Enabling low voltage losses and high photocurrent in fullerene-free organic photovoltaics

Jun Yuan, Tianyi Huang, Pei Cheng, Yingping Zou, Huotian Zhang, Jonathan Lee Yang, Sheng-Yung Chang, Zhenzhen Zhang, Wenchao Huang, Rui Wang, Dong Meng, Feng Gao, Yang Yang

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Despite significant development recently, improving the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is still an ongoing challenge to overcome. One of the prerequisites to achieving this goal is to enable efficient charge separation and small voltage losses at the same time. In this work, a facile synthetic strategy is reported, where optoelectronic properties are delicately tuned by the introduction of electron-deficient-core-based fused structure into non-fullerene acceptors. Both devices exhibited a low voltage loss of 0.57 V and high short-circuit current density of 22.0 mA cm−2 , resulting in high power conversion efficiencies of over 13.4%. These unconventional electron-deficient-core-based non-fullerene acceptors with near-infrared absorption lead to low non-radiative recombination losses in the resulting organic photovoltaics, contributing to a certified high power conversion efficiency of 12.6%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number570
Number of pages8
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

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