Non-fullerene-based organic photodetectors for infrared communication

Maxime Babics, Helen Bristow, Weimin Zhang, Andrew Wadsworth, Marios Neophytou, Nicola Gasparini, Iain McCulloch

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Solution-processed organic photodetectors (OPDs) sensitive to infrared (IR) light have the potential to be used in various technologies from health monitoring to communication. These detectors require low bandgap materials absorbing photons beyond 750 nm with high responsivity. In this work, an ultra-low bandgap non-fullerene acceptor (NFA) that absorbs light until 1020 nm is developed. Used in a bulk heterojunction (BHJ)-based device, the photodetector has a maximum responsivity of 0.50 A W−1at 890 nm without bias voltage comparable with silicon-based detectors. Due to high and balanced mobilities of 10−4cm2V−1s−1, the device has a fast speed of response to IR (i.e.rise and decay time less than 4 μs) and minor damping of 1 dB in the IR communication range (38-50 kHz). The organic photodetector transcripts with accuracy the message emitted around 910 nm from a commercial remote control, thus demonstrating the potential of organic electronics for infrared communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2375-2380
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 21 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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