Small band gap polymers based on diketopyrrolopyrrole

A.P. Zoombelt, S.G.J. Mathijssen, M.G.R. Turbiez, M.M. Wienk, R.A.J. Janssen

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New small band gap polymers incorporating diketopyrrolopyrrole units have been synthesized using Suzuki and Yamamoto polymerization. By alternating the electron-deficient diketopyrrolopyrrole units with different electron-rich aromatic segments, polymers were obtained with band gaps ranging from 1.24 to 1.77 eV in thin films. In field-effect transistors these polymers exhibit ambipolar charge transport with hole and electron mobilities up to 2.1 × 10-3 cm2/Vs and 1.6 × 10-4 cm2/Vs, respectively. The polymers were applied as electron donor in bulk heterojunction solar cells with [60]PCBM as electron acceptor to give a maximum power conversion efficiency of 1.7% under simulated standard solar light (AM1.5G, 100 mW/cm2). The morphology of the bulk heterojunction blend seems to limit the photovoltaic performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2240-2246
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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