16 February 2015 Synthesis and photovoltaic effect in red/near-infrared absorbing A-D-A-D-A-type oligothiophenes containing benzothiadiazole and thienothiadiazole central units
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Two π-conjugated acceptor-donor-acceptor-donor-acceptor-type (A-D-A-D-A) oligothiophenes, TT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2 and BT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2 were designed and synthesized with thienothiadiazole (TT) or benzothiadiazole (BT) as the core and dicyanovinyl (DCV) as the terminal acceptor groups for comprehensively investigating and understanding structure–property relationships. The resulting oligomers were first characterized by thermal analysis, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. By simply changing the BT to TT core in these two oligothiophenes, the highest occupied molecular orbital levels were varied from −5.55  eV for BT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2 to −5.11  eV for TT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2, and the optical band gaps were varied from 1.72 eV for BT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2 to 1.25 eV for TT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2, ascribed to the stronger electron accepting character of the TT core. However, the power conversion efficiency of bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (OSCs) with TT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2 as donor and [6,6]-phenyl C70-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) as acceptor was measured to be 0.04% only, which is much lower than that of BT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2:PC71BM (1.54%). Compared to the TT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2 system, the BT-(2T-DCV-Hex)2 based device shows smoother film surface morphology, and superior charge generation and charge carrier mobilities. Therefore, the results clearly demonstrate that in addition to modifying the alkyl side chains and π-bridge lengths, the design of new small molecules for high-performance OSCs should also aim to choose suitable acceptor units.
© 2015 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Yuriy N. Luponosov, Jie Min, Dmitry A. Khanin, Derya Baran, Sergey A. Pisarev, Svetlana M. Peregudova, Petr V. Dmitryakov, Sergei N. Chvalun, Georgiy V. Cherkaev, Evgeniya A. Svidchenko, Tayebeh Ameri, Christoph J. Brabec, Sergey A. Ponomarenko, "Synthesis and photovoltaic effect in red/near-infrared absorbing A-D-A-D-A-type oligothiophenes containing benzothiadiazole and thienothiadiazole central units," Journal of Photonics for Energy 5(1), 057213 (16 February 2015). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JPE.5.057213 . Submission:
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