Rationale for highly efficient and outdoor-stable terpolymer solar cells

Hua Tang*, Zhihui Liao, Safakath Karuthedath, Si Chen, Heng Liu, Jafar I. Khan, Maxime Babics, Wenchao Yang, Maryam Alqurashi, Yakun He, Julien Gorenflot, Jiaming Huang, Gang Li, Stefaan De Wolf, Xinhui Lu, Christoph J. Brabec, Frédéric Laquai, Shirong Lu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Random terpolymerization is an effective approach to achieving highly efficient and outdoor-stable terpolymer photovoltaics. However, the working principle behind this remains unclear. Herein, we report spectroscopic, morphological, and computational results and conclude the previous work on terpolymer research to unveil their structure-property relations and elucidate key rules for high-efficiency and outdoor-stable terpolymer photovoltaics. More specifically, introducing a strong electron-deficient or electron-rich third moiety is suggested to enable broadened absorption with minimized non-radiative voltage losses. Besides, the third component should manipulate the D/A miscibility towards a thermodynamically more stable morphology. However, the content of the third component should be small to maintain molecular orientation and exciton diffusion length in conjunction with optimized phase-separation and crystallinity, in turn reducing bimolecular carrier recombination. Obeying these rules, terpolymer solar cells based on the parent donors D18 and PM6 with enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) and excellent outdoor stability are demonstrated. Our findings provide a rationale for explaining and achieving high-performance and outdoor-stable terpolymer photovoltaics, paving the path to commercialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This publication is based upon work supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Office of Research Administration (ORA) under Award No: OSR-CARF/CCF-3079. S. L. thanks the research grant from the National Youth Thousand Program Project (R52A199Z11), Chongqing Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists (cstc2020jcyj-jqX0018), Chongqing talent plan (CQYC201903008) and General Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (62074149). D. H. thanks the research grant from Chongqing Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists (cstc2021jcyj-msxm0139). G. L. thanks the Hong Kong RGC Senior Research Fellowship Scheme (SRFS2223-5S01). H. T. acknowledges Prof. Derya Baran for her fruitful discussion and valuable suggestion for revising the draft.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution

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