Perylene diimide based all small-molecule organic solar cells: Impact of branched-alkyl side chains on solubility, photophysics, self-assembly, and photovoltaic parameters

Perylene diimide based all small-molecule organic solar cells: Impact of branched-alkyl side... Perylene diimide derivatives have been under intense investigation to replace fullerenes as the electron accepting component in organic photovoltaics, with molecular complexity continuing to grow. Simple alkyl-substituted perylene diimide monomers at the imide nitrogen position, however, have not been extensively investigated. Herein we demonstrate that subtle alkyl-substitutions at the imide-nitrogen position lead to significant changes in solubility, thin-film self-assembly and optical properties. When blended with a small-molecule donor to form all small-molecule, fullerene-free, solution processed organic solar cells, we show that the photovoltaic device performance and consistency can be tuned via alkyl-chain modifications. In addition we have simplified the device fabrication process by utilizing a silver cathode coupled with a small-molecule-ionic interlayer and achieved comparable performance to devices fabricated with a traditional Ca/Al cathode. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Organic Electronics Elsevier

Perylene diimide based all small-molecule organic solar cells: Impact of branched-alkyl side chains on solubility, photophysics, self-assembly, and photovoltaic parameters

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
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1566-1199
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10.1016/j.orgel.2016.05.012
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Abstract

Perylene diimide derivatives have been under intense investigation to replace fullerenes as the electron accepting component in organic photovoltaics, with molecular complexity continuing to grow. Simple alkyl-substituted perylene diimide monomers at the imide nitrogen position, however, have not been extensively investigated. Herein we demonstrate that subtle alkyl-substitutions at the imide-nitrogen position lead to significant changes in solubility, thin-film self-assembly and optical properties. When blended with a small-molecule donor to form all small-molecule, fullerene-free, solution processed organic solar cells, we show that the photovoltaic device performance and consistency can be tuned via alkyl-chain modifications. In addition we have simplified the device fabrication process by utilizing a silver cathode coupled with a small-molecule-ionic interlayer and achieved comparable performance to devices fabricated with a traditional Ca/Al cathode.

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Organic ElectronicsElsevier

Published: Aug 1, 2016

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