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Title: Improved Photovoltaic Performance of a Semicrystalline Narrow Bandgap Copolymer Based on 4H-Cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4- b′]dithiophene Donor and Thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole Acceptor Units
Authors: Van Mierloo, Sarah
Kesters, Jurgen
Hadipour, Afshin
Spijkman, Mark-Jan
Van den Brande, Niko
D'Haen, Jan
Van Assche, Guy
de Leeuw, Dago M.
Aernouts, Tom
Manca, Jean
Lutsen, Laurence
Vanderzande, Dirk
Maes, Wouter
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 24 (3), p. 587-593
Abstract: A solution processable narrow bandgap polymer composed of alternating 2,5-dithienylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole and asymmetrically alkyl-substituted 4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b′]dithiophene units (PCPDT-DTTzTz) was synthesized by Suzuki polycondensation and the donor−acceptor copolymer was thoroughly characterized. Thermal analysis and X-ray diffraction studies disclosed the semicrystalline nature of the material. When blended with PC71BM and integrated in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells, a moderate power conversion efficiency of 2.43% under AM 1.5 G (100 mW/cm2) conditions was obtained. However, upon purification of the semiconducting copolymer by preparative size exclusion chromatography, a noticeable rise in power conversion efficiency to 4.03% was achieved. The purified polymer exhibited a relatively high field-effect carrier mobility of 1.0 × 10−3 cm2/(V s). The active layer morphology was explored by atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies, showing phase segregation on the nanometer scale.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/13295
DOI: 10.1021/cm203351t
ISI #: 000300129400024
ISSN: 0897-4756
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
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