Phthalocyanine with trifluoroethoxy substituents for organic solar cells

Ichiko Yamada, Norihito Iida, Yasuhiko Hayashi, Tetsuo Soga, Norio Shibata

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The properties of soluble zinc phthalocyanines with trifluoroethoxy substituents (TFEO-ZnPcs) were studied to evaluate their possible use in organic thin-film solar cells. We prepared five TFEO-ZnPcs with different numbers and positions of the TFEO substituents. The solubilities, UV-visible absorption spectra, and cyclic voltammograms of these ZnPcs varied with their substituents. TFEO-ZnPc thin-films fabricated by spincasting exhibited photocurrent generation at wavelengths between 600 and 850 nm. Flat heterojunction solar cells consisting of a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) layer as a donor and a TFEO-ZnPc layer as an acceptor exhibited photocurrent generation over a wide range of wavelengths corresponding to both the P3HT and TFEO-ZnPc absorption spectra. The best solar cell performance was obtained with (-TFEO)4ZnPc film.

Original languageEnglish
Article number05DA07
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number5 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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