Photovoltaic properties of benzotriazole containing alternating donor-acceptor copolymers: Effect of alkyl chain length

D. Baran, A. Balan, T. Stubhan, T. Ameri, L. Toppare, C.J. Brabec

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A series of variable alkyl chain length substituted donor-acceptor (D-A) conjugated polymers with thiophene ring as the donor and benzotriazole moiety as the acceptor has been investigated in bulk heterojunction solar cells. The optical and electrochemical properties showed that the absorption onsets and the energy levels of the copolymers were not affected by alkyl substitution revealing 1.9 eV of optical band gap. The morphologies of the blend film can be fine-tuned by increasing the chain length attached to the benzotriazole unit. Photovoltaic devices were fabricated using (6,6)-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM) and (6,6)-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC70BM) as the acceptors. The maximum performance was achieved with a Voc of 0.75 V, Jsc of 3.70 mA/cm 2, FF of 45% and a PCE of 1.23% for the PTBT-DA10:PC70BM device using 1:4 w/w ratio in chlorobenzene (CB). © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2047-2051
Number of pages5
JournalSYNTHETIC METALS
Volume162
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Absorption onset
  • Alkyl chain lengths
  • Alkyl substitution
  • Benzotriazoles
  • Blend films
  • Bulk heterojunction solar cells
  • Donor-acceptor copolymers
  • Donor-acceptor polymers
  • Donor-acceptors
  • Methyl esters
  • Organic photovoltaics
  • Photovoltaic devices
  • Photovoltaic property
  • Thiophene ring
  • Alkylation
  • Butyric acid
  • Chain length
  • Conjugated polymers
  • Copolymers
  • Esterification
  • Esters
  • Heterojunctions
  • Solar cells
  • Thiophene
  • Photovoltaic effects

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