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Synthesis and properties of D–A copolymers based on dithienopyrrole and benzothiadiazole with various numbers of thienyl units as spacers

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Abstract

Three kinds of donor–acceptor (D–A) type semiconducting copolymers in which electron donating units of dithienopyrrole (DTP) and accepting units of benzothiadiazole (BT) were connected with different numbers of thienyl spacers (x = 0–2) were synthesized and used as electron donor materials in polymer solar cells (PSCs) combined with fullerene derivatives. The optical band gaps of the polymers could be tuned from 1.41 eV to 1.61 eV by changing the number of thiophene spacers. Electrochemical measurements showed that the increase of band gap is mainly due to the change of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy level. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the polymer solar cells based on the three polymers and PC70BM reached 3.12% with x = 2 under the illumination of AM 1.5, 100 mW cm−2. This approach could provide a simple strategy for designing high-performance D–A type photovoltaic polymers based on the existing polymers and a large potential to improve their performance further.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and properties of D–A copolymers based on dithienopyrrole and benzothiadiazole with various numbers of thienyl units as spacers

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The article was received on 17 Jul 2014, accepted on 14 Aug 2014 and first published on 14 Aug 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00975D
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Citation: Polym. Chem., 2014,5, 6797-6803
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    Synthesis and properties of D–A copolymers based on dithienopyrrole and benzothiadiazole with various numbers of thienyl units as spacers

    Y. Geng, J. Cong, K. Tajima, Q. Zeng and E. Zhou, Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 6797
    DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00975D

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