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2019, 12(4): 777–783

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https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-019-2288-9

Black phosphorus nanoflakes as morphology modifier for efficient fullerene-free organic solar cells with high fill-factor and better morphological stability

Weitao Yang1, Long Ye2, Fenfa Yao3, Chuanhong Jin3, Harald Ade2, and Hongzheng Chen1 (*)

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1 State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, & Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
2 Department of Physics, Organic and Carbon Electronics Laboratory (ORaCEL), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
3 State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China

Keywords: fullerene-free organic solar cells, black phosphorus nanoflakes, morphology tuning, device stability
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Morphology of the donor:acceptor blend plays a critical role in the photovoltaic performance of the organic solar cells (OSCs). Herein, liquid-phase-exfoliated black phosphorus nanoflakes (BPNFs), for their outstanding electronic property and good compatibility to solution process, were applied to fullerene-free OSCs as morphology modifier. Revealed by X-ray scattering measurements, the PTB7-Th:IEICO-4F blends incorporated with BPNFs exhibit more ordered π-π stacking and promoted domain purity, contributing to lower charge transport resistance and suppressed charge recombination within the bulk heterojunction (BHJ). As a result, a high fill factor (FF) of 0.73 and a best power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.2% were obtained for fullerene-free OSCs based on PTB7-Th:IEICO-4F blends incorporating with BPNFs, which is among the highest FF of the as-cast fullerene-free OSCs with PCE over 12%. More importantly, the embedded BPNFs help to improve the morphological stability of the devices probably by retarding the phase mixing in the BHJ during the aging period. Besides, analogous enhancements were observed in another fullerene-free OSCs based on PBDB-T:ITIC. In a word, this work provides a new strategy of using two-dimentional nanoflakes as facile and universal morphology modifier for efficient fullerene-free OSCs.
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Black phosphorus nanoflakes as morphology modifier for efficient fullerene-free organic solar cells with high fill-factor and better morphological stability. Nano Res. 2019, 12(4): 777–783 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-019-2288-9

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