Dicyanovinylene-Substituted Oligothiophenes for Organic Solar Cells

  • Christian Koerner
  • Hannah Ziehlke
  • Roland Fitzner
  • Moritz Riede
  • Amaresh Mishra
  • Peter Bäuerle
  • Karl Leo
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 272)


We investigate dicyanovinyl-substituted oligothiophene derivatives as absorber materials in organic solar cells. We determine structure–property relationships, which are important for materials design. We demonstrate the influence of those structural changes on the processing ability, energy levels, optical properties, thin-film morphology, and charge transport. Furthermore, we give a detailed picture of the microscopic processes between photon absorption and charge carrier generation, in particular, the importance of triplet exciton losses and a relationship between the yield of charge carrier generation and macroscopic charge-transport properties.


Charge carrier generation Multijunction Oligothiophene Photoinduced absorption Small molecule Structure-property relationships Triplet exciton 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the following people for their contribution to this work: S. Olthof, C. Uhrich, M. Tietze, and M. Schwarze for UPS measurements; M. P. Hein and J. Jankowski for mobility measurements; C. Elschner, N. Cates-Miller, and M. McGehee (+team) for thin-film X-ray measurements; F. Selzer and D. Schütze and the IAPP Lesker team for preparation of samples; A. Petrich for material purification; M. Pfeiffer and C. Uhrich from Heliatek for our fruitful collaboration; E. Mena-Osteritz and R. Gresser for DFT calculation and discussion; M. Weil for single-crystal X-ray analysis. The authors gratefully acknowledge the DFG for funding this project within the priority program 1355 (LE747-38 and BA 880/5).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Koerner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hannah Ziehlke
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roland Fitzner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Moritz Riede
    • 1
    • 2
  • Amaresh Mishra
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter Bäuerle
    • 1
    • 2
  • Karl Leo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte PhotophysikTechnische Universtität DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Organische Chemie II und Neue MaterialienUniversität UlmUlmGermany

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