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J Phys Chem B. 2010 Mar 11;114(9):3095-103. doi: 10.1021/jp909183x.

Synthesis of diketopyrrolopyrrole containing copolymers: a study of their optical and photovoltaic properties.

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Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India.


The diketopyrrolopyrrole-based copolymers PDPP-BBT and TDPP-BBT were synthesized and used as a donor for bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices. The photophysical properties of these polymers showed absorption in the range 500-600 nm with a maximum peak around 563 nm, while TDPP-BBT showed broadband absorption in the range 620-800 nm with a peak around 656 nm. The power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of the polymer solar cells based on these copolymers and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) were 0.68% (as cast PDPP-BBT:PCBM), 1.51% (annealed PDPP-BBT:PCBM), 1.57% (as cast TDPP-BBT:PCBM), and 2.78% (annealed TDPP-BBT:PCBM), under illumination of AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm(2)). The higher PCE for TDPP-BBT-based polymer solar cells has been attributed to the low band gap of this copolymer as compared to PDPP-BBT, which increases the numbers of photogenerated excitons and corresponding photocurrent of the device. These results indicate that PDPP-BBT and TDPP-BBT act as excellent electron donors for bulk heterojunction devices.

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