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Controlling the Solidification of Organic Photovoltaic Blends with Nucleating Agents

Jennifer A. Nekuda Malik
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Neil D. Treat
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Maged Abdelsamie
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Liyang Yu
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Ruipeng Li
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Detlef-M. Smilgies
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Aram Amassian
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Craig J. Hawker
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Michael L. Chabinyc
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
/ Natalie Stingelin
  • Department of Materials and Centre for Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ
Published Online: 2014-11-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/oph-2014-0006

Abstract

Blending fullerenes with a donor polymer for the fabrication of organic solar cells often leads to at least partial vitrification of one, if not both, components. For prototypical poly(3-hexylthiophene):fullerene blend, we show that the addition of a commercial nucleating agent, di(3,4-dimethyl benzylidene)sorbitol, to such binary blends accelerates the crystallization of the donor, resulting in an increase in its degree of crystallinity in as-cast structures. This allows manipulation of the extent of intermixing/ phase separation of the donor and acceptor directly from solution, offering a tool to improve device characteristics such as power conversion efficiency.

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Received: 2014-06-09

Accepted: 2014-08-11

Published Online: 2014-11-20



Citation Information: Organic Photonics and Photovoltaics, ISSN (Online) 2299-3177, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/oph-2014-0006. Export Citation

©2014 Jennifer A. Nekuda Malik et al.. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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