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Fine-Tuned Photoactive and Interconnection Layers for Achieving over 13% Efficiency in a Fullerene-Free Tandem Organic Solar Cell

Fine-Tuned Photoactive and Interconnection Layers for Achieving over 13% Efficiency in a Fullerene-Free Tandem Organic Solar Cell
Bowei Gao, Chang He, Huifeng Yao, Bei Yang, Yunpeng Qin, Yong Cui, Jianhui Hou, Shaoqing Zhang, Bowei Xu
Fabricating organic solar cells (OSCs) with a tandem structure has been considered an effective method to overcome the limited light absorption spectra of organic photovoltaic materials. Currently, the most efficient tandem OSCs are fabricated by adopting fullerene derivatives as acceptors. In this work, we designed a new non-fullerene acceptor with an optical band gap (Egopt) of 1.68 eV for the front subcells and optimized the phase-separation morphology of a fullerene-free active layer with an Egopt of 1.36 eV to fabricate the rear subcell. The two subcells show a low energy loss and high external quantum efficiency, and their photoresponse spectra are complementary. In addition, an interconnection layer (ICL) composed of ZnO and a pH-neutral self-doped conductive polymer, PCP-Na, with high light transmittance in the near-IR range was developed. From the highly optimized subcells and ICL, solution-processed fullerene-free tandem OSCs with an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) greater than 13% were obtained.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b01493

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b01493

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