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Conjugated polymers for high-efficiency organic photovoltaics

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Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) are a promising cost-effective alternative to silicon-based solar cells, and possess low-cost, light-weight, and flexibility advantages. Recently, great advances have been achieved in the development of novel photovoltaic materials and device structures, and the power conversion efficiencies can now reach 7.7%. In this review we summarize the most recent developments in conjugated polymers for high-efficiency OPV devices. We focus on correlations of polymer chemical structures with properties, such as absorption, bandgap, energy levels, mobilities, and photovoltaic performances. This structure-property relationship analysis may guide rational structural design and evaluation of photovoltaic materials.

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The article was received on 30 Oct 2009, accepted on 10 Dec 2009 and first published on 07 Jan 2010

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00325H
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 409-419
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    Conjugated polymers for high-efficiency organic photovoltaics

    X. Zhan and D. Zhu, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 409
    DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00325H

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