In-situ polymerized poly(3-hexylthiophene) and TiO2 nanocomposites for organic solar cells

Tingting Xu, Jing Li, Heather Rohwe, James D. Hoefelmeye, David Galipeau, Qiquan Qiao

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A chemically tethered organic/inorganic hybrid nanocomposite of poly (3-hexylthiophene) [P3HT] and TiO2 nanorods was successfully prepared through surface modification and in situ polymerization. In order to form an intimate contact between TiO2 and P3HT, a new layer of silane linker was coupled on TiO2 surface to replace the linoleic acid (LA). Subsequently, 3-hexylthiophene was insitu polymerized and anchored on the TiO2 surface through silane linker to form the hybrid nanocomposites. From Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra, the successful ligand exchange and polymerization on TiO2 surface was observed. The UV-Visible absorption of as prepared P3HT showed that the conjugated polymer and TiO2 has strong interaction with each other. The fluorescence quenching experiment proved that the chemically bonded nanocomposites have a more efficient charge transfer processes than simply blending them together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram - 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2010Jun 25 2010

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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