Anthradithiophene-Containing Copolymers for Thin-Film Transistors and Photovoltaic Cells

Ying Jiang, Toshihiro Okamoto, Hector A. Becerril, Sanghyun Hong, Ming Lee Tang, Alex C. Mayer, Jack E. Parmer, Michael D. McGehee, Zhenan Bao

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We synthesized anthradithiophene-cyclopentadithiophene conjugated copolymers via Stille coupling. The anthradithiophene core was verified to be superior in stability compared to pentacene toward Diels-Alder cycloaddition and therefore more compatible with fullerenes, acceptor material commonly used in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaic cells. The polymers exhibit high film absorption coefficients of 105 cm-1, an order of magnitude higher than previously reported anthradithiophene-dialkylfluorene copolymers. Short-circuit currents exceeding 5 mA/cm2 and a BHJ device efficiency close to 1% were achieved when device morphology was improved with diiodooctane as a solvent additive. This is the highest power conversion efficiency achieved by an acene-containing polymer so far. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6361-6367
Number of pages7
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 10 2010
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Z.B. acknowledges financial support from the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This publication was also partially based on work supported by the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (Award No. KUS-C1-015-21), made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Y.J. acknowledges financial support from the Agency of Science, Technology and Research of Singapore.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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