Controlling the morphology of fullerene-free polymer solar cells using additives: a neutron reflectivity study


We have recently demonstrated, using neutron reflectivity in combination with other techniques, that in organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) the additive 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) largely remains in the film after spin-coating acting as a plasticizer to increase molecular mobility and allowing morphological improvement of the film with a consequent increase in power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the OPV device. This new finding opens new perspectives into the morphology control of OPVs, namely through the use of additives and mixtures of additives possessing different affinities towards the polymer and the acceptor which will allow us to optimize the corresponding morphology and PCE. In this proposal we plan to use this strategy to improve the morphology and PCE of fullerene-free solar cells based on the high efficient system PBDB-T:ITIC which has a reported PCE > 12%.

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Creator Dr Gabriel Perez Garcia; Dr Rachel Kilbride; Dr Jos Cooper; Dr Gabriel Bernardo; Dr Andrew Parnell; Professor Richard Jones
Publisher ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Publication Year 2021
Rights CC-BY Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Contact isisdata(at)
Resource Type Dataset
Discipline Photon- and Neutron Geosciences
Temporal Coverage Begin 2018-05-09T07:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2018-05-12T08:01:08Z