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Single-junction organic solar cells with over 19% efficiency enabled by a refined double-fibril network morphology

Zhu, Lei; Zhang, Ming; Xu, Jinqiu; Li, Chao; Yan, Jun; Zhou, Guanqing; Zhong, Wenkai; Hao, Tianyu; Song, Jiali; Xue, Xiaonan; Zhou, Zichun; Zeng, Rui; Zhu, Haiming; Chen, Chun-Chao; MacKenzie, Roderick C.I.; Zou, Yecheng; Nelson, Jenny; Zhang, Yongming; Sun, Yanming; Liu, Feng

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Authors

Lei Zhu

Ming Zhang

Jinqiu Xu

Chao Li

Jun Yan

Guanqing Zhou

Wenkai Zhong

Tianyu Hao

Jiali Song

Xiaonan Xue

Zichun Zhou

Rui Zeng

Haiming Zhu

Chun-Chao Chen

Yecheng Zou

Jenny Nelson

Yongming Zhang

Yanming Sun

Feng Liu



Abstract

In organic photovoltaics, morphological control of donor and acceptor domains on the nanoscale is the key for enabling efficient exciton diffusion and dissociation, carrier transport and suppression of recombination losses. To realize this, here, we demonstrated a double-fibril network based on a ternary donor–acceptor morphology with multi-length scales constructed by combining ancillary conjugated polymer crystallizers and a non-fullerene acceptor filament assembly. Using this approach, we achieved an average power conversion efficiency of 19.3% (certified 19.2%). The success lies in the good match between the photoelectric parameters and the morphological characteristic lengths, which utilizes the excitons and free charges efficiently. This strategy leads to an enhanced exciton diffusion length and a reduced recombination rate, hence minimizing photon-to-electron losses in the ternary devices as compared to their binary counterparts. The double-fibril network morphology strategy minimizes losses and maximizes the power output, offering the possibility of 20% power conversion efficiencies in single-junction organic photovoltaics.

Citation

Zhu, L., Zhang, M., Xu, J., Li, C., Yan, J., Zhou, G., …Liu, F. (2022). Single-junction organic solar cells with over 19% efficiency enabled by a refined double-fibril network morphology. Nature Materials, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-022-01244-y

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 29, 2022
Online Publication Date May 5, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date May 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 5, 2022
Journal Nature Materials
Print ISSN 1476-1122
Electronic ISSN 1476-4660
Publisher Nature Research
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-022-01244-y
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1206246

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