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Title: Naphthacenodithiophene Based Polymers—New Members of the Acenodithiophene Family Exhibiting High Mobility and Power Conversion Efficiency
Authors: Sadhanala, Aditya 
Ashraf, Raja Shahid 
Purushothaman, Balaji 
Broch, Katharina 
Sirringhaus, Henning 
Neophytou, Marios 
Novák, Jiří 
Nikolka, Mark 
Knall, Astrid Caroline 
Harkin, David J. 
Nielsen, Christian B.
Hurhangee, Michael 
Hayoz, Pascal 
McCulloch, Iain
Keywords: conjugated polymers;organic field-effect transistors;organic semiconductors;organic solar cells;Czech Republic;Switzerland
Category: Mechanical Engineering;Materials Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: 11-Oct-2016
Source: Advanced Functional Materials, Volume 26, Issue 38, 11 October 2016, Pages 6961-6969
Abstract: © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Wide-bandgap conjugated polymers with a linear naphthacenodithiophene (NDT) donor unit are herein reported along with their performance in both transistor and solar cell devices. The monomer is synthesized starting from 2,6-dihydroxynaphthalene with a double Fries rearrangement as the key step. By copolymerization with 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (BT) via a palladium-catalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction, NDT-BT co-polymers with high molecular weights and narrow polydispersities are afforded. These novel wide-bandgap polymers are evaluated as the semiconducting polymer in both organic field effect transistor and organic photovoltaic applications. The synthesized polymers reveal an optical bandgap in the range of 1.8 eV with an electron affinity of 3.6 eV which provides sufficient energy offset for electron transfer to PC 70 BM acceptors. In organic field effect transistors, the synthesized polymers demonstrate high hole mobilities of around 0.4 cm 2 V –1 s –1 . By using a blend of NDT-BT with PC 70 BM as absorber layer in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells, power conversion efficiencies of 7.5% are obtained. This value is among the highest obtained for polymers with a wider bandgap (larger than 1.7 eV), making this polymer also interesting for application in tandem or multijunction solar cells.
ISSN: 1616301X
DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201602285
Type: Article
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