Light-harvesting fullerenes for organic solar cells

J. Baffreau, S. Leroy-Lhez, H. Derbal, A.R. Inigo, J-M Nunzi, M. M. Groeneveld, R. M. Williams, P. Hudhomme

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Novel dyads containing [60]fullerene-perylenediimide units were developed as light-harvesting acceptors for the preparation of efficient solar cells. The antenna was grafted onto C-60 with the aim to improve the absorption spectrum of materials used in bulk-heterojunction devices. Electrochemical and photophysical studies of these dyads in solution have revealed that there was no significant ground-state electronic interaction between the covalently bonded PDI and fullerene moieties. Steady-state fluorescence experiments evidenced an effective photoinduced energy transfer from the PDI moiety to C-60. The potential use of these light-harvesting fullerenes in organic solar cells was estimated with their incorporation in bulk-heterojunctions using poly(3-hexylthiophene) as the conjugated pi-donor polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Physical Journal: Applied Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
EventECHOS 2006 Conference - Paris, France
Duration: 28 Jun 200630 Jun 2006


  • units
  • polymer
  • perylene
  • light-harvesting fullerenes
  • network
  • photovoltaic cells
  • electron
  • morphology
  • organic solar cells


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