Nanoscale Morphology from Donor–Acceptor Block Copolymers: Formation and Functions

  • David Heinrich
  • Martin Hufnagel
  • Chetan Raj Singh
  • Matthias Fischer
  • Shahidul Alam
  • Harald Hoppe
  • Thomas Thurn-AlbrechtEmail author
  • Mukundan Thelakkat
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 272)


General design principles of donor–acceptor block copolymers are reviewed and specific results arising from block copolymers consisting of semicrystalline poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) blocks of appreciably high molecular weight and acceptor blocks carrying pendant perylene bisimides or fullerene derivatives are summarized. The chapter is structured according to the building blocks P3HT, poly(perylene bisimide acrylate), and a polystyrene copolymer grafted with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester used for the synthesis of the corresponding block copolymers, and in each part the synthetic challenges, structure formation, and consequences for charge transport, and in some cases photovoltaic properties, are addressed.


Crystallization Donor-acceptor block copolymers Microphase separation Poly(3-hexylthiophene-25-diyl) Scattering techniques Self-assembly 



We acknowledge financial support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the priority program SPP1355, projects HO 3981/6, Th 807/3, and TH 1281/1. Part of the results was obtained from experiments on beamlines ID10 and Dubble at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Heinrich
    • 1
  • Martin Hufnagel
    • 1
  • Chetan Raj Singh
    • 1
  • Matthias Fischer
    • 2
  • Shahidul Alam
    • 3
  • Harald Hoppe
    • 3
  • Thomas Thurn-Albrecht
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mukundan Thelakkat
    • 1
  1. 1.Applied Functional Polymers, Macromolecular Chemistry I, University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Physik, Martin-Luther-UniversitätHalleGermany
  3. 3.Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry Jena (CEEC), Friedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany

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