Synthesis, characterization and device optimisation of new poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene-alt-thieno[3,4-d]thiazole) derivatives for solar cell applications

Nicolas Allard, Nicolas Zindy , Pierre Olivier Morin, Martijn Wienk, Rene Janssen, Mario Leclerc

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Abstract

New alternating copolymers based on benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene and thieno[3,4-d]thiazole derivatives have been synthesized by using different combinations of side chains and spacers in order to study their effect on the optical, electrochemical and photovoltaic properties. Optical and electrochemical characterization were performed and the resulting copolymers exhibit optical bandgaps ranging from 1.66 to 1.80 eV, HOMO energy levels between −5.19 and −5.30 eV and LUMO energy levels between −3.60 and −3.72 eV. Photovoltaic devices were fabricated and characterized after a careful optimization of the active layer fabrication by using different solvents, additives and acceptors. Following this process, PCEs up to 4.4% were obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3956-3961
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Volume6
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2015

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