Synthesis, characterization and photovoltaic properties of a low-bandgap platinum(II) polyyne functionalized with a 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene-benzothiadiazole hybrid spacer

Wai Yeung Wong, Xingzhu Wang, Hai Liang Zhang, Kai Yin Cheung, Man Kin Fung, Aleksandra B. Djurišić, Wai Kin Chan

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The synthesis, characterization and optical spectroscopy of a deep blue platinum(II) polyyne functionalized with the (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-benzothiadiazole hybrid spacer (P1) and its dinuclear platinum molecular model complex (M1) are described. This metalated polymer P1 exhibits good thermal stability and possesses a narrow bandgap of 1.76 eV. Optical spectroscopic measurements of these materials reveal a substantial donor-acceptor interaction along the rigid backbone of the organometallic polyynes through the interaction of metal center and the conjugated tricyclic ligand. Preliminary study shows that P1: methanofullerene acceptor blend can be used as an active layer of bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells. Photoexcitation of this blend layer in some yet-to-be optimized cells results in a photo-induced electron transfer from the π-conjugated metallopolyyne electron donor to [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) close to 0.30% under air mass (AM1.5) simulated solar illumination. The power dependencies of the solar cell parameters (including the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, fill-factor and PCE) were also studied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3603-3612
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethylenedioxythiophene
  • Metallopolymers
  • Photovoltaics
  • Platinum
  • Polyynes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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