We have used Suzuki coupling to prepare a series of alternating copolymers featuring coplanar cyclopentadithiophene and hole-transporting carbazole units, We observed quenching in the photoluminescence spectra of our polymers after incorporating pendent electron-deficient perylene diimlde (PDI) moieties on the side chains, indicating more efficient photoinduced electron transfer, Electrochemical measurements revealed that the PDI-containing copolymers displayed reasonable and sufficient offsets of the energy levels of their lowest unoccupied molecular orbitais for efficient charge dissociation, The performance of bulk heterojunction photovoltaic cells incorporating the copolymer/[6, 6]-phenyl-C 61 -butyric acid methyl ester blends (1:4, w/w) was optimized when the active layer had a thickness of 70 nm, The photocurrents of the devices were enhanced as a result of the presence of the PDI moieties, thereby leading to improved power conversion efficiencies.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry|
|State||Published - 15 Mar 2010|
- Conjugated polymers
- Heteroatom-containing polymers
- Perylene dilmide
- Photovoltaic cells