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Title
Fast charge separation in a non-fullerene organic solar cell with a small driving force
Article in journal
Authors
Jing Liu, Shangshang Chen, Deping Qian, Bhoj Gautam, Guofang Yang, Jingbo Zhao, Jonas Bergqvist, Fengling Zhang, Wei Ma, Harald Ade, Olle Inganäs, Kenan Gundogdu, Feng Gao, He Yan
Publication Year
2016
Source
NATURE ENERGY, 2016, (1),
Link to Source (DOI)
10.1038/NENERGY.2016.89
Abstract
<p>Fast and efficient charge separation is essential to achieve high power conversion efficiency in organic solar cells (OSCs). In state-of-the-art OSCs, this is usually achieved by a significant driving force, defined as the offset between the bandgap (E-gap) of the donor/acceptor materials and the energy of the charge transfer (CT) state (E-CT), which is typically greater than 0.3 eV. The large driving force causes a relatively large voltage loss that hinders performance. Here, we report non-fullerene OSCs that exhibit ultrafast and efficient charge separation despite a negligible driving force, as E-CT is nearly identical to E-gap. Moreover, the small driving force is found to have minimal detrimental effects on charge transfer dynamics of the OSCs. We demonstrate a non-fullerene OSC with 9.5% efficiency and nearly 90% internal quantum efficiency despite a low voltage loss of 0.61V. This creates a path towards highly efficient OSCs with a low voltage loss.</p>