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Synthesis and characterization of a narrow-bandgap polymer containing alternating cyclopentadithiophene and diketo-pyrrolo-pyrrole units for solar cell applications

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We have synthesized a narrow-bandgap conjugated polymer (PCTDPP) containing alternating cyclopentadithiophene (CT) and diketo-pyrrolo-pyrrole (DPP) units by Suzuki coupling. This PCTDPP exhibits a low band gap of 1.31 eV and a broad absorption band from 350 to 1000 nm, which allows it to absorb more available photons from sunlight. A bulk heterojunction polymer solar cell incorporating PCTDPP and C70 at a blend ratio of 1:3 exhibited a high short-circuit current of 10.87 mA/cm2 and a power conversion efficiency of 2.27%. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 48: 1669–1675, 2010

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