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Synthesis and characterization of donor-acceptor copolymers carrying triphenylamine units for photovoltaic applications
Author(s): Katharina Neumann; Mukundan Thelakkat
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Paper Abstract

The synthesis and analysis of solution processable polymers for organic solar cells is crucial for innovative solar cell technologies such as printing processes. In the field of donor materials for photovoltaic applications, polymers based on tetraphenylamine (TPA) are well known hole conducting materials. Here, we synthesized two conjugated TPA containing copolymers via Suzuki polycondensation. We investigated the tuning of the energy levels of the TPA based polymers by two different concepts. Firstly, we introduced an acceptor unit in the side chain. The main-chain of this copolymer was built from TPA units. The resulting copolymer 2-(4-((4'-((4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)phenyl)(paratolyl) amino)biphenyl-4-yl)(para-tolyl)amino)benzylidene) malononitrile P1 showed a broader absorption up to 550 nm. Secondly, we used a donor-acceptor concept by synthesizing a copolymer with alternating electron donating TPA and electron withdrawing Thieno[3,4-b]thiophene ester units. Consequently, the absorption maximum in the copolymer octyl-6-(4-((4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)phenyl)(p-tolyl)amino)phenyl)-4-methylthieno[3,4-b]thiophene-2-carboxylate P2 was red shifted to 580 nm. All three polymers showed high thermal stability. By UV-vis and Cyclic voltammetry measurements the optical and electrochemical properties of the polymers were analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 8477, Organic Photovoltaics XIII, 84771H (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929842
Show Author Affiliations
Katharina Neumann, Univ. of Bayreuth (Germany)
Mukundan Thelakkat, Univ. of Bayreuth (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8477:
Organic Photovoltaics XIII
Zakya H. Kafafi; Christoph J. Brabec; Paul A. Lane, Editor(s)

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