A non-fullerene acceptor enables efficient P3HT-based organic solar cells with small voltage loss and thickness insensitivity

Ning Wang, Weitao Yang, Shuixing Li, Minmin Shi, Tsz Ki Lau, Xinhui Lu, Rafi Shikler, Chang Zhi Li, Hongzheng Chen

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Abstract

Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) is a low-cost polymer donor for organic solar cells (OSCs). However, the P3HT-based OSCs usually give low power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) due to the wide bandgap and the high-lying energy levels of P3HT. To solve this problem, in this work, we design and synthesize a new A-D-A type non-fullerene acceptor, DFPCBR, which owns an electron-donating (D) core constructed by linking a 2,5-difluorobenzene ring with two cyclopentadithiophene moieties, and two electron-accepting (A) end-groups of benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole connected with 3-ethyl-2-thioxothiazolidin-4-one. Because of the strong electron-donating ability and large conjugation effect of D core, DFPCBR shows appropriate energy levels and a narrow bandgap matching well with those of P3HT. Therefore, with P3HT as the donor and DFPCBR as the acceptor, the OSCs possess broad absorption range from 350 nm to 780 nm and the reduced energy loss (Eloss) of 0.79 eV (compared with ∼1.40 eV for the P3HT:PC61BM device), providing a good PCE of 5.34% with a high open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 0.80 V. Besides, we observe that the photovoltaic performances of these devices are insensitive to the thickness of the active layers: even if the active layer is as thick as 320 nm, ∼80% of the best PCE is maintained, which is rarely reported for fullerene-free P3HT-based OSCs, suggesting that DFPCBR has the potential application in commercial OSCs in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1281
Number of pages5
JournalChinese Chemical Letters
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Energy loss
  • Non-fullerene acceptors
  • Organic solar cells
  • Poly(3-hexylthiophene)
  • Thickness insensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry

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