Organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors containing thiophene [3,2-b] pyrrole

Jintao Zhu, Zhuohan Zhang, Yifan Lv, Ai Lan, Hong Lu, Hainam Do, Fei Chen

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In this work, thiophene[3,2-b] pyrrole (TP) was introduced to construct two novel fused-ring conjugated non-fullerene acceptors (NFAs), named as PTBTP-2F and PTBTP-4F. By fusing two pyrrole rings on both sides of an indacenodithiophene (IDT) unit, a brand-new central core based on TP block (denoted as PTBTP) was achieved to serve as the D core to construct an A-D-A type NFA together with two accepting units (IC–F and IC-2F). Benefitting from the nitrogen atom in the pyrrole ring, both PTBTP-2F and PTBTP-4F exhibited great film forming property as well as high LUMO energy levels of −4.09 eV and −4.11 eV for PTBTP-2F and PTBTP-4F, respectively. Since IC-2F presents stronger electron-withdrawing capability than IC-F, PTBTP-4F demonstrated red-shifted absorptions in solution/film in comparison with PTBTP-2F. When blending with donor PBDB-T, the PTBTP-2F fabricated devices achieved an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11.14% with a VOC of 0.91 V, a JSC of 17.89 mA cm−2 and an FF of 68.66%, while the PTBTP-4F fabricated devices afforded a PCE of 12.33% with a VOC of 0.86 V, a JSC of 20.74 mA cm−2 and an FF of 69.02%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106461
JournalOrganic Electronics
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • Non-fullerene acceptors
  • Organic solar cells
  • Thiophene [3,2-b]pyrrole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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