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Title: Enhancement in Open-Circuit Voltage in Organic Solar Cells by Using Ladder-Type Nonfullerene Acceptors

The open-circuit voltage (V oc) loss has always been a major factor in lowering power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) in bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs). A method to improve the V oc is indispensable to achieve high PCEs. Here in this paper, we investigated a series of perylene diimide-based ladder-type molecules as electron acceptors in nonfullerene OPVs. The D-A ladder-type structures described here lock our pi-systems into a planar structure and eliminate bond twisting associated with linear conjugated systems. This enlarges the interface energy gap (ΔE DA), extends electronic delocalization, and hence improves the V oc. More importantly, these devices showed an increase in V oc without compromising either the J sc or the FF. C5r exhibited a strong intermolecular interaction and a PCE value of 6.1%. Moreover, grazing-incident wide-angle X-ray scattering analysis and atomic force microscopy images suggested that our fused-ring acceptors showed a suitable domain size and uniform blend films, which were not affected by their rigid molecular structures.
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Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; SC0001059
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 1944-8244
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
25 ENERGY STORAGE; ladder-type molecules; nonfullerene acceptor; open-circuit voltage improvement; organic solar cells; ring-fusing effect
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