Synthesis and photovoltaic properties of low band gap quarterthiophenes- alt-diketopyrrolopyrroles polymers having high hole mobility

Seon Kyoung Son, Bong Soo Kim, Chun Young Lee, Joong Suk Lee, Jeong Ho Cho, Min Jae Ko, Doh Kwon Lee, Honggon Kim, Dong Hoon Choi, Kyungkon Kim

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Two low band gap copolymers (PQTDPP and PQTVTDPP) having quaterthiophene (QT) or bithiophene-vinylene-bithiophene (QTVT) as donor unit and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) as acceptor unit have been synthesized via Stille cross-coupling polymerization. The polymers showed high thermal stability and broad light absorption with optical band gaps around 1.3 eV. Cyclic voltammetry measurements revealed that the HOMO and LUMO energy levels of QT and DPP copolymer (PQTDPP) were found to be -5.19 and -3.64 eV, respectively and those of PQTVTDPP -5.05 and -3.66 eV, respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns showed highly crystalline phase in the PQTDPP film and nearly amorphous in the PQTVTDPP film. This dramatic difference in crystallinity was attributed to the structural isomerization around vinyl groups in the PQTVTDPP polymer. Field-effect transistor measurement revealed that the PQTDPP showed high hole mobility of 0.06 cm 2/Vs and on/off ratio of 10 6 while the PQTVTDPP showed hole mobility of 3.57×10 -4 cm 2/Vs and on/off ratio of 10 5, which is consistent with X-ray diffraction results. Photovoltaic devices were also fabricated using polymer:PCBM blends in the structure of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/blend/Al. The PQTDPP devices exhibited an open circuit voltage (V oc) of 0.58 V, a short circuit current (J sc) of 7.16 mA/cm 2, a fill factor (FF) of 0.55 and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.28%, and the PQTVTDPP devices exhibited an V oc of 0.50 V, a J sc of 7.60 mA/cm 2, a FF of 0.51 and a PCE of 1.97% under AM 1.5 illumination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Pioneer Research Center Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2009-0081500 ) and by the KRCF (Korea Research Council of Fundamental Science and Technology) and the KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) for “NAP (National Agenda Project) program”.


  • Low band gap polymer
  • Organic solar cell
  • Polymer solar cell


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