A systematic study on the influence of the alkyl side-chain length of C60 based fullerene derivatives in polymer solar cells based on an anthracene-containing poly(p-phenylene-ethynylene)-alt-poly(p-phenylene-vinylene) (PPE-PPV) copolymer (AnE-PV) is reported. It is shown that the alkyl side-chain length of the fullerene derivative strongly correlates with the individual photovoltaic parameters.
The most pronounced dependence on the side-chain length is found for the fill factor, spanning the range between 50–72%, which dominantly controls in combination with the short-circuit current the power conversion efficiency. The maximum performance of 4.8% was found for an ethyl terminated side-chain, whereas larger alkyl groups resulted in a gradually decreasing power conversion efficiency.
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Kästner, C., Ulbricht, C., Egbe, D.A. and Hoppe, H., 2012. Polymer BHJ solar cell performance tuning by C60 fullerene derivative alkyl side‐chain length. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 50(22), pp.1562-1566.
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