Improved Photovoltaic Performance of Ternary All-Polymer Solar Cells by Incorporating a New Y6-based Polymer Acceptor and PC61BM

Hong Diem Chau, Meenal Kataria, Na Yeon Kwon, Su Hong Park, Youngseo Kim, Hungu Kang, Amit Kumar Harit, Han Young Woo, Hyo Jae Yoon, Sungnam Park, Min Ju Cho, Dong Hoon Choi

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Recently, all-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs) have realized significantly improved power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) through the development of various high-performance polymer donors and polymer acceptors. In addition, their device efficiency has been maximized using numerous strategies, such as thermal annealing and adding additives. In this study, we synthesized a new low-bandgap polymer acceptor (PTPB-TT) for application in all-PSCs. PTPB-TT exhibited adequate energy levels as a polymer acceptor and efficient complementary absorption behavior in the blend film. Moreover, we introduced a ternary system with [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) as the third-component acceptor to improve the light-harvesting properties and morphology of the binary blend film. PC61BM realizes the cascade energy levels in the ternary system, enabling more efficient charge transfer between the donor and the acceptor polymers than in the binary system. Therefore, the corresponding ternary devices displayed a relatively high PCE of 8.03% compared to the binary all-PSCs. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-596
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgment: The authors acknowledge the financial support from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2019R1A2C2002647, 2019R1A6A1A11044070, and 2022R1A2B5B02001454). We are grateful to the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (Pohang, Korea) for allowing us to conduct the grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements (GIWAXD).

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© 2022, The Polymer Society of Korea and Springer.


  • cascade energy levels
  • complementary absorption
  • polymer acceptor
  • polymer solar cells
  • ternary blend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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