Green-solvent processable semiconducting polymers applicable in additive-free perovskite and polymer solar cells: Molecular weights, photovoltaic performance, and thermal stability

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Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ISSN: 2050-7496, Vol: 6, Issue: 14, Page: 5538-5543

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Junwoo Lee; Mahdi Malekshahi Byranvand; Kyoungwon Choi; Hong Il Kim; Sang Ah Park; Taiho Park; Tack Ho Lee; Jin Young Kim
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); The Royal Society of Chemistry
Chemistry; Energy; Materials Science
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In this study, we demonstrated the effects of the molecular weight (MW) of a green-solvent processable semiconducting polymer (asy-PBTBDT) on its photovoltaic performance and device thermal stability in green processed devices for the first time. The asy-PBTBDT with a high MW (132 kDa) had the highest μvalues (4.91 × 10cmVswithout dopants and 5.77 × 10cmVswith dopants) as a result of increase in the π-π stacking along with MW as compared to low-MW asy-PBTBDTs (27 and 8 kDa). The high-MW asy-PBTBDT with a high μachieved the best power conversion efficiencies of 18.2% and 20.0% for the undoped and doped states in PerSCs, respectively, and 5.7% in PSCs in green processed devices. Furthermore, the glass transition temperature increased with an increase in MW; this indicated an effective decrease in heat-induced morphological degradation in the photovoltaic devices. In addition, an increase in the chain density along with MW led to good robustness against humidity and oxygen.