Triphenylamine-Based Push-Pull Molecule for Photovoltaic Applications: From Synthesis to Ultrafast Device Photophysics

Oleg Kozlov, Xiaoming Liu, Yuriy N. Luponosov, Alexander N. Solodukhin, Victoria Y. Toropynina, Jie Min, Mikhail I. Buzin, Svetlana M. Peregudova, Christoph J. Brabec, Sergei A. Ponomarenko, Maxim S. Pshenichnikov

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Abstract

Small push pull molecules attract much attention as prospective donor materials for organic solar cells (OSCs). By chemical engineering, it is possible to combine a number of attractive properties such as broad absorption, efficient charge separation, and vacuum and solution processabilities in a single molecule. Here we report the synthesis and early time photophysics of such a molecule, TPA-2T-DCV-Me, based on the triphenylamine (TPA) donor core and dicyanovinyl (DCV) acceptor end group connected by a thiophene bridge. Using time-resolved photoinduced absorption and photoluminescence, we demonstrate that in blends with [70]PCBM the molecule works both as an electron donor and hole acceptor, thereby allowing for two independent channels of charge generation. The charge-generation process is followed by the recombination of interfacial charge transfer states that takes place on the subnanosecond time scale as revealed by time-resolved photoluminescence and nongeminate recombination as follows from the OSC performance. Our findings demonstrate the potential of TPA-DCV-based molecules as donor materials for both solution-processed and vacuum-deposited OSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6424-6435
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry. C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces
Volume121
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30-Mar-2017

Keywords

  • ORGANIC SOLAR-CELLS
  • CHARGE-TRANSFER COMPLEXES
  • ELECTRON-TRANSFER
  • HIGH-EFFICIENCY
  • BULK-HETEROJUNCTIONS
  • TRANSFER STATES
  • BAND-GAP
  • SEMICONDUCTORS
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DYNAMICS

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