Additive-induced miscibility regulation and hierarchical morphology enable 17.5% binary organic solar cells

Jie Lv, Hua Tang, Jiaming Huang, Cenqi Yan, Kuan Liu, Qianguang Yang, Dingqin Hu, Ranbir Singh, Jawon Lee, Shirong Lu, Gang Li, Zhipeng Kan

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Due to barrierless free charge generation, low charge trapping, and high charge mobilities, the PM6:Y6 organic solar cell (OSC) achieves an excellent power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.7%. However, the deficient hole transfer from Y6 to PM6 limits the further enhancement of the device performance. Herein, we demonstrate an additive-induced miscibility and morphology control strategy to achieve the balance of exciton dissociation and charge collection, prompting an increase in the PCE of OSCs composed of PM6:Y6 from 15.7% to 17.5%, which stands as the top PCE value of PM6:Y6 binary OSCs. The external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the optimal device significantly improves in the wavelength range where Y6 harvests photons. Therefore, the short-circuit current density (JSC) was enhanced to 26.98 mA cm-2, achieving 94.4% of the maximum theoretical JSC obtained from the identical device configuration. The remarkable performance enhancement mainly results from the miscibility-driven donor and acceptor phase optimization with hierarchical morphology formation, leading to the improved photon-to-electron response of the Y6 phase, enhanced and balanced charge extraction and collection. Our findings highlight the significance of morphology control towards unleashing the full potential of OSC materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3044-3052
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution

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