Naphthobisthiadiazole-Based Selenophene-Incorporated Quarterchalcogenophene Copolymers for Field-Effect Transistors and Polymer Solar Cells

Fong Yi Cao, Fang Yu Lin, Cheng Chun Tseng, Kai En Hung, Jhih Yang Hsu, Yen Chen Su, Yen-Ju Cheng*

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In this research, we developed six new selenophene-incorporated naphthobisthiadiazole-based donor-acceptor polymers PNT2Th2Se-OD, PNT2Se2Th-OD, PNT4Se-OD, PNT2Th2Se-DT, PNT2Se2Th-DT, and PNT4Se-DT. The structure-property relationships have been systematically established through the comparison of their structural variations: (1) isomeric biselenophene/bithiophene arrangement between PNT2Th2Se and PNT2Se2Th polymers, (2) biselenophene/bithiophene and quarterselenophene donor units between PNT2Th2Se/PNT2Se2Th and PNT4Se polymers, and (3) side-chain modification between the 2-octyldodecylthiophene (OD)- and 2-decyltetradecyl (DT)-series polymers. The incorporation of selenophene units in the copolymers induces stronger charge transfer to improve the light-harvesting capability while maintaining the strong intermolecular interactions to preserve the intrinsic crystallinity for high carrier mobility. The organic field-effect transistor device using PNT2Th2Se-OD achieved a high hole mobility of 0.36 cm 2 V -1 s -1 with an on/off ratio of 1.9 × 10 5 . The solar cells with PNT2Th2Se-OD:PC 71 BM exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 9.47% with a V oc of 0.68 V, an fill factor of 67%, and an impressive J sc of 20.69 mA cm -2 .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11674-11683
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number12
StatePublished - 27 Mar 2019


  • chalcogenophene
  • naphthobisthiadiazole
  • organic field-effect transistors
  • polymer solar cells
  • selenophene


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