CHAPTER 3: High-performance Organic Photovoltaic Donor Polymers

Andrew Wadsworth, Derya Baran, Jeffrey Gorman, Iain McCulloch

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The field of organic photovoltaics has advanced a great deal over the last decade, with device efficiencies now exceeding 11%. A large part of this success can be attributed to the development of donor polymer materials, from their humble beginnings as homopolymers to the highly tuned push-pull copolymer and terpolymer materials that are now being reported on a regular basis. Through the careful use of chemical modification, it has been possible to design and synthesize a wide variety of donor polymers, allowing optimization of both the optoelectronic and structural properties of the materials. In doing so, more favourable active layer blends have been achieved and therefore significant improvements in device performance have been observed. Herein we discuss how the chemical design of donor polymers for organic photovoltaics has led to the emergence of high-performance materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
EditorsPeter Skabara, Mohammad Azad Malik
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9781782624585, 9781782629320, 9781788010801
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
ISSN (Print)1757-7136
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7144

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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