Department of Chemistry
Synthesis, characterization and photovoltaic behavior of a very narrow-bandgap metallopolyyne of platinum: solar cells with photocurrent extended to near-Infrared wavelength
The synthesis, characterization and photophysics of a solution-processable metallopolyyne of platinum (P1) functionalized with the dioctyloxyphenyl-substituted thienopyrazine-thiophene hybrid spacer and its model molecular complex (M1) are described. Such metallopolymer P1 possesses a very low bandgap of 1.50 eV which extends towards the near-infrared (NIR) range of the solar spectrum, and represents one of the lowest optical bandgaps reported for metallopolyynes. With the capability of spanning a wider solar-radiation range, P1 can be used to fabricate efficient solar cells with power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of up to 0.46% under air mass (AM1.5) simulated solar illumination. The electronic effect of the central heterocyclic ring sandwiched between the two thiophene units on the optical properties of these metallopolyynes has been investigated. The present study provides a good approach towards achieving conjugated polymeric materials with a broad solar absorption and demonstrates the potential of low-bandgap metallopolyynes for simultaneous visible and NIR light power generation. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Low-bandgap, Metallopolyyne, Solar cells, Thienopyrazine, Thiophene
Source Publication Title
Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials
Wang, Xing-Zhu, Cheuk-Lam Ho, Lei Yan, Xi Chen, Xun Chen, Kai-Yin Cheung, and Wai-Yeung Wong. "Synthesis, characterization and photovoltaic behavior of a very narrow-bandgap metallopolyyne of platinum: solar cells with photocurrent extended to near-Infrared wavelength." Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials 20.3 (2010): 478-487.