Over 17% Efficiency Binary Organic Solar Cells with Photoresponses Reaching 1000 nm Enabled by Selenophene-Fused Nonfullerene Acceptors

Feng Qi, Kui Jiang, Francis Lin, Ziang Wu, Hongna Zhang, Wei Gao, Yuxiang Li, Zongwei Cai, Han Young Woo, Zonglong Zhu, Alex K.Y. Jen

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Abstract

Nonfullerene acceptors (NFAs) have played an important role in the development of organic solar cells. However, the optical absorption of most NFAs is limited within 600-900 nm, prohibiting further improvement of short-circuit current density (Jsc). To alleviate this problem, a fused-ring I-core BzS was designed by combining weakly electron-withdrawing benzotriazole (Bz) and strongly electron-donating selenophene together. Besides, the length of N-alkyl chain on the Bz moiety was engineered to tune the morphology, affording two NFAs mBzS-4F and EHBzS-4F. Both NFAs possess an absorption edge approaching 1000 nm, as resulted from the enhanced intramolecular charge transfer in conjunction with efficient intra- A nd intermolecular interactions. Binary photovoltaic devices based on PM6:mBzS-4F showed a power conversion efficiency of 17.02% with a very high Jsc of 27.72 mA/cm2 and a low energy loss of 0.446 eV. This work provides a strategy for future design of efficient NIR-responsive materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalACS Energy Letters
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Materials Chemistry

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