Synthesis, characterization, and solar cell and transistor applications of phenanthro[1,2-b:8,7-b′]dithiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole semiconducting polymers

Hiroki Mori, Masato Suetsugu, Shuhei Nishinaga, Ning Hui Chang, Hikaru Nonobe, Yasuhiro Okuda, Yasushi Nishihara

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    Abstract

    Synthesis, characterization, and polymer solar cell and transistor application of a series of phenanthro[1,2-b:8,7-b′]dithiophene-based donor-acceptor (D-A)-type semiconducting polymers combined with a diketopyrrolopyrrole unit are reported. The present polymers showed some unique features such as strong aggregation behavior, high thermal stability, and short π-π stacking distance (3.5-3.6 Å), which are suitable for high performance organic materials. In addition, they have a significantly extended absorption up to 1000 nm with a band gap of ca. 1.2 eV. However, such strong intermolecular interaction reduced their solubility and molecular weights, which resulted in low crystalline nature and moderate field-effect mobility of 0.01 cm2 V-1 s-1. Furthermore, such strong aggregation behavior led to the large-scale phase separation in the blend films, which may prevent the effective photocurrent generation, limiting Jsc and power conversion efficiency of 2.0%.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)709-718
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
    Volume53
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015

    Keywords

    • diketopyrrolopyrrole
    • molecular ordering
    • organic field-effect transistors
    • organic photovoltaics
    • phenanthrodithiophene
    • semiconducting polymers

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Polymers and Plastics
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Materials Chemistry

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