Efficient organic solar cells with helical perylene diimide electron acceptors

Yu Zhong, M. Tuan Trinh, Rongsheng Chen, Wei Wang, Petr P. Khlyabich, Bharat Kumar, Qizhi Xu, Chang Yong Nam, Matthew Y. Sfeir, Charles Black, Michael L. Steigerwald, Yueh Lin Loo, Shengxiong Xiao, Fay Ng, X. Y. Zhu, Colin Nuckolls

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We report an efficiency of 6.1% for a solution-processed non-fullerene solar cell using a helical perylene diimide (PDI) dimer as the electron acceptor. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed both electron and hole transfer processes at the donor-acceptor interfaces, indicating that charge carriers are created from photogenerated excitons in both the electron donor and acceptor phases. Light-intensity-dependent current-voltage measurements suggested different recombination rates under short-circuit and open-circuit conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15215-15221
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number43
StatePublished - Oct 29 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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