Novel Dimethylmethylene-Bridged Triphenylamine-PDI Acceptor for Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells

Yu Xiong, Bo Wu, Xiaoyan Zheng, Zheng Zhao, Ping Deng, Ming Lin, Benzhong Tang, Beng ONG*

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A novel, star-shaped electron acceptor, DMTPA-PDI3, derived from a planar dimethylmethylene-bridged triphenylamine core with three acetylene-linked perylene diimide (PDI) units is developed as a nonfullerene acceptor for organic solar cells (OSCs). DMTPA-PDI3 manifests significantly reduced intramolecular twisting, enabling sufficient system-wide π-electron delocalization leading to broadened spectral absorption and raised lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level. As a result, higher and more balanced hole and electron transport properties are observed. Active layers for OSCs comprising DMTPA-PDI3 acceptor and PBT7-Th donor exhibit suppressed intermolecular aggregation, giving rise to uniform nanophase network formation. These OSC devices have afforded respectably high power-conversion efficiency of about 5%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700110
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
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User-Defined Keywords

  • nonfullerene acceptors
  • organic solar cells
  • perylene diimide
  • triphenylamine


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