BODIPY-based conjugated polymers for broadband light sensing and harvesting applications

Diego Cortizo Lacalle, Calvyn T. Howells, Salvatore Gambino, Filipe Vilela, Zuzana Vobecka, Neil J. Findlay, Anto R. Inigo, Stuart A. J. Thomson, Peter J. Skabara, Ifor D. W. Samuel, Peter Skabara

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The synthesis of novel low band-gap polymers has significantly improved light sensing and harvesting in polymer-fullerene devices. Here the synthesis of two low band-gap polymers based on the 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene core (BODIPY), and either bis(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (bis-EDOT) or its all-sulfur analogue bis(3,4-ethylenedithiathiophene) (bis-EDTT) are described. The polymers demonstrate ambipolar charge transport and are shown to be suitable for broadband light sensing and solar energy harvesting in solution-processable polymer-fullerene devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14119-14126
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number28
Early online date18 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2012


  • light sensing
  • broadband light sensing
  • solar energy
  • solar energy harvesting

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