An asymmetric small molecule acceptor for organic solar cells with a short circuit current density over 24 mA cm(-2)
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AbstractIn comparison with symmetric small molecule acceptors (SMAs), their asymmetric counterparts have received much less attention. Organic solar cells (OSCs) based on asymmetric non-fullerene SMAs previously reported show relatively low power conversion efficiency (PCE < 15%) and lower short circuit current densities (J(sc)< 20 mA cm(-2)), although they exhibit a larger dipole moment and stronger intermolecular interactions. Here we report a new asymmetric A-D(1)A ' D-2-A type SMA, namelyY22, containing an asymmetric hexacyclic fused donor-acceptor-donor (DA ' D) type central framework and end-capped with two electron-deficient 2-(5,6-difluoro-3-oxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-ylidene)malononitrile moieties.Y22shows good solubility and a broad near-infrared absorption. The effects of the asymmetric structure on the physicochemical and photovoltaic performance were systematically investigated.Y22-based OSCs were fabricated by usingPM6,QX2andJ71as polymer donors, all exhibiting high PCEs over 10%. Notably, the optimalPM6:Y22-based device shows a high PCE of 15.4% and a highJ(sc)of 24.37 mA cm(-2), which is among the best values reported for asymmetric SMA based OSCs, attributed to the fine nanofiber morphology after thermal annealing and solvent addition. This work demonstrates that the asymmetric fused structure with an electron-deficient-core is a promising building block to build high performance SMAs towards efficient photovoltaic applications.
All Author(s) ListCai FF, Peng HJ, Chen HG, Yuan J, Hai JF, Lau TK, Wang J, Hu YB, Liu W, Lu XH, Zou YP
Journal nameJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Year2020
Month8
Volume Number8
Issue Number31
PublisherROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
Pages15984 - 15991
ISSN2050-7488
eISSN2050-7496
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesChemistry, Physical;Energy & Fuels;Materials Science, Multidisciplinary;Chemistry;Energy & Fuels;Materials Science

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