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Keywords:

  • acceptors;
  • electrochemistry;
  • fluorenylidenes;
  • fullerenes;
  • polycycles

Abstract

We have designed the synthesis of “deconvoluted fullerene” derivatives that present an ordered pattern of hexagons and pentagons in the backbone of the molecule. We not only mimicked the fullerene structure in dihedral planes, but also preserved its electron accepting behavior and enlarged its optical absorption. Moreover, very preliminary photoluminescence (PL) quenching experiments also confirmed the potentiality of these materials as acceptors in the field of organic photovoltaics (OPV)s. A brief discussion of the surface morphology, based on AFM analysis, is also presented.