Exploiting ternary blends for improved photostability in high efficiency organic solar cells

Nicola Gasparini, Sri Harish Kumar Paleti, Jules Bertrandie, Guilong Cai, Guichuan Zhang, Andrew Wadsworth, Xinhui Lu, Hin-Lap Yip, Iain McCulloch, Derya Baran

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Ternary organic solar cells based on polymer donor and nonfullerene acceptors (NFAs) are delivering high power conversion efficiencies (PCE). Now, further improvement needs to be directed to enhance the operational lifetime of organic photovoltaics. Here, we selected three NFAs with different electron affinities and structural properties and found that the most crystalline third component, O-IDTBR, is selectively miscible within the acceptor phase. This reduced trap-assisted recombination and delivered a PCE of 16.6% and a fill factor of 0.76, compared to PM6:Y6 binary devices (15.2% PCE). Charge transport and recombination analyses revealed that O-IDTBR acts as a charge relay for improved charge transfer of both donor and acceptor materials leading to a more ordered transport. We find that minimizing traps formation in ternary devices deactivates light-induced traps upon full sun illumination (AM1.5G). As a result, ternary devices do not show any PCE drop in 225h, in comparison to binary cells which lose more than 60% of their initial performances
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS Energy Letters
StatePublished - Mar 31 2020

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This publication is based upon work supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under Award No: OSR2018-CARF/CCF-3079. H.-L. Yip acknowledges the Ministry of Science and Technology
(No. 2019YFA0705900) for financial support. N.Gasparini and S.H.K. Paleti contributed equally in this work.


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