The synthesis, characterization and photophysics of a solution-processable metallopolyyne of platinum (P1) functionalized with the dioctyloxyphenyl-substituted thienopyrazine-thiophene hybrid spacer and its model molecular complex (M1) are described. Such metallopolymer P1 possesses a very low bandgap of 1.50 eV which extends towards the near-infrared (NIR) range of the solar spectrum, and represents one of the lowest optical bandgaps reported for metallopolyynes. With the capability of spanning a wider solar-radiation range, P1 can be used to fabricate efficient solar cells with power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of up to 0.46% under air mass (AM1.5) simulated solar illumination. The electronic effect of the central heterocyclic ring sandwiched between the two thiophene units on the optical properties of these metallopolyynes has been investigated. The present study provides a good approach towards achieving conjugated polymeric materials with a broad solar absorption and demonstrates the potential of low-bandgap metallopolyynes for simultaneous visible and NIR light power generation.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Jun 2010|
- Solar cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry