiang, Zhang, Hou, Jianhui, You, Wei, and Ade, Harald. Surpassing 10% Efficiency Benchmark for Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells by Scalable Coating in Air from Single Nonhalogenated Solvent. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1002/adma.201705485.
Ye, Long, Xiong, Yuan, Zhang, Qianqian, Li, Sunsun, Wang, Cheng, Jiang, Zhang, Hou, Jianhui, You, Wei, & Ade, Harald. Surpassing 10% Efficiency Benchmark for Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells by Scalable Coating in Air from Single Nonhalogenated Solvent. United States. doi:10.1002/adma.201705485.
Ye, Long, Xiong, Yuan, Zhang, Qianqian, Li, Sunsun, Wang, Cheng, Jiang, Zhang, Hou, Jianhui, You, Wei, and Ade, Harald. 2018. "Surpassing 10% Efficiency Benchmark for Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells by Scalable Coating in Air from Single Nonhalogenated Solvent". United States. doi:10.1002/adma.201705485.
@article{osti_1426232,
title = {Surpassing 10% Efficiency Benchmark for Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells by Scalable Coating in Air from Single Nonhalogenated Solvent},
author = {Ye, Long and Xiong, Yuan and Zhang, Qianqian and Li, Sunsun and Wang, Cheng and Jiang, Zhang and Hou, Jianhui and You, Wei and Ade, Harald},
abstractNote = {Here, the commercialization of nonfullerene organic solar cells (OSCs) relies critically on the response under typical operating conditions (for instance, temperature, humidity) and the ability of scale-up. Despite the rapid increase in power conversion efficiency (PCE) of spin-coated devices fabricated in a protective atmosphere, the device efficiencies of printed nonfullerene OSC devices by blade-coating are still lower than 6%. This slow progress significantly limits the practical printing of high-performance nonfullerene OSCs. Here, a new and stable nonfullerene combination was introduced by pairing a commercially available nonfluorinated acceptor IT-M with the polymeric donor FTAZ. Over 12%-efficiency can be achieved in spincoated FTAZ:IT-M devices using a single halogen-free solvent. More importantly, chlorinefree, in air blade-coating of FTAZ:IT-M is able to yield a PCE of nearly 11%, despite a humidity of ≈50%. X-ray scattering results reveal that large π-π coherence lengths, high degree of faceon orientation with respect to the substrate, and small domain spacings of ≈20 nm are closely correlated with such high device performance. Our material system and approach yields the highest reported performance for nonfullerene OSC devices by a coating technique approximating scalable fabrication methods and holds great promise for the development of low-cost, low-toxicity, and high-efficiency OSCs by high-throughput production.},
doi = {10.1002/adma.201705485},
journal = {Advanced Materials},
number = 8,
volume = 30,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}

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