T-Shaped Indan-1,3-dione Derivatives as Promising Electron Donors for Bulk Heterojunction Small Molecule Solar Cell

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Adhikari, T
Solanke, P.
Pathak, Dinesh
Wagner, Thomas
Bures, Filip
Reed, Tyler
Nunzi, JM
Indan-1,3-dione , Bulk Heterojunction , Solar Cell , Morphology , Roughness , XRD , Photoluminescence
We report on the photovoltaic performance of novel T-Shaped Indan-1,3-dione derivatives as donors in a solution processed bulk heterojunction solar cells. Small molecule bulk heterojunction solar cells of these molecules with [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) were fabricated and characterized. The preliminary characterization of these devices yielded a PCE of 0.24% and 0.33% for two separate derivatives. These low power conversion efficiencies were attributed to a high surface roughness with a large number of dewetting spots. Doping with 10% Polystyrene in the Indan-1,3-dione derivatives decreases surface roughness and dewetting spots thereby improving the efficiency of the devices. Efficiency of the devices was found as 0.39% and 0.51% for two derivatives after doping with polystyrene. The charge transfer mechanism was studied with photoluminescence quenching. The morphology and packing behavior of molecules were further studied using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD).