Employing PCBTDPP as an efficient donor polymer for high performance ternary polymer solar cells

Binrui Xu, Gopalan Saianand, V. A.L. Roy, Qiquan Qiao, Khan Mamun Reza, Shin Won Kang

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A compatible low-bandgap donor polymer (poly[N-90-heptadecanyl-2,7carbazole-alt- 3,6-bis(thiophen-5-yl)-2,5-dioctyl-2,5-dihydropyrrolo[3,4]pyrrole-1,4-dione], PCBTDPP) was judicially introduced into the archetypal poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PC61BM) photoactive system to fabricate highly efficient ternary based bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs). The PCBTDPP ternary-based PSC with optimal loading (0.2 wt.%) displayed outstanding performance with a champion power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.28% as compared to the PCE (4.67%) for P3HT:PC61BM-based PSC (reference). The improved PCE for PCBTDPP ternary-based PSC can be mainly attributed to the incorporation of PCBTDPP into P3HT:PC61BM that beneficially improved the optical, morphological, electronic, and photovoltaic (PV) performance. This work instills a rational strategy for identifying components (donor/acceptor (D/A) molecules) with complementary beneficial properties toward fabricating efficient ternary PSCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1423
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Low-bandgap
  • Polymer solar cells
  • Ternary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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