An overview of molecular acceptors for organic solar cells
L’UNAM Université, Université d’Angers, Laboratoire MOLTECH-Anjou, CNRS UMR 6200, 2 boulevard Lavoisier, 49045 Angers, France
Received: 18 January 2013
Accepted: 16 April 2013
Published online: 8 July 2013
Organic solar cells (OSCs) have gained serious attention during the last decade and are now considered as one of the future photovoltaic technologies for low-cost power production. The first dream of attaining 10% of power coefficient efficiency has now become a reality thanks to the development of new materials and an impressive work achieved to understand, control and optimize structure and morphology of the device. But most of the effort devoted to the development of new materials concerned the optimization of the donor material, with less attention for acceptors which to date remain dominated by fullerenes and their derivatives. This short review presents the progress in the use of non-fullerene small molecules and fullerene-based acceptors with the aim of evaluating the challenge for the next generation of acceptors in organic photovoltaics.
© Hudhomme, published by EDP Sciences, 2013