High Efficiency Inverted Organic Solar Cells with a Neutral Fulleropyrrolidine Electron Collecting Interlayer

Weidong Xu, Congfei Yan, Zhipeng Kan, Yang Wang, Wen-Yong Lai, Wei Huang

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A novel fulleropyrrolidine derivative, named as FPNOH, was designed, synthesized and utilized as an efficient electron-collecting (EC) layer for inverted organic solar cells (i-OSCs). The grafted diethanolamino-polar moieties can not only trigger its function as an EC interlayer, but also induce orthogonal solubility that guarantees subsequent multi-layer processing without interfacial mixing. A higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) value of 8.34% was achieved for i-OSC devices with ITO/FPNOH EC electrode, compared to that of the sol-gel ZnO based reference devices with an optimized PCE value of 7.92%. High efficiency exceeding 7.7% was still achieved even for the devices with a relatively thick PFNOH film (16.9 nm). It is worthwhile to mention that this kind of material exhibits less thickness dependent performance, in contrast to widely utilized p-type conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) as well as the non-conjugated polyelectrolytes (NCPEs). Further investigation on illuminating intensity dependent parameters revealed the role of FPNOH in reducing interfacial traps-induced recombination at ITO/active layer interface.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14293-14300
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number22
StatePublished - May 26 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge financial support of the National Key Basic Research Program of China (973
Program, 2014CB648300), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21422402, 20904024,
51173081, 61136003), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20140060,
BK20130037, BM2012010), Program for Jiangsu Specially-Appointed Professors (RK030STP15001),
Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET-13-0872), Specialized Research
Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (20133223110008, and 20113223110005), the
Synergetic Innovation Center for Organic Electronics and Information Displays, the Priority Academic
Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD), the NUPT "1311 Project", the
Six Talent Plan (2012XCL035), the 333 Project (BRA2015374) and the Qing Lan Project of Jiangsu


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