Synthesis and characterization of thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-isoindigo-based copolymers as electron donor and hole transport materials for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

Xiaofeng Xu, Ping Cai, Yong Lu, Ng Siu Choon, Junwu Chen, Xiao Hu, Beng ONG*

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Abstract

A novel class of thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (TT) and isoindigo based copolymers were synthesized and evaluated as electron donor and hole transport materials in bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ PSCs). These π-conjugated donor-acceptor polymers were derived from fused TT and isoindigo structures bridged by thiophene units. The band-gaps and the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) levels of the polymers were tuned using different conjugating lengths of thiophene units on the main chains, providing band-gaps from 1.55 to 1.91 eV and HOMO levels from -5.34 to -5.71 eV, respectively. The corresponding lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) levels were appropriately adjusted with the isoindigo units. Conventional BHJ PSCs (ITO/PEDOT:PSS/active layer/interlayer/Al) with an active layer composed of the polymer and PC 71BM were fabricated for evaluation. Power conversion efficiency from a low of 1.25% to a high of 4.69% were achieved with the best performing device provided by the D-π-A polymer with a relatively board absorption spectrum, high absorption coefficient, and more uniform blend morphology. These results demonstrate the potential of this class of thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-isoindigo- based polymers as efficient electron donor and hole transport polymers for BHJ PSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-434
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells
  • charge transport
  • conjugated polymers
  • isoindigo
  • optical properties
  • thieno[3,2-b]thiophene

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