Intramolecular Chloro–Sulfur Interaction and Asymmetric Side-Chain Isomerization to Balance Crystallinity and Miscibility in All-Small-Molecule Solar Cells

Wei Gao, Mengyun Jiang, Ziang Wu, Baobing Fan, Wenlin Jiang, Ning Cai, Hua Xie, Francis R. Lin, Jingdong Luo, Qiaoshi An, Han Young Woo, Alex K.Y. Jen

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Abstract

Intramolecular Cl−S non-covalent interaction is introduced to modify molecular backbone of a benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodamine (BTR) benchmark structure, helping planarize and rigidify the molecular framework for improving charge transport. Theoretical simulations and temperature-variable NMR experiments clearly validate the existence of Cl−S non-covalent interaction in two designed chlorinated donors and explain its important role in enhancing planarity and rigidity of the molecules for enhancing their crystallinity. The asymmetric isomerization of side-chains further optimizes the molecular orientation and surface energy to strike a balance between its crystallinity and miscibility. This carefully manipulated molecular design helps result in increased carrier mobility and suppressed charge recombination to obtain simultaneously enhanced short-circuit current (Jsc) and fill factor (FF) and a very high efficiency of 15.73 % in binary all-small-molecule organic solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202205168
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume61
Issue number33
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug 15

Keywords

  • Crystallinity
  • Intramolecular Interaction
  • Miscibility
  • Small Molecule Donors
  • Solar Cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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