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Low-bandgap polymer electron acceptors based on double B ← N bridged bipyridine (BNBP) and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) units for all-polymer solar cells

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Broad absorption spectra and small optical bandgaps of polymer electron acceptors are very important for the sunlight harvesting of all-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs). Conjugated polymers based on the double B ← N bridged bipyridine (BNBP) unit are a new class of polymer electron acceptors, which suffer from narrow absorption spectra and large bandgaps. In this manuscript, we report a new polymer electron acceptor (P-BNBP-DPP) based on the BNBP unit and the dithienyl-diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) unit with a small bandgap and improved sunlight-harvesting capability. P-BNBP-DPP exhibits a broad absorption band with the onset absorbance at 796 nm and a small optical bandgap of 1.56 eV. Moreover, P-BNBP-DPP shows the low LUMO/HOMO energy levels of −3.87 eV/−5.45 eV and a high electron mobility of 2.1 × 10−4 cm2 V−1 s−1. An all-PSC device with P-BNBP-DPP as the acceptor and poly[(ethylhexyl-oxy)-benzodithiophene-(ethylhexyl)-thienothiophene] (PTB7) as the donor produces a power conversion efficiency of 2.69% with a broad external quantum efficiency response in the range of 300–800 nm. These results suggest an effective approach to tune the absorption spectra of BNBP-based polymer electron acceptors.

Graphical abstract: Low-bandgap polymer electron acceptors based on double B ← N bridged bipyridine (BNBP) and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) units for all-polymer solar cells

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2016, accepted on 27 Sep 2016 and first published on 28 Sep 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC03652J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 9961-9967
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    Low-bandgap polymer electron acceptors based on double B ← N bridged bipyridine (BNBP) and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) units for all-polymer solar cells

    X. Long, N. Wang, Z. Ding, C. Dou, J. Liu and L. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 9961
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TC03652J

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