Side chain effects on photoinduced absorption and photovoltaic performance of low bandgap thienylene vinylene and phenylene vinylene copolymers

Le Huong Nguyen*, S. Guenes, Helmut Neugebauer, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, K. Colladet, S. Fourier, T. J. Cleij, L. Lutsen, J. Gelan, D. Vanderzande

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In this work low bandgap thienylenevinylene and phenylene vinylene copolymers, which possess either 3,4-ethylenedioxylthiophene (EDOT) groups (Polymer 1) or long alkyl side chains (Polymer 2) were investigated and compared in photoinduced electron transfer properties and photovoltaic performance. The results show that the interaction of the photoexcited polymers with an electron acceptor ([6,6]-phenyl C61 - butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM)) leads to charge generation and transfer for both polymers. We found that the long alkyl side chain in Polymer 2 instead of the EDOT group in Polymer 1 enhances the open circuit voltage (VOC) but lowers the short circuit current (ISC). On the other hand the long alkyl side chain in Polymer 2 significantly improves the solubility and enhances processability for solar cells fabrication. Optimization of the chemical structure of these low bandgap polymers could lead to a spectral improvement of photocurrent generation in organic solar cells.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-223
JournalEuropean Physical Journal-Applied Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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