Poly[(3-hexylthiophene)-block-(3-semifluoroalkylthiophene)] for polymer solar cells

Ichiko Yamada, Koji Takagi, Yasuhiko Hayashi, Tetsuo Soga, Norio Shibata, Takeshi Toru

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We report the synthesis of poly[(3-hexylthiophene)-block-(3-(4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,7- nonafluoroheptyl)thiophene)], P(3HT-b-3SFT), carried out by the Grignard Metathesis Method (GRIM). The copolymers composition was determined by 1H and 19F NMR spectroscopies, and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The thin films of P(3HT-b-3SFT) were investigated by ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We also fabricated bulk-hetero junction (BHJ) solar cells based on blends of P(3HT-b-3SFT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C 61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). Although the composition ratio of P3SFT in P(3HT-b-3SFT) was low, the influence of P3SFT on the morphology and properties of solar cells was significant. The annealing process for the BHJ solar cells induced the formation of large domains and led to poor solar cell performance. The BHJ solar cells, based on PCBM and P(3HT-b-3SFT), prepared by the non-annealing process, had a maximum power conversion efficiency of 0.84% under 100 mW/cm 2 (AM 1.5 solar illumination) in air.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5027-5039
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjugated block copolymer
  • Fluorine
  • PCBM
  • References
  • Semifluoroalkyl chain
  • Solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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