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A dithienobenzothiadiazole-quaterthiophene wide bandgap polymer enables non-fullerene based polymer solar cells with over 15% efficiency
Polymer  (IF4.43),  Pub Date : 2021-09-15, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2021.124193
Zesheng Zhang, Feilong Pan, Mei Luo, Dong Yuan, Haizhen Liu, Qin Liu, Zhuhao Wu, Lianjie Zhang, Junwu Chen

In this work, a wide bandgap (WBG) polymer donor PDTfBT-4T based on dithienobenzothiadiazole (DTfBT) and quaterthiophene (4T) was synthesized for the application in non-fullerene polymer solar cells (PSCs). Polymer PDTfBT-4T showed film absorption peak at 554 nm and optical band gap of 1.93 eV. Complementary absorption and sufficiently energetic offsets could be achieved between the PDTfBT-4T and a benzotriazole-fused Y-series non-fullerene acceptor Y14. The PDTfBT-4T:Y14 active layer could deliver an open-circuit voltage of 0.83 V, a short-circuit current density of 25.42 mA cm−2, and a fill factor of 72.0%, corresponding to a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.19%. This is the highest efficiency among WBG polymer donors based on an electron-deficient unit and an oligothiophene, which is also significantly higher than those of the fluorinated or esterified polythiophenes. The results indicate that DTfBT is a powerful electron-deficient unit, which is promising in the construction of simple WBG polymer donors for efficient NFA based PSCs.