Small-molecule organic photovoltaic modules fabricated via halogen-free solvent system with roll-to-roll compatible scalable printing method

Youn Jung Heo, Yen Sook Jung, Kyeongil Hwang, Jueng Eun Kim, Jun Seok Yeo, Sehyun Lee, Ye Jin Jeon, Donmin Lee, Dong Yu Kim

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Abstract

For the first time, the photovoltaic modules composed of small molecule were successfully fabricated by using roll-to-roll compatible printing techniques. In this study, blend films of small molecules, BTR and PC71BM were slot-die coated using a halogen-free solvent system. As a result, high efficiencies of 7.46% and 6.56% were achieved from time-consuming solvent vapor annealing (SVA) treatment and roll-to-roll compatible solvent additive approaches, respectively. After successful verification of our roll-to-roll compatible method on small-area devices, we further fabricated large-area photovoltaic modules with a total active area of 10 cm2, achieving a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.83%. This demonstration of large-area photovoltaic modules through roll-to-roll compatible printing methods, even based on a halogen-free solvent, suggests the great potential for the industrial-scale production of organic solar cells (OSCs).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39519-39525
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Volume9
Issue number45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • halogen-free additives
  • halogen-free solvent
  • organic photovoltaic modules
  • slot-die printing method
  • small molecule solar cell

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