We demonstrate a near‐infrared‐harvesting perovskite solar cell with enhanced power‐conversion efficiency as high as 21.6% and improved stability, with an operational half‐life of 1900 h, by directly incorporating a multifunctional organic semiconductor that both extends light absorption and passivates defects in the perovskite active layers. This work provides a promising approach to prepare highly efficient and stable perovskites solar cells and opens a new application field for the rational design of narrow‐bandgap organic semiconductors.
Tie chains electrically bridge crystalline domains in semiconducting polymers, effectively reducing interdomain resistance and improving charge transport. In this work, we quantified the tie-chain fraction through a classical polymer–physics framework and established the percolation threshold for charge transport in poly(3-hexylthiophene)s.
The various wavelengths of the solar spectrum can be exploited for different functionalities. We have developed an organic solar cell that harvests near-ultraviolet photons to power an electrochromic device that controls how many photons go through a smart window in other wavelength ranges, adjusting both visible light and heat ingress.
In collaboration with researchers at Peking University at Shenzhen, we recently demonstrated high performance organic thin-film transistors with high thermal stability that incorporate an air-stable calamitic liquid crystalline molecular semiconductor.