Two polymers with benzoxadiazole acceptor units were synthesized and investigated as electron donor materials in organic solar cells. Variation of the alkyl substituents was shown to significantly affect the optoelectronic properties of the polymers. In particular, the polymer HOMO energy level was lowered by 0.1 eV, while maintaining the same band gap, by replacement of the 2-ethylhexyl side-chains with the 2-hexyldecyl group. This modification also resulted in a higher open circuit voltage of the solar cells.
- Conjugated polymers
- Organic solar cells