Improved Performance of Perylene-Based Photovoltaic Cells Using Polyisocyanopeptide Arrays

Sam Foster, Christopher Edward Finlayson, Panagiotis E. Keivanidis, Ya-shih Huang, Inchan Hwang, Richard H. Friend, Matthijs B. J. Otten, Li-ping Lu, Erik Schwartz, Roeland J. M. Nolte, Alan E. Rowan

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Photovoltaic devices incorporating perylene-substituted polyisocyanide materials have been demonstrated, using blend systems with polythiophene- and polyfluorene-based conjugated polymers. Prototypical structures with nominal (1:1) blend weight ratios of the polyisocyanide with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-bis(N,N-(4-butylphenyl))-bis(N,N-phenyl)-1,4-phenyldiamine) (PFB) readily showed an order of magnitude improvement in power conversion efficiency, as compared to analogous blend architectures using a perylene (PDI) monomer, whereas the performance of strongly phase-separated F8BT (poly(9,9- dioctylfluorene-co-benzothidiazole) blend devices showed no such improvement. We propose that the use of polyisocyanide chains as a molecular template offers a method by which the morphology and connectivity of photovoltaic blends can be modified and enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2023-2030
Number of pages8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2009


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