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Yun Lin, Yang Bai, Yanjun Fang, Zhaolai Chen, Shuang Yang, Xiaopeng Zheng, Shi Tang, Ye Liu, Jingjing Zhao, Jinsong Huang
Two-dimensional (2D) perovskites have been shown to be more stable than their three-dimensional (3D) counterparts due to the protection of the organic ligands. Herein a method is introduced to form 2D/3D stacking structures by the reaction of 3D perovskite with n-Butylamine (BA). Different from regular treatment with n-Butylammonium iodide (BAI) where 2D perovskite with various layers form, the reaction of BA with MAPbI3 only produce (BA)2PbI4, which has better protection due to more organic ligands in (BA)2PbI4 than the mixture of 2D perovskites...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
S Matthew Menke, Alexandre Cheminal, Patrick Conaghan, Niva A Ran, Neil C Greehnam, Guillermo C Bazan, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Akshay Rao, Richard H Friend
Donor-acceptor organic solar cells often show low open-circuit voltages (V OC) relative to their optical energy gap (E g) that limit power conversion efficiencies to ~12%. This energy loss is partly attributed to the offset between E g and that of intermolecular charge transfer (CT) states at the donor-acceptor interface. Here we study charge generation occurring in PIPCP:PC61BM, a system with a very low driving energy for initial charge separation (E g-E CT ~ 50 meV) and a high internal quantum efficiency (η IQE ~ 80%)...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
Silvia Mariotti, Oliver S Hutter, Laurie J Phillips, Peter J Yates, Biswajit Kundu, Ken Durose
In this manuscript, the inorganic perovskite CsPbI2Br is investigated as a photovoltaic material that offers higher stability than the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials. It is demonstrated that CsPbI2Br does not irreversibly degrade to its component salts as in the case of methylammonium lead iodide but instead is induced (by water vapor) to transform from its metastable brown cubic (1.92 eV band gap) phase to a yellow phase having a higher band gap (2.85 eV). This is easily reversed by heating to 350 °C in a dry environment...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Zhaoxiang Huai, Lixin Wang, Yansheng Sun, Rui Fan, Shahua Huang, Xiaohui Zhao, Xiaowei Li, Guangsheng Fu, Shaopeng Yang
Various cathode interface materials have been used in organic solar cells (OSCs) to realize high performance. However, most cathode interface materials have their respective weaknesses in maximizing the efficiency or stability of OSCs. Herein, three kinds of alcohol soluble cathode interfacial materials are combined with bathocuproine (BCP) to serve as multi-functional bilayer cathode buffers for the regular OSCs, and thus greatly enhanced power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) over 10.11%, and significantly improved device stability have been achieved...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Andrey Yu Sosorev, Dmitry Yu Godovsky, Dmitry Yu Paraschuk
The modeling of organic solar cells (OSCs) can provide a roadmap for their further improvement. Many OSC models have been proposed in recent years; however, the impact of the key intermediates from photons to electricity-hot charge-transfer (CT) states-on the OSC efficiency is highly ambiguous. In this study, we suggest an analytical kinetic model for OSC that considers a two-step charge generation via hot CT states. This hot kinetic model allowed us to evaluate the impact of different material parameters on the OSC performance: the driving force for charge separation, optical bandgap, charge mobility, geminate recombination rate, thermalization rate, average electron-hole separation distance in the CT state, dielectric permittivity, reorganization energy and charge delocalization...
January 18, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yu Qiao, Shuhan Li, Wenhui Liu, Meiqing Ran, Haifei Lu, Yingping Yang
Organic-inorganic lead halide based perovskite solar cells have received broad interest due to their merits of low fabrication cost, a low temperature solution process, and high energy conversion efficiencies. Rare-earth (RE) ion doped nanomaterials can be used in perovskite solar cells to expand the range of absorption spectra and improve the stability due to its upconversion and downconversion effect. This article reviews recent progress in using RE-ion-doped nanomaterials in mesoporous electrodes, perovskite active layers, and as an external function layer of perovskite solar cells...
January 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
Alexander Venker, Tobias Vollgraff, Jörg Sundermeyer
New ferrocenylsulfonium cation based ionic liquids were prepared by direct alkylation of the corresponding ferrocenyl-based thioethers with N-alkylbis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imides (R'TFSI). This convenient direct access to organometallic sulfonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI) salts without the need for ion exchange was chosen in order to obtain highly pure and reversibly redox active room temperature ILs in many cases. In other cases the anion cation interaction in the solid state was studied by XRD analyses...
January 17, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Deli Shen, Aiying Pang, Yafeng Li, Jie Dou, Mingdeng Wei
In this study, metal-organic frameworks, as an interfacial layer, were introduced into perovskite solar cells (PSCs) for the first time. An interface modified with the metal-organic framework ZIF-8 efficiently enhanced perovskite crystallinity and grain sizes, and the photovoltaic performance of the PSCs was significantly improved, resulting in a maximum PCE of 16.99%.
January 17, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Kevin L Gu, Yan Zhou, William A Morrison, Katherine Park, Sung Park, Zhenan Bao
Rapid nanoscale imaging of the bulk heterojunction layer in organic solar cells is essential to the continued development of high-performance devices. Unfortunately, commonly used imaging techniques such as tunneling electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) suffer from significant drawbacks. For instance, assuming domain identity from phase contrast or topographical features can lead to inaccurate morphological conclusions. Here we demonstrate a technique known as Photo-induced Force Microscopy (PiFM) for imaging organic solar cell bulk heterojunctions with nanoscale chemical specificity...
January 16, 2018: ACS Nano
Jong Baek Park, Mehmet Isik, Hea Jung Park, In Hwan Jung, David Mecerreyes, Do-Hoon Hwang
Interfacial layers play a critical role in building up the ohmic contact between the electrodes and functional layers in organic photovoltaic solar cells. These layers are based on either inorganic oxides (ZnO, TiO2) or water-soluble organic polymers such as poly[(9,9-dioctyl-2,7-fluorene)-alt-(9,9-bis(3'-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorene)] (PFN) and polyethylenimine ethoxylated (PEIE). In this work, we have developed a series of novel poly(ionic liquid) non-conjugated block copolymers for improving the performance of inverted organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) by acting as work function modifiers of indium tin oxide (ITO) cathode...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Isaac N Mills, Jonathan A Porras, Stefan Bernhard
The exponential growth in published studies on phosphorescent metal complexes has been triggered by their utilization in optoelectronics, solar energy conversion, and biological labeling applications. Very recent breakthroughs in organic photoredox transformations have further increased the research efforts dedicated to discerning the inner workings and structure-property relationships of these chromophores. Initially, the principal focus was on the Ru(II)-tris-diimine complex family. However, the limited photostability and lack of luminescence tunability discovered in these complexes prompted a broadening of the research to include 5d transition metal ions...
January 16, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Yuan Zhao, Huan Wang, Shengpeng Xia, Feng Zhou, Zhenghui Luo, Jiajia Luo, Feng He, Chuluo Yang
Two different non-fullerene small molecule acceptors, named m-PIB and p-PIB based on 9,9'-bifluorenylidene (BF) and perylene diimide (PDI) were designed and synthesized. Four β-substituted PDIs were linked to 9,9'-bifluorenylidene in different positions. Based on the analysis of density function theory (DFT), p-PIB exhibited reduced intramolecular twisting between the perylene diimide moieties, more delocalized wave function and sufficiently wider π-electron delocalization compared to m-PIB. The absorption ability of p-PIB was enhanced due to the increased intermolecular interaction...
January 16, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Sholeh Kazemifard, Leila Naji, Faramarz Afshar Taromi
Ternary blend (TB) strategy has been considered as an effective method to enhance the photovoltaic performance of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). Here, we report on TB-based PSCs containing two donor materials; poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and Rhodamine B (RhB) laser organic dye, and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) as an acceptor. The influence of RhB weight percentage and injection volume was extensively studied. To gain insight into the influences of RhB on the photovoltaic performance of PSCs, physicochemical and optical properties of TBs were compared with those of BHJ binary blend as a standard...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Tengfei Li, Shuixing Dai, Zhifan Ke, Langxuan Yang, Jiayu Wang, Cenqi Yan, Wei Ma, Xiaowei Zhan
A fused tris(thienothiophene) (3TT) building block is designed and synthesized with strong electron-donating and molecular packing properties, where three thienothiophene units are condensed with two cyclopentadienyl rings. Based on 3TT, a fused octacylic electron acceptor (FOIC) is designed and synthesized, using strong electron-withdrawing 2-(5/6-fluoro-3-oxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-ylidene)-malononitrile as end groups. FOIC exhibits absorption in 600-950 nm region peaked at 836 nm with extinction coefficient of up to 2 × 105 m-1 cm-1 , low bandgap of 1...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Wenchao Huang, Pei Cheng, Yang Michael Yang, Gang Li, Yang Yang
Organic solar cells (OSCs) based on bulk heterojunction structures are promising candidates for next-generation solar cells. However, the narrow absorption bandwidth of organic semiconductors is a critical issue resulting in insufficient usage of the energy from the solar spectrum, and as a result, it hinders performance. Devices based on multiple-donor or multiple-acceptor components with complementary absorption spectra provide a solution to address this issue. OSCs based on multiple-donor or multiple-acceptor systems have achieved power conversion efficiencies over 12%...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Emily R Draper, Bart Dietrich, Christopher Brasnett, Stephen Sproules, Tom O McDonald, Annela M Seddon, Dave J Adams
As the use of low-molecular-weight gelators (LMWGs) as components in single and multicomponent systems for optoelectronic and solar cell applications increases, so does the need for more functional gelators. There are relatively few examples of p-type gelators that can be used in such systems. Here, the synthesis and characterization of three amino-acid-functionalized p-type gelators based on terthiophene, tetrathiafulvalene, and oligo(phenylenevinylene) are described. The cores of these molecules are already used as electron donors in optoelectronic applications...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Fatih Ongul, Sureyya Aydin Yuksel, Cagdas Allahverdi, Sinem Bozar, Mehmet Kazici, Serap Gunes
In this study, the high quality CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) capped with stearic acid were synthesized in a solvent and then purified four times by using the precipitation and redissolution process. The average size of the synthesized CdSe NCs was determined ~3.0nm via transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurement and their corresponding optical band edge energy was also calculated as ~2.1eV using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy. The bulk heterojunction (BHJ) hybrid solar cells based on a ternary system including P3HT, PCBM and CdSe NCs at different weight concentrations (0wt%, 0...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Sadok Ben Dkhil, Martin Pfannmöller, Rasmus R Schroeder, Riva Alkarsifi, Meriem Gaceur, Wolfgang Köntges, Hamed Heidari, Sara Bals, Olivier Margeat, Jörg Ackermann, Christine Videlot-Ackermann
The thermal stability of printed polymer solar cells at elevated temperatures needs to be improved to achieve high-throughput fabrication including annealing steps as well as long-term stability. During device processing, thermal annealing impact both the organic photoactive layer and the two interfacial layers making detailed studies of degradation mechanism delicate. A recently identified thermally stable PTB7:PC70BM blend as photoactive layer in combination with PEDOT:PSS as hole extraction layer is used here to focus on the impact of electron extraction layer (EEL) on the thermal stability of solar cells...
January 12, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yameng Ren, Danyang Sun, Yiming祎明 Cao曹, Hoi Nok Tsao, Yi Yuan, Shaik M Zakeeruddin, Peng Wang, Michael Grätzel
We report a blue donor-acceptor organic dye, coded as R6, which features a primary chromophore of a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon 9,19-dihydrobenzo[1',10']phenanthro[3',4':4,5]thieno[3,2-b]benzo[1,10]phenanthro[3,4-d]thiophene (BPT2) coupled with a diarylamine electron-donor and 4-(7-ethynylbenzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazol-4-yl)benzoic acid acceptor. Dye R6 displays a brilliant sapphire color on a sensitized titania mesoporous film together with a Co(II/III)tris(bipyridyl)-based redox electrolyte. Significantly, such judiciously tailored DSCs achieve an impressive solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12...
January 11, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Dongdong Li, Wen-Yong Lai, Yi-Zhou Zhang, Wei Huang
Printed electronics are an important enabling technology for the development of low-cost, large-area, and flexible optoelectronic devices. Transparent conductive films (TCFs) made from solution-processable transparent conductive materials, such as metal nanoparticles/nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphene, and conductive polymers, can simultaneously exhibit high mechanical flexibility, low cost, and better photoelectric properties compared to the commonly used sputtered indium-tin-oxide-based TCFs, and are thus receiving great attention...
January 10, 2018: Advanced Materials
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