Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 29, Issue 21, pp 18458–18464 | Cite as

Diblock conjugated polyelectrolyte electron transport layer modulating the morphology of the active layer for efficient nonfullerene organic solar cells

  • Dan ZhouEmail author
  • Yuancheng Qin
  • Rong Zhong
  • Haitao XuEmail author
  • Yongfen Tong
  • Bin Hu
  • Yu Xie


To acquire high-performance nonfullerene organic solar cells (OSCs), the effective approach is to explore new interfacial layer that not only can modulate the interfacial contact, but can also tune the morphology of the active layer. A diblock CPE PFEO-b-PTNBr with polyfluorene and polythiophene backbone, quaternary ammonium salt and ethylene oxy polar side chains, has been used to modify ZnO as ETL for PBDB-T:ITIC OSCs. The influences of the diblock CPE PFEO-b-PTNBr electron transport layer (ETL) on the morphology and crystalline properties of the PBDB-T:ITIC, exciton diffusion and transfer, and the device performances have been thoroughly investigated. Remarkably, the self-assembled diblock polymer PFEO-b-PTNBr can really induce the corresponding PBDB-T:ITIC active layer to obtain an ordered nano-fiber morphology. Consequently, in sharp comparison to the OSC utilizing ZnO as ETL, the performances of the device with the ZnO/PFEO-b-PTNBr ETL have been simultaneously enhanced, exhibiting a remarkably superior power conversion efficiency of 10.8%. These findings manifest that the diblock CPE PFEO-b-PTNBr is a promising ETL in nonfullerene OSCs.



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51703091, 51663018, 21404054 and 21501088), the Doctoral Scientific Research Foundation of Nanchang Hangkong University (Grant No. EA201702484), the Natural Science Foundation from Jiangxi Education Department (Grant Nos. GJJ170614, GJJ170589, DA201802151, DA201801176 and DA201702347) and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi province (Grant Nos. 20181BAB216012, 20181BCB18003, 20171ACB20016 and 20172BCB22014).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Province for Persistent Pollutants, Control and Resources RecycleNanchang Hangkong UniversityNanchangChina
  2. 2.College of Materials Science and EngineeringNanchang Hangkong UniversityNanchangChina

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