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Morphological study on small molecule acceptor-based organic solar cells with efficiencies beyond 7% (Presentation Recording)
Author(s): Wei Ma; He Yan; He Yan

Paper Abstract

Despite the essential role of fullerenes in achieving best-performance organic solar cells (OSCs), fullerene acceptors have several drawbacks including poor light absorption, high-cost production and purification. For this reason, small molecule acceptor (SMA)-based OSCs have attracted much attention due to the easy tunability of electronic and optical properties of SMA materials. In this study, polymers with temperature dependent aggregation behaviors are combined with various small molecule acceptor materials, which lead to impressive power conversion efficiencies of up to 7.3%. The morphological and aggregation properties of the polymer:small molecule blends are studied in details. It is found that the temperature-dependent aggregation behavior of polymers allows for the processing of the polymer solutions at moderately elevated temperature, and more importantly, controlled aggregation and strong crystallization of the polymer during the film cooling and drying process. This results in a well-controlled and near-ideal polymer:small molecule morphology that is controlled by polymer aggregation during warm casting and thus insensitive to the choice of small molecules. As a result, several cases of highly efficient (PCE between 6-7.3%) SMA OSCs are achieved. The second part of this presentation will describe the morphology of a new small molecule acceptor with a unique 3D structure. The relationship between molecular structure and morphology is revealed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2015
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9567, Organic Photovoltaics XVI, 956710 (5 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2189746
Show Author Affiliations
Wei Ma, Xi'an Jiaotong Univ. (China)
He Yan, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (Hong Kong, China)
He Yan, Hong Kong Univ of Science and Technology (Hong Kong, China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9567:
Organic Photovoltaics XVI
Zakya H. Kafafi; Paul A. Lane; Ifor D. W. Samuel, Editor(s)

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