Low band gap polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells

M.M. Wienk, M.P. Struijk, R.A.J. Janssen

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Bulk heterojunction solar cells comprising a new low band gap polymer (PBEHTB) based on alternating electron-donating 3,4,3',4'-tetrakis[2-ethylhexyloxy]-2,2'-bithiophene and electron-deficient 2,1,3-benzothidiazole units along the chain as electron donor and [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid Me ester (PCBM) as electron acceptor were prepd. The polymer absorbs light up to 800 nm and thus covers a substantial part of the solar spectrum. Solar cells based on PBEHTB:PCBM exhibit excellent behavior giving an external quantum efficiency in the near IR of 13%. Under simulated AM1.5 conditions an open circuit voltage of 0.77 V, a short circuit current of 2.8 mA/cm2, and a power conversion efficiency of 0.9% were achieved, which is among the best achieved for low band gap polymer solar cells.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-491
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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