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Photostability of Y-type electron acceptor molecules and related copolymer
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4394-8291
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0377-3669
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Physics (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8559-0799
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2023 (English)In: Proceedings Volume 12660, Organic, Hybrid, and Perovskite Photovoltaics XXIV; / [ed] Gang Li, Natalie Stingelin, Ana Flávia Nogueira, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Ellen Moons, Barry P. Rand, SPIE - The International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2023, Vol. 12660Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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The lifetime of organic solar cells critically depends on the photochemical stability of the materials. To shed light on the photostability of novel Y-series electron acceptors, we investigate the evolution of optical properties and composition during one-sun illumination in ambient atmosphere of thin films of the small-molecule acceptor Y5 and its copolymers PF5-Y5 and PYT. We employ UV-vis, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), to assess changes in these properties as a function of illumination time. UV-Vis spectra show that PF5-Y5 undergoes rapid photobleaching, while the Y5 spectrum remains essentially unaffected even after 30 hours of exposure. The absorption spectrum of PYT, which contains a different co-mer than PF5-Y5, is only weakly affected. XPS C1s spectra of the PF5- Y5 film show a decreasing main peak and the development of a new component after 30 hours exposure, while the Y5 film surface composition remained intact. The photodegradation products of PF5-Y5 are characterized by the presence of new carbonyl groups, emerging as absorption bands in the FTIR spectra, while such spectral changes are absent for the Y5 film, indicating that Y5 is resistant to photooxidation, while PF5-Y5 undergoes photochemical reactions. The faster photodegradation of PF5-Y5 compared to Y5 and PYT raises the question about the role of the copolymer’s BDT moiety in the photooxidation. These new insights on the dependence of the photostability of acceptor molecules on their molecular structure are expected to contribute to the design of stable acceptor copolymers for organic solar cells with long operational lifetimes. 

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SPIE - The International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2023. Vol. 12660
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co-polymer, non-fullerene acceptor, organic photovoltaics, photooxidation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-97578DOI: 10.1117/12.2679517Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85176501822OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-97578DiVA, id: diva2:1815911
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SPIE Optics + Photonics, San Diego, United States, August 20-24, 2023.
Available from: 2023-11-30 Created: 2023-11-30 Last updated: 2023-11-30Bibliographically approved

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