Double-Cable Conjugated Polymers with Pendent Near-Infrared Electron Acceptors for Single-Component Organic Solar Cells

Shijie Liang, Baiqiao Liu, Safakath Karuthedath, Jing Wang, Yakun He, Wen Liang Tan, Hao Li, Yunhua Xu, Ning Li, Jianhui Hou, Zheng Tang, Frédéric Laquai, Christopher R. McNeill, Christoph J. Brabec, Weiwei Li

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Double-cable conjugated polymers with near-infrared (NIR) electron acceptors are synthesized for use in single-component organic solar cells (SCOSCs). Through the development of a judicious synthetic pathway, the highly sensitive nature of the 2-(3-oxo-2,3-dihydroinden-1-ylidene)malononitrile (IC)-based electron acceptors in basic and protonic solvents is overcome. In addition, an asymmetric design motif is adopted to optimize the packing of donor and acceptor segments, enhancing charge separation efficiency. As such, the new double-cable polymers are successfully applied in SCOSCs, providing an efficiency of over 10% with a broad photo response from 300 to 850 nm and exhibiting excellent thermal/light stability. These results demonstrate the powerful design of NIR-acceptor-based double-cable polymers and will enable SCOSCs to enter a new stage.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAngewandte Chemie
StatePublished - Jul 4 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-07-06
Acknowledgements: This study is jointly supported by Beijing Natural Science Foundation (JQ21006) and NSFC (52073016, 92163128, 51973031, 51933001) of China. This work was further supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (buctrc201828, XK1802-2), and the Opening Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites of Beijing University of Chemical Technology (oic-202201006). This work was performed in part at the SAXS/WAXS beamtline at the Australian Synchrotron, part of ANSTO.N.L. acknowledges the financial support by State Key Lab of Luminescent Materials and Devices, South China University of Technology (Skllmd-2022-03).

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