Effects of Alkylthio and Alkoxy Side Chains in Polymer Donor Materials for Organic Solar Cells

Chaohua Cui, Wai Yeung Wong

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ÂKGaA, Weinheim. Side chains play a considerable role not only in improving the solubility of polymers for solution-processed device fabrication, but also in affecting the molecular packing, electron affinity and thus the device performance. In particular, electron-donating side chains show unique properties when employed to tune the electronic character of conjugated polymers in many cases. Therefore, rational electron-donating side chain engineering can improve the photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymer donors to some extent. Here, a survey of some representative examples which use electron-donating alkylthio and alkoxy side chains in conjugated organic polymers for polymer solar cell applications will be presented. It is envisioned that an analysis of the effect of such electron-donating side chains in polymer donors would contribute to a better understanding of this kind of side chain behavior in solution-processed conjugated organic polymers for polymer solar cells.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-302
Number of pages16
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • electron donors
  • organic photovoltaics
  • polymer donors
  • polymer solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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