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Photophysics and charge transfer in donor-acceptor triblock copolymer photovoltaic materials
Author(s): Kyra N. Schwarz; David J. Jones; Trevor A. Smith; Kenneth P. Ghiggino
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Paper Abstract

Efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity in low-cost organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices requires the complex interplay between multiple processes and components over various length and time scales. Optimizing device morphology to ensure efficient exciton diffusion and charge transport as well as ensuring efficient charge photogeneration is necessary to achieve optimum performance in new materials. The conjugated polymer electron donor PFM (poly(9,9-diocetyluorene-co-bis-N,N-(4-methylphenyl)-bis-N,N-phenyl-1,4-phenylenediamine)) and electron acceptor F8BT (poly[(9,9-di-n-octyluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-alt-(benzo[2,1,3]thiadiazol-4,8-diyl)), comprise the novel triblock copolymer PFM-F8BT-PFM. This copolymer is designed to phase separate on the 20-30 nm scale, a domain size ideal for maximizing exciton collection at the donor-acceptor interface. Using steady-state and ultrafast spectroscopic characterization including high repetition rate transient absorption spectroscopy, the dynamics of charge and energy transfer of the component polymers and the triblock co-polymer have been investigated. The results demonstrate that for the homopolymers solvent dependent exciton transport processes dominate, while in the triblock copolymer solutions transient spectroscopy provides evidence for interfacial charge separation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9184, Organic Photovoltaics XV, 91842K (6 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2076224
Show Author Affiliations
Kyra N. Schwarz, The Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
David J. Jones, The Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Trevor A. Smith, The Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Kenneth P. Ghiggino, The Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9184:
Organic Photovoltaics XV
Zakya H. Kafafi; Paul A. Lane; Ifor D. W. Samuel, Editor(s)

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