Dopant-Free Hole Transport Materials Based on a Large Conjugated Electron-Deficient Core for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

Hai, Jiefeng and Wu, Hao and Yin, Xinxing and Song, Jiaxing and Hu, Lin and Jin, Yingzhi and Li, Ling and Su, Zhen and Xu, Zhiguang and Wang, Hao (2021) Dopant-Free Hole Transport Materials Based on a Large Conjugated Electron-Deficient Core for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells. Advanced Functional Materials, 31 (51):2105458. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1616-301X


Abstract

Hole transport materials (HTMs) play a significant role in device efficiencies and long-term stabilities of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). In this work, two simple dopant-free HTMs are designed with a large conjugated electron-deficient core. On the one hand, a large coplanar backbone endows enhanced π–π stacking and reduced hole hopping distance. On the other hand, the incorporation of electron-deficient unit can easily tune the energy levels as well as increase hole mobilities. Combining these two advantages together, 12,13-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-3,9-diundecyl-12,13-dihydro[1,2,5]thiadiazole[3,4-e]thieno[2″,3″:4,5]thieno[2′,3′:4,5]pyrrolo[3,2-g]thieno[2′,3′:4,5]thieno[3,2-b]indole is chosen as the large electron-deficient core to construct two novel dopant-free HTMs, Y6-T and Y-T. Both Y6-T and Y-T behave suitable highest occupied molecular orbital levels, good hole mobilities, as well as strong hydrophobicities. After careful device optimization with a passivation agent, Y-T delivers an impressive power conversion efficiency of 20.29%, which is higher than that of Y6-T (18.82%) and doped spiro-OMeTAD (19.24%). Moreover, PSCs based on Y6-T and Y-T show much better long-term stabilities than spiro-OMeTAD due to the intrinsic hydrophobicity. Therefore, this work provides a promising candidate as well as a useful design strategy for exploring dopant-free HTMs, which may pave the way for the commercialization of PSCs.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 06:39
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 05:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: dopant-free; electron-deficient core; hole transport materials; perovskite solar cells
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401605 Functional materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280110 Expanding knowledge in engineering
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202105458
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46320

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