Designing small molecule organic solar cells with high open-circuit voltage

Julija Kudrjasova, Melissa Van Landeghem, Tim Vangerven, Jurgen Kesters, Gaël H.L. Heintges, Ilaria Cardinaletti, Ruben Lenaerts, Huguette Penxten, Peter Adriaensens, Laurence Lutsen, Dirk Vanderzande, Jean Manca, Etienne Goovaerts, Wouter Maes

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Three extended 2,5-dithienylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole-based small molecule chromophores are prepared via a sustainable direct arylation approach and their physicochemical and opto-electrical material characteristics are analyzed toward integration in solution-processed bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaics. Efficient charge separation and high values of the charge transfer state energy are derived from sensitive ground and excited state absorption and photoluminescence measurements on blends of the thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole-based electron donor components with the PC71BM fullerene acceptor. Upon implementation in organic solar cells, a maximum power conversion efficiency of 2.7% and particularly high open-circuit voltages (0.93−0.98 V) are observed, which are correlated to the charge transfer state energies as derived from photoluminescence, Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy and combined electrochemical and photophysical data. Furthermore, several loss processes at the origin of the modest short-circuit current densities and fill factors are elucidated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1253-1261
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • charge transfer
  • direct arylation
  • donor-acceptor systems
  • organic photovoltaics
  • organic semiconductors


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