Dithienothiapyran: An Excellent Donor Block for Building High-Performance Copolymers in Nonfullerene Polymer Solar Cells

Min Deng, Xiaopeng Xu, Young Woong Lee, Han Young Woo, Zhaozhao Bi, Wei Ma, Ying Li, Qiang Peng

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In this work, a new but excellent donor block dithienothiapyran (DTTP) was developed for constructing highly efficient wide band gap copolymer donors. Compared to dithienopyran (DTP), DTTP features weaken electron-donating ability and more planar-conjugated backbones. Polymer-fluorinated benzotriazole (FBTA) based on DTTP exhibits lower highest occupied molecular orbital level (-5.30 vs -5.21 eV), higher molar extinction coefficient (1.54 × 10 5 vs 8.65 × 10 4 M -1 cm -1 ), and better crystallinity than -FBTA based on DTP, thus producing a higher device performance of 10.51% in binary blend nonfullerene polymer solar cells (NF-PSCs) blended with IT-M. To improve the absorption strength of PDTTP-FBTA: devices in the shorter wavelength range and further optimize the blend morphology, a small molecule of, which has strong absorption at short wavelength (300-600 nm), was incorporated. Finally, the performance of the ternary blends was successfully enhanced to 11.57% and a very high fill factor of 76.5%. Our work provided a new but excellent donor block for building high-performance conjugated copolymers to achieve highly efficient NF-PSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3308-3316
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 23

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge the financial support of NSFC (21825502, 21432005, 91633301 and 51573107) and the foundation of SKLPME (sklpme2017-2-04).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 American Chemical Society.


  • dithienothiapyran
  • donor building block
  • fullerene-free polymer solar cells
  • ternary blend devices
  • wide band gap copolymer donors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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