Donor-σ-acceptor molecules of HPBT-n(PDI) (n = 1, 2, and 4) containing perylene diimide (PDI) and π-extended 1,2,4,5-tetrakis((E)-2-(5′-hexyl-2,2′-bithiophen-5-yl)vinyl)benzene (HPBT) have been successfully synthesized for studying the self-organization of each moiety and their applications in photovoltaic devices. Interesting features were found in these molecules: the aggregation-induced crystallization in the HPBT moieties enhanced the power conversion efficiency (PCE) in the photovoltaic cell. By incorporating HPBT as the donor and PDI as the acceptor moiety, we anticipated that their high degree of independent aggregation-induced crystallization would yield electron/hole transport channels and high mobility in the desired direction of charge transport. In a photovoltaic device, HPBT-1(PDI) gave a PCE of 0.22% with an open circuit voltage ranging from 0.62 to 0.63 V. When the HPBT moiety was more hindered by the PDI moiety, less PCE was observed in HPBT-2(PDI). Addition of methanofullerene [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) resulted in enhancement of the PCE due to enhanced visible absorption. The device bearing HPBT-1(PDI) and PCBM (1:4 mol ratio) demonstrate much higher PCE to be around 1.60%.
- Photovoltaic cell
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering