Scaria, Renchu and Dhawan, S. K. and Chand, Suresh (2014) Synthesis of fluorene based two acceptor random copolymers for organic solar cell applications. Synthetic Metals, 191. pp. 168-176. ISSN 0379-6779

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A series of fluorene based random copolymers incorporating two acceptor units - 4,7-dithienyl-2, 1,3-benzothiadiazole and N-heterocyclic moieties (2,1,3-benzothiadiazole, [2,3-b]-phenanthrenequinoxaline, [2,3-b]-acenaphthenequinoxaline) have been synthesized by Suzuki polycondensation method. The synthesized polymer films exhibit strong absorption in the range from 300 nm to 700 nm with good solubility and thermal stability. The optical band gap of the synthesized copolymers are in the range of 1.86-1.90 eV. The HOMO energy levels of the polymers calculated from cyclic voltammetry measurements have been found to be in the range from -5.45 to -5.70 eV. Using these new electron donor copolymers, solar cells were fabricated and highest efficiency was obtained with PFQx(phen)DTBT as an electron donor and PC71 BM as an electron acceptor. In fact with PFQx(phen)DTBT:PC71 BM in the ratio of 1:4, a power conversion efficiency (PCE) similar to 0.47% has been achieved with open-circuit voltage (V-oc) 0.59V, short circuit current density (J(sc)) similar to 2.49 mA/cm(2) and fill factor (FF) similar to 32% under the illumination of AM1.5G, 100 mW cm(-2).

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Polyfluorenes Donor–acceptor copolymers Suzuki polycondensation Organic solar cellsa
Subjects: Materials Science
Polymer Science
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 07:44
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2015 07:44

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