High Performance All-Polymer Solar Cell via Polymer Side-Chain Engineering

Yan Zhou, Tadanori Kurosawa, Wei Ma, Yikun Guo, Lei Fang, Koen Vandewal, Ying Diao, Chenggong Wang, Qifan Yan, Julia Reinspach, Jianguo Mei, Anthony Lucas Appleton, Ghada I. Koleilat, Yongli Gao, Stefan C. B. Mannsfeld, Alberto Salleo, Harald Ade, Dahui Zhao, Zhenan Bao

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An average PCE of 4.2% for all-polymer solar cells from 20 devices with an average J SC of 8.8 mA cm-2 are obtained with a donor-acceptor pair despite a low LUMO-LUMO energy offset of less than 0.1 eV. Incorporation of polystyrene side chains into the donor polymer is found to assist in reducing the phase separation domain length scale, and results in more than 20% enhancement of PCE. We observe a direct correlation between the short circuit current (J SC) and the length scale of BHJ phase separation, which is obtained by resonance soft X-ray scattering. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3767-3772
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number22
StatePublished - Mar 24 2014
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Acknowledge support from the Office of Naval Research (N00014-14-1-0142), KAUST Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics at Stanford and the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Program, NSF DMR-1303742 and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Projects 21174004 and 21222403). Soft X-ray characterization and analysis by NCSU supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Science, Division of Materials Science and Engineering under Contract DE-FG02-98ER45737. Soft X-ray data was acquired at beamlines at the Advanced Light Source, which is supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U. S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. We thank Professor Michael D. McGehee, Dr. George F. Burkhard and Dr. Eric T. Hoke for their help in discussion of the recombination mechanism.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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