We report the synthesis and characterisation of five new donor-acceptor type co-polymers based on a fused dithienogermolodithiophene unit for use in photovoltaic devices. The influence of three electron deficient co-monomers, as well as the length and variety of the solubilising side-chains, on the physical and optoelectronic properties of the polymers is reported. The number and variety of alkyl side-chains is found to have a significant impact on the polymer aggregation and film morphology, with larger and more bulky side-chains leading to improved solubility and molecular weight. The influence of these properties upon the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells is shown.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Materials Science(all)