Non-Fullerene Organic Electron-Transporting Materials for Perovskite Solar Cells

Su Kyo Jung, David S. Lee, Myung Hyun Ann, Sang Hyuk Im, Jong H. Kim, O. Pil Kwon

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Organic electron-transporting materials (ETMs) with low-temperature solution processability and high electron-transfer/transport characteristics have received significant attention for their use in high-performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). In contrast to widely investigated fullerene-based organic ETMs for PSCs, only a few types of non-fullerene-based ETMs have been developed. In this Concept article, a representative design concept for non-fullerene ETMs is described for use in normal (n-i-p) and inverted (p-i-n) type PSCs. On the basis of a discussion on ETM requirements for PSCs, recently developed non-fullerene polymeric and small-molecule-based ETMs for PSCs are highlighted, alongside various other approaches for enhancing PSC device performance, such as using additional dopants and introducing amine terminal groups in the ETMs and ETM-based interlayers. This Concept provides a basic design concept for non-fullerene-based ETMs in PSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3882-3892
Number of pages11
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 23

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning and the Ministry of Education, Korea (No. 2014R1A5A1009799 and No. 2018R1D1A1B07047645) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea [New & Renewable Energy Core Technology Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) (No. 20183010013820)].

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© 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • electron transfer
  • electron transport
  • perovskites
  • solar cells
  • solution processability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Energy


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