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Title: Elucidating Batch-to-batch Variation Caused by Homocoupled Side Products in Solution Processable Organic Solar Cells
Authors: Vangerven, Tim
Verstappen, Pieter
Patil, Nilesh
D`Haen, Jan
Cardinaletti, Ilaria
Benduhn, Johannes
Van den Brande, Niko
Defour, Maxime
Lemaur, Vincent
Beljonne, David
Lazzaroni, Roberto
Champagne, Benoît
Vandewal, Koen
Andreasen, Jens W.
Adriaensens, Peter J.
Breiby, D.B.
Van Mele, Bruno
Vanderzande, Dirk
Maes, Wouter
Manca, Jean
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Chemistry of materials, 28(24), p. 9088-9098
Abstract: Conjugated polymers and small molecules based on alternating electron-donating (D) and electronaccepting (A) building blocks have led to state-of-the-art organic solar cell materials governing efficiencies beyond 10%. Unfortunately, the connection of D and A building blocks via cross-coupling reactions does not always proceed as planned, which can result in the generation of side products containing D-D or A-A homocoupling motifs. Previous studies have reported a reduced performance in polymer and small molecule solar cells when such defect structures are present. A general consensus on the impact of homocouplings on device performance is, however, still lacking as is a profound understanding of the underlying causes of the device deterioration. For differentiating the combined effect of molecular weight and homocouplings in polymer solar cells, a systematic study on a small molecule system (DTS(FBBTh2)2) is presented. The impact of homocouplings on nanomorphology, thermal, and electro-optical properties is investigated. It is demonstrated that small quantities of homocouplings (<10%) already lead to suboptimal device performance, as this strongly impacts the molecular packing and electronic properties of the photoactive layer. These results highlight the importance of material purity and pinpoint homocoupling defects as one of the most probable reasons for batch-to-batch variations.
Notes: Vangerven, T (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Inst Mat Res IMO IMOMEC, Mat Phys Div, Wetenschapspk 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. tim.vangerven@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/23110
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b04143
ISI #: 000391080900028
ISSN: 0897-4756
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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