Novel fluoride-substituted donor/acceptor polymers containing benzodithiophene and quinoxaline units for use in low–band gap solar cells

Ashutosh Singh, Ravinder Singh, Chein Min Lin, Murali Krishna Pola, Chiao Kai Chang, Kung-Hwa Wei*, Hong-Cheu Lin

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Abstract

In this study we used Stille polycondensation to synthesize a series of low–band gap fluoride-substituted conjugated polymers containing electron-donating benzodithiophene (BDT) and electron-accepting quinoxaline (Qx) units, with the latter presenting either two or four fluoride atoms. These donor/acceptor polymers exhibited a broad absorption range (from 300 to 750 nm), with band gap energies of less than 1.20 eV (measured using cyclic voltammetry). Because of their strongly electron-donating thiophene units, the donor/acceptor polymers featuring the more highly fluorinated structures possessed the lowest band gaps (as low as 1.14 eV) and, thus, induced the greatest photovoltaic performance among these tested polymers. The highest power conversion efficiency (2.13%) was obtained from the polymer solar cell featuring an active layer of the polymer PTF2 blended with PC70BM (1:1.5, w/w), with a short-circuit current density, open circuit voltage, and fill factor of 8.7 mA cm−2, 0.72 V, and 0.34, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Volume82
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Benzodithiophene
  • Donor/acceptor polymer
  • Fluoride-substituted polymer
  • Low-band gap polymer
  • Quinoxaline
  • Stille polycondensation

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