Effect of the thiophene and selenophene moiety in regular terpolymers on the performance of thin film transistors and polymer solar cells

Ji Hyung Lee, Gi Eun Park, Suna Choi, Dae Hee Lee, Hyun Ah Um, Jicheol Shin, Min Ju Cho, Dong Hoon Choi

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We demonstrated the effective structural control of the conjugation length and various donor moieties using thiophene and selenophene derivatives in a regular terpolymer system and compared the properties with two copolymers of PDPP-SS and PDPP-TT. The three different terpolymers are composed of diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based polymers such as PDPP-TTS, PDPP-TSS, and PDPP-TTSS. The optical and electronic properties of these regular terpolymers can be precisely controlled by varying the conjugation length of the repeating unit and the composition ratio of the thiophene and selenophene moieties. It was found from the grazing incidence X-ray diffraction that PDPP-TTS and PDPP-TSS with different lengths of donor moieties exhibited mixed chain orientations in face-on and edge-on manners on the substrate. However, PDPP-TTSS showed edge-on chain orientation which is similar to the copolymers of PDPP-TT and PDPP-SS, and much improved charge-carrier mobility. Moreover, the enhanced power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of polymer solar cells made of PDPP-TSS and PDPP-TTSS were observed to be 4.18 and 4.76%, respectively, owing to the higher composition of thiophene, which could be compensated by the properties of thiophene. As a result, the PCEs of regular terpolymers were markedly enhanced by inserting the thiophene moiety into the donor part of the DPP-based terpolymer, PDPP-SS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 28

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Priority Research Centers Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( NRF20100020209 ) and by the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF2012R1A2A1A01008797 ). Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GI-XRD) measurements were performed using Beam line 9A at the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (Pohang, Korea).

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • Charge transport
  • Polymer solar cells
  • Regular terpolymer
  • Thin film transistor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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