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Jong-Won Yun, Farman Ullah, Se-Jeong Jang, Do Hui Kim, Tri Khoa Nguyen, Ki Yeon Ryu, Shinuk Cho, Joon I Jang, Dooyong Lee, Sungkyun Park, Yong Soo Kim
Over the last decades, the spin coating (SC) technique has been widely used to prepare thin films of various materials in liquid phase on arbitrary substrates. The technique simply relies on centrifugal force to spread a coating solution radially outwards over the substrate. This mechanism works fairly well for solutions with low surface tension to form thin films of reasonable junctions on smooth substrates. Here, we present a modified SC technique, namely ultrasonic-assisted spin-coating (UASC), to form thin films of coating solution having high surface tension on rough substrates with excellent junctions...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Marinos Tountas, Apostolis Verykios, Ermioni Polydorou, Andreas Kaltzoglou, Anastasia Soultati, Nikolaos Balis, Panagiotis A Angaridis, Michael Papadakis, Vasilis Nikolaou, Florian Auras, Leonidas C Palilis, Dimitris Tsikritzis, Evangelos Evangelou, Spyros Gardelis, Matroni Koutsoureli, George Papaioannou, Ioannis D Petsalakis, Stella Kennou, Dimitris Davazoglou, Panagiotis Argitis, Polycarpos Falaras, Athanassios G Coutsolelos, Maria Vasilopoulou
In the present work, we effectively modify the TiO2 electron transport layer of organic solar cells with an inverted architecture by using appropriately engineered porphyrin molecules. The results show that the optimized porphyrin modifier bearing two carboxylic acids as the anchoring groups and a triazine electron-withdrawing spacer significantly reduces the work function of TiO2 thereby reducing the electron extraction barrier. Moreover, the lower surface energy of the porphyrin-modified substrate results in better physical compatibility between the latter and the photoactive blend...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Taehyo Kim, Saewon Kang, Jungwoo Heo, Seungse Cho, Jae Won Kim, Ayoung Choe, Bright Walker, Ravi Shanker, Hyunhyub Ko, Jin Young Kim
Improved performance in plasmonic organic solar cells (OSCs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) via strong plasmon-coupling effects generated by aligned silver nanowire (AgNW) transparent electrodes decorated with core-shell silver-silica nanoparticles (Ag@SiO2 NPs) is demonstrated. NP-enhanced plasmonic AgNW (Ag@SiO2 NP-AgNW) electrodes enable substantially enhanced radiative emission and light absorption efficiency due to strong hybridized plasmon coupling between localized surface plasmons (LSPs) and propagating surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) modes, which leads to improved device performance in organic optoelectronic devices (OODs)...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
Haijun Bin, Jia Yao, Yankang Yang, Indunil Angunawela, Chenkai Sun, Liang Gao, Long Ye, Beibei Qiu, Lingwei Xue, Chenhui Zhu, Chunhe Yang, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Harald Ade, Yongfang Li
Two medium-bandgap p-type organic small molecules H21 and H22 with an alkylsily-thienyl conjugated side chain on benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene central units are synthesized and used as donors in all-small-molecule organic solar cells (SM-OSCs) with a narrow-bandgap n-type small molecule 2,2'-((2Z,2'Z)-((4,4,9,9-tetrahexyl-4,9-dihydro-s-indaceno[1,2-b:5,6-b']dithiophene-2,7-diyl)bis(methanylylidene))bis(3-oxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-indene-2,1-diylidene))dimalononitrile (IDIC) as the acceptor. In comparison to H21 with 3-ethyl rhodanine as the terminal group, H22 with cyanoacetic acid esters as the terminal group shows blueshifted absorption, higher charge-carrier mobility and better 3D charge pathway in blend films...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
Hayato Ouchi, Takahiro Kizaki, Masaki Yamato, Xu Lin, Nagahiro Hoshi, Fabien Silly, Takashi Kajitani, Takanori Fukushima, Ken-Ichi Nakayama, Shiki Yagai
Helical self-assembly of functional π-conjugated molecules offers unique photochemical and electronic properties in the spectroscopic level, but there are only a few examples that demonstrate their positive impact on the optoelectronic device level. Here, we demonstrate that hydrogen-bonded tapelike supramolecular polymers of a barbiturated oligo(alkylthiophene) show notable improvement in their photovoltaic properties upon organizing into helical nanofibers. A tapelike hydrogen-bonded supramolecular array of barbiturated oligo(butylthiophene) molecules was directly visualized by STM at a liquid-solid interface...
April 21, 2018: Chemical Science
Dominik J Kubicki, Daniel Prochowicz, Albert Hofstetter, Shaik Mohammed Zakeeruddin, Michael Grätzel, Lyndon Emsley
Organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites are a promising family of light absorbers for a new generation of solar cells, with reported efficiencies currently exceeding 22%. A common problem of solar cells fabricated using these materials is that their efficiency depends on their cycling history, an effect known as current-voltage (J-V) hysteresis. Potassium doping has recently emerged as a universal way to overcome this adverse phenomenon. While the atomistic origins of J-V hysteresis are still not fully understood, it is essential to rationalize the atomic-level effect of protocols that lead to its suppression...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Tao Liu, Lijun Huo, Sreelakshmi Chandrabose, Kai Chen, Guangchao Han, Feng Qi, Xiangyi Meng, Dongjun Xie, Wei Ma, Yuanping Yi, Justin M Hodgkiss, Feng Liu, Jing Wang, Chuluo Yang, Yanming Sun
A polymer fibril assembly can dictate the morphology framework, in forming a network structure, which is highly advantageous in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). A fundamental understanding of how to manipulate such a fibril assembly and its influence on the BHJ morphology and device performance is crucially important. Here, a series of donor-acceptor polymers, PBT1-O, PBT1-S, and PBT1-C, is used to systematically investigate the relationship between molecular structure, morphology, and photovoltaic performance...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
Jing Cao, Xudong Lv, Peng Zhang, Tracy T Chuong, Binghui Wu, Xiaoxia Feng, Changfu Shan, Jiacheng Liu, Yu Tang
The poor UV, thermal, and interfacial stability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) makes it highly challenging for their technological application, and has drawn increasing attention to resolving the above issues. In nature, plants generally sustain long exposure to UV illumination without damage, which is attributed to the presence of the organic materials acting as sunscreens. Inspired by the natural phenomenon, a natural plant sunscreen, sinapoyl malate, an ester derivative of sinapic acid, is employed to modify the surface of electron transport materials (ETMs)...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
Le Zhang, Wei Geng, Chuan-Jia Tong, Xueguang Chen, Tengfei Cao, Mingyang Chen
Methyl-ammonium lead iodide perovskite (CH3 NH3 PbI3 ) has drawn great attention due to its excellent photovoltaic properties. Because of its loosely compacted structure, the structural, electronic and optical properties of CH3 NH3 PbI3 are sensitive to external modulations. Strain effects on CH3 NH3 PbI3 are fully investigated by the first principles calculations. The results indicate that the inorganic framework deforms under compression or stretch and the embedded organic CH3 NH3 + molecules rotate correspondingly...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alec Pickett, Mika Torkkeli, Tushita Mukhopadhyay, Boregowda Puttaraju, Amrit Laudari, Andreas Lauritzen, Oier Bikondoa, Jakob Kjelstrup-Hansen, Matti Knaapila, Satish Patil, Suchismita Guha
Copolymers based on diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) cores have attracted a lot of attention due to their high p-type as well as n-type carrier mobilities in organic field-effect transistors (FETs) and high power conversion efficiencies in solar cell structures. We report the structural and charge transport properties of n-dialkyl side-chain substituted thiophene DPP end-capped with a phenyl group (Ph-TDPP-Ph) in FETs which were fabricated by vacuum deposition and solvent coating. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) from bottom-gate, bottom-contact FET architectures were measured with and without biasing...
May 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lijuan Li, Hui Lin, Xiao Kong, Xiaoyang Du, Xinwei Chen, Ling Zhou, Silu Tao, Caijun Zheng, Xiaohong Zhang
Ternary blend systems have been used to enhance the short-circuit current density (JSC) and fill factor (FF) of organic solar cells (OSCs). However, it is still a challenge to find suitable third components that concurrently possess complementary light absorption and well-matched energy levels. Here, a small organic molecule, 4,4'-(9,9-dihexyl-9H-fluorene-2,7-diyl)bis(N,N-bis(4-(pyren-1-yl)phenyl)anili-ne) (DFNPy), which contains a triphenylamine core and bulky pyrene rings, was designed and used to construct ternary blend OSCs...
May 17, 2018: Nanoscale
Seiichiro Izawa, Naoto Shintaku, Masahiro Hiramoto
Open-circuit voltage ( VOC ) is a key parameter governing the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells. We clarified the effect of band bending in organic semiconductor films on the VOC of phthalocyanine (H2 Pc)/fullerene (C60 ) planar heterojunction (PHJ) OSCs. The VOC was significantly affected by the H2 Pc layer thickness, varying from 0.20 V at 2 nm to 0.49 V at 100 nm thickness. The large VOC change is due to the band bending in the H2 Pc layer, where the difference in H2 Pc layer thickness led to significant changes in the degree of the vacuum-level shift in the C60 layer because of the Fermi level ( EF ) difference between the H2 Pc and C60 layers...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Wei Song, Xi Fan, Bingang Xu, Feng Yan, Huiqin Cui, Qiang Wei, Ruixiang Peng, Ling Hong, Jiaming Huang, Ziyi Ge
All-solution-processing at low temperatures is important and desirable for making printed photovoltaic devices and also offers the possibility of a safe and cost-effective fabrication environment for the devices. Herein, an all-solution-processed flexible organic solar cell (OSC) using poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly-(styrenesulfonate) electrodes is reported. The all-solution-processed flexible devices yield the highest power conversion efficiency of 10.12% with high fill factor of over 70%, which is the highest value for metal-oxide-free flexible OSCs reported so far...
May 16, 2018: Advanced Materials
Ailing Tang, Fan Chen, Bo Xiao, Jing Yang, Jianfeng Li, Xiaochen Wang, Erjun Zhou
Devolopment of organic solar cells with high open-circuit voltage ( V OC ) and power conversion efficiency (PCE) simutaniously plays a significant role, but there is no guideline how to choose the suitable photovoltaic material combinations. In our previous work, we developed "the Same-Acceptor-Strategy" (SAS), by utilizing the same electron-accepting segment to construct both polymeric donor and small molecular acceptor. In this study, we further expend SAS to use both the same electron-accepting and electron-donating units to design the material combination...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Junting Yu, Zhou Jiang, Yifan Hao, Qianhong Zhu, Mingliang Zhao, Xue Jiang, Jijun Zhao
Compared to inorganic solar cells, the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of organic solar cells are much lower, but they are compensated by many merits such as lower cost, less weight, and tunable structures, making them prospective for further applications. Porphyrin and phthalocyanine are the two most significant materials for organic solar cells due to their strong light-absorbing properties and semiconductor characteristics. However, there is little research on the 2D heterojunction solar cells based on these two materials, meanwhile the PCEs of them are still low...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Soeun Im, Wanjung Kim, Wonseok Cho, Dongguen Shin, Do Hyung Chun, Ryan Rhee, Jung Kyu Kim, Yeonjin Yi, Jong Hyeok Park, Jung Hyun Kim
Even though poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) has been commonly used as a hole extraction layer (HEL) for p-i-n perovskite solar cells (PSCs), the cells' photovoltaic performance deteriorates because of the low and unstable work functions (WFs) of PEDOT:PSS versus those of a perovskite layer. To overcome this drawback, we synthesized a copolymer (P(SS-co-TFPMA)) ionomer consisting of PSS and tetrafluoropropylmethacrylate (TFPMA) as an alternative to conventional PEDOT:PSS. The PEDOT:P(SS-co-TFPMA) copolymer solution and its film exhibited excellent homogeneity and high phase stability compared with a physical mixture of TFPMA with PEDOT:PSS solution...
May 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yan-Ling Wang, Quan-Song Li, Ze-Sheng Li
Acceptor-π-donor-π-acceptor (A-π-D-π-A)-types of small molecules are very promising nonfullerene acceptors to overcome the drawbacks of fullerene derivatives such as the weak absorption ability and electronic adjustability. However, only few attempts have been made to develop π-bridge units to construct highly efficient acceptors in OSCs. Herein, taking the reported acceptor P1 as a reference, five small-structured acceptors (P2, P3, P4, P5, and P6) have been designed via the replacement of the π-bridge unit...
May 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sang Myeon Lee, Kwang Hyun Park, Seungon Jung, Hyesung Park, Changduk Yang
For a given π-conjugated polymer, the batch-to-batch variations in molecular weight (Mw ) and polydispersity index (Ð) can lead to inconsistent process-dependent material properties and consequent performance variations in the device application. Using a stepwise-heating protocol in the Stille polycondensation in conjunction with optimized processing, we obtained an ultrahigh-quality PTB7 polymer having high Mw and very narrow Ð. The resulting ultrahigh-quality polymer-based solar cells demonstrate up to 9...
May 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Konstantin E Dorfman, Dazhi Xu, Jianshu Cao
Quantum coherence has been demonstrated in various systems including organic solar cells and solid state devices. In this article, we report the lower and upper bounds for the performance of quantum heat engines determined by the efficiency at maximum power. Our prediction based on the canonical three-level Scovil and Schulz-Dubois maser model strongly depends on the ratio of system-bath couplings for the hot and cold baths and recovers the theoretical bounds established previously for the Carnot engine. Further, introducing a fourth level to the maser model can enhance the maximal power and its efficiency, thus demonstrating the importance of quantum coherence in the thermodynamics and operation of the heat engines beyond the classical limit...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
Tian Lan, Francesca Soavi, Massimo Marcaccio, Pierre-Louis Brunner, Jonathan Sayago, Clara Santato
The n-type organic semiconductor phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), a soluble fullerene derivative well investigated for organic solar cells and transistors, can undergo several successive reversible, diffusion-controlled, one-electron reduction processes. We exploited such processes to shed light on the correlation between electron transfer properties, ionic and electronic transport as well as device performance in ionic liquid (IL)-gated transistors. Two ILs were considered, based on bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [TFSI] as the anion and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium [EMIM] or 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium [PYR14] as the cation...
May 14, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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