Incorporation of furan into low band-gap polymers for efficient solar cells

Claire H. Woo, Pierre Beaujuge, Thomas W. Holcombe, Olivia P. Lee, Jean Frechet

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    The design, synthesis, and characterization of the first examples of furan-containing low band-gap polymers, PDPP2FT and PDPP3F, with substantial power conversion efficiencies in organic solar cells are reported. Inserting furan moieties in the backbone of the conjugated polymers enables the use of relatively small solubilizing side chains because of the significant contribution of the furan rings to overall polymer solubility in common organic solvents. Bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated from furan-containing polymers and PC71BM as the acceptor showed power conversion efficiencies reaching 5.0%.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)15547-15549
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
    Issue number44
    StatePublished - Nov 10 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Catalysis
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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