Incorporation of Furan into Low Band-Gap Polymers for Efficient Solar Cells

Claire H. Woo, Pierre M. Beaujuge, Thomas W. Holcombe, Olivia P. Lee, Jean M. J. Fréchet

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The design, synthesis, and characterization of the first examples of furan-containing low band-gap polymers, PDPP2FT and PDPP3F, with substantial power conversion efficiencies in organic solar cells are reported. Inserting furan moieties in the backbone of the conjugated polymers enables the use of relatively small solubilizing side chains because of the significant contribution of the furan rings to overall polymer solubility in common organic solvents. Bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated from furan-containing polymers and PC71BM as the acceptor showed power conversion efficiencies reaching 5.0%. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15547-15549
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number44
StatePublished - Nov 10 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, and by the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (Award No. KUS-C1-015-21), supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). C.H.W. and T.W.H. thank the National Science Foundation for graduate research fellowships.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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