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New conjugated polymers for plastic solar cells

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Abstract

The present review gives an overview of four of the most promising classes of conjugated polymers for plastic solar cells. The latest developments on poly(2,7-carbazole)s, poly(1,4-diketopyrrolopyrrole)s, poly(thieno[3,4-b]thiophene)s, and poly(thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione)s are reported. More precisely, the synthesis and the physical and electronic properties of the polymers are discussed. Devices characteristics such as the open-circuit voltage, the fill factor, the short-circuit current density and the power conversion efficiency are also addressed. In summary, this review wants to give the reader a highlight of the very latest improvements in the organic photovoltaic field.

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Submitted
20 Jan 2011
Accepted
15 Feb 2011
First published
15 Mar 2011

Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 1225-1237
Article type
Perspective

New conjugated polymers for plastic solar cells

D. Gendron and M. Leclerc, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 1225
DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01072G

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