Acceptor-donor-acceptor small molecules based on derivatives of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene for solution processed organic solar cells

B. Y. Antwi, R. G. D. Taylor, J. Cameron, R. B. Owoare, R. Kingsford-Adaboh, P. J. Skabara

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Abstract

Three simple semiconducting acceptor-donor-acceptor (A-D-A) small molecules based on an electron-rich (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) EDOT central core have been synthesised (DIN-2TE, DRH-2TE, DECA-2TE) and characterised. Organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices incorporating these materials have been prepared and evaluated. The physical properties of the molecules were characterised by TGA, DSC, UV/vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The optical HOMO-LUMO energy gaps of the molecules in the solid state were in the range 1.57-1.82 eV, and in solution 1.88-2.04 eV. Electrochemical HOMO-LUMO energy gaps determined by cyclic voltammetry were found to be in the range 1.97-2.31 eV. The addition of 1% 1,8-diiodooctane (DIO) to photoactive blends of the A-D-A molecules and PC71BM more than doubled the power conversion efficiency (PCE) in the case of DRH-2TE:PC71BM devices to 1.36%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98797-98803
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Volume6
Issue number101
Early online date10 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • acceptor–donor–acceptor (A–D–A)
  • 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene
  • DIN-2TE, DRH-2TE, DECA-2TE

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    Antwi, B. (Creator), Taylor, R. (Contributor), Cameron, J. (Contributor), Owoare, R. (Contributor), Kingsford-Adaboh, R. (Contributor) & Skabara, P. (Contributor), University of Strathclyde, 10 Jun 2016

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    Antwi, B. Y., Taylor, R. G. D., Cameron, J., Owoare, R. B., Kingsford-Adaboh, R., & Skabara, P. J. (2016). Acceptor-donor-acceptor small molecules based on derivatives of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene for solution processed organic solar cells. RSC Advances, 6(101), 98797-98803. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6ra22897f