Low band gap polymers for organic solar cells

Eva Bundgaard, Frederik C Krebs

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    The synthesis of copolymers based on thiophene, benzothiadiazole and benzo-bis-thiadiazole are described. The polymers were obtained by employing Stille cross coupling polymerization. The polymers were characterized by NMR, size exclusion chromatography, UV-vis and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The results obtained from UV-vis and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy showed band gaps of 2.1-1.7 eV for polymers based on benzothiadiazole and 0.7 eV for polymers based on benzo-bis-thiadiazole. Furthermore the results showed that the band gap decreases with an increase in the number, n, of thiophenes in the polymer repeating unit (n= 1-4). Large area photovoltaic devices were prepared and the results of these devices are described.
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    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOrganic Photovoltaics 7
    EditorsZ.H. Kafafi, P.A. Lane
    Number of pages10
    Place of PublicationBellingham
    PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
    Publication date2008
    Article number63340T
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventSPIE conference on optics and photonics - San Diego, United States
    Duration: 13 Aug 200617 Aug 2006


    ConferenceSPIE conference on optics and photonics
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Diego
    SeriesProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering

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