Regioregularity and solar cell device performance of poly(3- dodecylthienylenevinylene)

Jianyuan Sun, Cheng Zhang, Swaminathan Venkatesan, Rui Li, Sam Shajing Sun, Qiquan Qiao

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Influence of side chain regioregularity on photovoltaic performance has been investigated in bulk heterojunction solar cells based on a series of poly(3-dodecylthienylenevinylene)s (C 12-PTV) and 6,6-phenyl-C 61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). Performance of each C 12-PTV is optimized for fair comparison. It is found that regiorandomness has no detrimental effect on device performance, in sharp contrast to poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). Fully regioregular C 12-PTV performs slightly poorer than less regioregular ones mainly due to its fast crystallization behavior. The results suggest that introduction of side chain regiorandomness is an effective strategy to enhance processability of certain types of polymers without a reduction in photovoltaic performance. The better polymer:PCBM weight ratio, found to be 3:7 for all C 12-PTVs, and improved device performance, as compared with the literature work on the same polymer synthesized by a different method, demonstrate again the importance of the integrity of polymer main chain structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-922
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • crystallinity
  • poly(3-dodecylthienylenevinylene)
  • regioregularity
  • solar cell device
  • weight ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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