Effect of branched alkyl side chains on the performance of thin-film transistors and photovoltaic cells fabricated with isoindigo-based conjugated polymers

Gi Eun Park, Jicheol Shin, Dae Hee Lee, Min Ju Cho, Dong Hoon Choi

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Abstract

J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 2015, 53, 1226-1234 New isoindigo and di(thienyl)ethylene-containing conjugated polymers with different branched side chains were successfully synthesized. PIDTE-S6 polymer bearing 11-heptyltricosane side chains showed much better charge transport behavior (μ4.07 cm2 V-1 s-1) than those of PIDTE-S3 with 11-butyltricosane side chains. In contrast, bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells made from a blend film of PIDTE-S3 and PC61BM demonstrated promising device performance with a power conversion efficiency in the range of 4.9-5.0%.

New isoindigo and di(thienyl)ethylene-containing π-extended conjugated polymers with different branched side chains were synthesized to investigate their physical properties and device performance in thin-film transistors and photovoltaic cells. 11-Butyltricosane (S3) and 11-heptyltricosane (S6) groups were used as side-chain moieties tethered to isoindigo units. The linking groups between the polymer backbone and bifurcation point in the branched side chain differ in the two polymers (i.e., PIDTE-S3 and PIDTE-S6). The polymers bearing S6 side chains showed much better charge transport behavior than those with S3 side chains. Thermally annealed PIDTE-S6 film exhibited an outstanding hole mobility of 4.07 cm2 V-1 s-1 under ambient conditions. Furthermore, bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic cells made from a blend film of PIDTE-S3 and (6,6)-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester demonstrated promising device performance with a power conversion efficiency in the range of 4.9-5.0%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1226-1234
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume53
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 15

Keywords

  • conjugated polymers
  • heteroatom-containing polymers
  • high performance polymers
  • isoindigo
  • photovoltaic cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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