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Intrinsically Stretchable and Non‐Halogenated Solvent Processed Polymer Solar Cells Enabled by Hydrophilic Spacer‐Incorporated Polymers

Intrinsically Stretchable and Non‐Halogenated Solvent Processed Polymer Solar Cells Enabled by... Blends of polymer donors (PDs) and small molecule acceptors (SMAs) have afforded highly efficient polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, most of the efficient PSCs are processed using toxic halogenated solvents, and they are mechanically fragile. Here, a new series of PDs by incorporating a hydrophilic oligo(ethylene glycol) flexible spacer (OEG‐FS) is developed, and efficient PSCs with a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 17.74% processed by a non‐halogenated solvent are demonstrated. Importantly, the incorporation of these OEG‐FSs into the PDs significantly increases the mechanical robustness and ductility of resulting PSCs, making them suitable for application as stretchable devices. The OEG‐FS alleviates excessive backbone rigidity of the PDs while enhancing their pre‐aggregation in the non‐halogenated solvent. In addition, the OEG‐FS in the PDs enhances PD‐SMA interfacial interactions and improves blend morphology, resulting in efficient charge generation and mechanical stress dissipation. The resulting PSCs demonstrate a superior PCE (17.74%) and high crack‐onset strain (COS = 10.50%), outperforming the PSCs without OEG (PCE = 15.64% and COS = 2.99%). Importantly, intrinsically stretchable (IS) PSCs containing the PD featuring OEG‐FS exhibit a high PCE (12.05%) and stretchability (maintaining 80% of the initial PCE after 22% strain), demonstrating their viability for wearable applications. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advanced Energy Materials Wiley

Intrinsically Stretchable and Non‐Halogenated Solvent Processed Polymer Solar Cells Enabled by Hydrophilic Spacer‐Incorporated Polymers

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2022 Wiley‐VCH GmbH
ISSN
1614-6832
eISSN
1614-6840
DOI
10.1002/aenm.202202224
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Abstract

Blends of polymer donors (PDs) and small molecule acceptors (SMAs) have afforded highly efficient polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, most of the efficient PSCs are processed using toxic halogenated solvents, and they are mechanically fragile. Here, a new series of PDs by incorporating a hydrophilic oligo(ethylene glycol) flexible spacer (OEG‐FS) is developed, and efficient PSCs with a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 17.74% processed by a non‐halogenated solvent are demonstrated. Importantly, the incorporation of these OEG‐FSs into the PDs significantly increases the mechanical robustness and ductility of resulting PSCs, making them suitable for application as stretchable devices. The OEG‐FS alleviates excessive backbone rigidity of the PDs while enhancing their pre‐aggregation in the non‐halogenated solvent. In addition, the OEG‐FS in the PDs enhances PD‐SMA interfacial interactions and improves blend morphology, resulting in efficient charge generation and mechanical stress dissipation. The resulting PSCs demonstrate a superior PCE (17.74%) and high crack‐onset strain (COS = 10.50%), outperforming the PSCs without OEG (PCE = 15.64% and COS = 2.99%). Importantly, intrinsically stretchable (IS) PSCs containing the PD featuring OEG‐FS exhibit a high PCE (12.05%) and stretchability (maintaining 80% of the initial PCE after 22% strain), demonstrating their viability for wearable applications.

Journal

Advanced Energy MaterialsWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2022

Keywords: eco‐friendly processing; intrinsically stretchable solar cells; mechanical robustness; polymer donors; polymer solar cells

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