Synthesis and characterization of solution-processable diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) and tetrathienothiophene (TTA)-based small molecules for organic thin film transistors and organic photovoltaic cells

Sureshraju Vegiraju, Cheng Ming Hsieh, Deng Yi Huang, Yen Chia Chen, Pragya Priyanka, Jen Shyang Ni, Firdausy Amalina Esya, Choongik Kim, Shueh Lin Yau, Chih Ping Chen, Cheng Liang Liu, Ming Chou Chen

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Abstract

A series of new acceptor-donor-acceptor type conjugated small molecules with alkylated tetrathienoacene as donor and diketopyrrolopyrrole as acceptor moieties has been synthesized and characterized for solution-processed organic thin film transistor and organic photovoltaic applications. To investigate the effect of elongated conjugation on this system, thiophene and bithiophene units were systematically incorporated between the central core and end capped unit. In addition, the effect of alkyl chain substitution on diketopyrrolopyrrole was also examined. The thermal, optical, and electrochemical properties of these new molecules were investigated. The highest hole mobility of organic thin film transistor devices utilizing the solution sheared thin films of these compounds as an active layer is 1.0 × 10-1 cm2 V-1 s-1. Whereas organic photovoltaic cells based on these new molecules exhibited the power conversion efficiencies as high as 2.9% when blends with [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester. These performances are strongly correlated with their thin film morphologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-291
Number of pages12
JournalDyes and Pigments
Volume133
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Diketopyrrolopyrrole
  • Organic photovoltaics
  • Organic thin film transistors
  • Solution shearing
  • Tetrathienoacene

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