Chun Du

Beijing Normal University, Peping, Beijing, China

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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Alcohol soluble fullerene derivative (FN-C60) has been synthesized and used as a cathode interfacial layer for high-efficiency polymer solar cells (PSCs). To examine the function of FN-C60 interfacial layer, polymer solar cells were fabricated with the blends of P3:PC71BM or HXS-1:PC71BM as the active layer. In comparison to the bare Al electrode, power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of P3:PC71BM and HXS-1:PC71BM based PSCs were increased from 3.65 to 4.64% and from 4.65 to 5.11%, respectively, when FN-C60/Al was used as the electrode. Moreover, the overall photovoltaic performances of PSCs with the FN-C60/Al electrode were better than those of cells with LiF/Al electrode, indicating that FN-C60 is a potential interfacial layer material to replace LiF.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2013 · ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: 6,7-Dialkoxy-2,3-diphenylquinoxaline based narrow band gap conjugated polymers, poly[2,7-(9-octyl-9H-carbazole)-alt-5,5-(5,8-di-2-thinenyl-(6,7-dialkoxy-2,3-diphenylquinoxaline))] (PCDTQ) and poly[2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)-alt-5,5-(5,8-di-2-thinenyl-(6,7-dialkoxy-2,3-diphenylquinoxaline))] (PFDTQ), have been synthesized by Suzuki polycondensation. Their optical, electrochemical, transport and photovoltaic properties have been investigated in detail. Hole mobilities of PCDTQ and PFDTQ films spin coated from 1,2-dichlorobenzene (DCB) solutions are 1.0 × 10−4 and 4.1 × 10−4 cm2V−1 s−1, respectively. Polymer solar cells were fabricated with the as-synthesized polymers as the donor and PC61BM and PC71BM as the acceptor. Devices based on PCDTQ:PC71BM (1:3) and PFDTQ:PC71BM (1:3) fabricated from DCB solutions demonstrated a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.5% with a V oc of 0.95 V and a PCE of 2.5% with a V oc of 0.98 V, respectively, indicating they are promising donor materials.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2013 · Chinese Journal of Polymer Science
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A novel donor-acceptor (D-A) copolymer PDFCDTBT with 3,6-difluoro substituted carbazole as the donor unit and dialkoxy substituted benzothiadiazole as the acceptor unit has been synthesized and used as donor materials for bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ PSCs). PDFCDTBT possesses a band gap of 1.75 eV, a low-lying HOMO energy level of -5.23 eV, and a good thermal and electrochemical stability. In comparison with HXS-1, the incorporation of two fluoro atoms in the carbazole donor unit lowers the HOMO and the LUMO energy levels of polymer, results in simultaneous decreasing the band gap of polymer and increasing the Voc of polymer solar cells. The fluoro-containing polymer PDFCDTBT also shows strong intramolecular interactions and forms close packing in solid state. Polymer solar cells based on PDFCDTBT and (6,6)-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) demonstrate a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.8 % with a Voc of 0.91 V, a Jsc of 9.5 mA/cm2, and an FF of 0.55. In comparison with HXS-1, the better stability, higher Voc, and narrower band gap indicate that PDFCDTBT is a very promising donor material for high efficiency polymer solar cells.
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · Polymer Chemistry
  • Chun Du · Weiwei Li · Cuihong Li · Zhishan Bo
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Four ethynylene-containing donor-acceptor alternating conjugated polymers P1–P4 with 2,5-bis(dodecyloxy) substituted phenylene or carbazole as the donor unit and benzothiadiazole (BTZ) as the acceptor unit were synthesized and used as donor polymers in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells. The optical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties of these four polymers with the ethylene unit located at different positions of the polymer chains were systematically investigated. Our results demonstrated that absorption spectra and the HOMO and LUMO energy levels of polymers could be tuned by varying the position of the ethynylene unit in the polymer chains. Photovoltaic devices based on polymer/PC71BM blend films spin coated from chloroform and dichlorobenzene solutions were investigated. For all four polymers, open circuit voltages (Voc) higher than 0.8 V were obtained. P4, with ethynylene unit between BTZ and thiophene, shows the best performance among these four polymers, with a Voc of 0.94 V, a Jsc of 4.2 mA/cm2, an FF of 0.40, and a PCE of 1.6%. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2013
    No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Polymethacrylate with semiconducting side chains (P1), synthesized by free radical polymerization, was used as a donor material for polymer solar cells. P1 is of high molecular weight (M(n) = 82 kg mol(-1) ), good thermal stability, narrow band gap (1.87 eV), and low-lying HOMO energy level (-5.24 eV). P1 possesses not only the good film-forming ability of polymers but also the high purity of small organic molecules. Power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 0.63% and 1.22% have been obtained for solar cells with M1:PC(71) BM and P1:PC(71) BM as the active layers, respectively. With PC(61) BM as the acceptor, PCEs of M1 and P1 based devices decrease to 0.61% and 0.76%, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report that free radical polymerization can be used to prepare polymer donors for photovoltaic applications.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2012 · Macromolecular Rapid Communications
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Three D–A alternating copolymers P1–3 with 3,7-linked 2,8-bis(alkoxy)dibenzothiophene as the donor unit and benzothiadiazole (P1 and P2) or 3,4-bis(octyloxy)benzothiadiazole (P3) as the acceptor unit have been designed and synthesized. P1–3 show two broad absorption peaks in the visible region, and the internal charge transfer (ICT) absorptions at about 530 nm in solutions and 560 nm in films of P3 are much stronger than that of P1 and P2. All the polymers show narrow band gaps below 2.0 eV and the low-lying HOMO energy levels of approximately −5.30 eV. The hole mobilities of polymer films spin-cast from 1,2-dichlorobenzene (DCB) solutions are 3.0 × 10–4, 2.7 × 10–4, and 2.3 × 10–3 cm2 V–1 s–1 for P1, P2, and P3, respectively. Under simulated solar illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW/cm2), a PCE of 4.48% with a Voc of 0.83 V, a Jsc of 9.30 mA/cm2, and an FF of 0.58 has been achieved for PSCs with the P3:PC71BM blend (1:3, by weight) as the active layer in simply processed devices, whereas after the optimization, PCEs of only 1.02% and 1.71% have been obtained for P1- and P2-based devices, respectively. This is the first report on dibenzothiophene-based conjugated polymers used for high efficiency polymer solar cells, demonstrating that photovoltaic performance can be improved by fine-tuning the conjugated polymer structure.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2012 · Macromolecules
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Two kinds of polyfluorenes bearing two lateral pyrene terminated alkyl chains and two alkyl chains per repeating unit were synthesized by Suzuki polycondensation and used to disperse single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) in organic solvents. Stable polymer-SWCNT complex can be formed via the multivalent π-π stacking interaction of the lateral pyrene functional groups and the polyfluorene backbone with the outer surface of carbon nanotubes; meanwhile the lateral alkyl chains can impart good solubility to the complex. As expected, polyfluorenes bearing lateral pyrene functional groups and octyl chains exhibited much higher carbon nanotube solubility in common organic solvents than the corresponding polyfluorenes bearing only octyl chains. Photophysical studies indicated that the formation of polymer-SWCNT complex can effectively quench the fluorescence of polyfluorenes.
    No preview · Article · May 2012 · Chinese Journal of Polymer Science
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Dihydronaphthyl-based [60]fullerene bisadduct derivative, NC(60)BA, was synthesized at mild temperature in high yield. NC(60)BA not only possesses a LUMO energy level 0.16 eV higher than PC(61)BM but also has amorphous nature that can overcome thermal-driven crystallization. The fabricated P3HT:NC(60)BA-based polymer solar cells exhibit superior photovoltaic performance and thermal stability compared to PC(61)BM-based devices under the same conditions.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2011 · Chemical Communications
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Silole-containing conjugated polymers (P1 and P2) carrying methyl and octyl substituents, respectively, on the silicon atom were synthesized by Suzuki polycondensation. They show strong absorption in the region of 300–700 nm with a band gap of about 1.9 eV. The two silole-containing conjugated polymers were used to fabricate polymer solar cells by blending with PC61BM and PC71BM as the active layer. The best performance of photovoltaic devices based on P1/PC71BM active layer exhibited power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.72%, whereas that of the photovoltaic cells fabricated with P2/PC71BM exhibited PCE of 5.08%. 1,8-Diiodooctane was used as an additive to adjust the morphology of the active layer during the device optimization. PCE of devices based on P2/PC71BM was further improved to 6.05% when a TiOx layer was used as a hole-blocking layer. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2011
    No preview · Article · Oct 2011 · Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A novel donor–acceptor copolymer containing 9-alkylidene-9H-fluorene unit in the main chain, poly[9-(1′-hexylheptylidene)-2,7-fluorene-alt-5,5-(4′,7′-di-2-thienyl-5′,6′-dialkoxy-2′,1′,3′-benzothiadiazole)] (PAFDTBT), has been synthesized and evaluated in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (BHJ PSCs). The polymer possesses a low band gap of 1.84 eV, a low-lying HOMO energy level (5.32 eV), and excellent solubility in common organic solvents. PSCs based on PAFDTBT and (6,6)-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) demonstrate a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.2% with a high fill factor (FF) of 0.70, which indicates that 9-alkylidene-9H-fluorene can be a very useful building block for constructing narrow band gap conjugated polymers for high-efficiency BHJ PSCs.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2011 · Macromolecules
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ring creation: Shape-persistent macrocyclic structures were prepared by a one-pot catalyst-transfer Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling (CTSMCC) reaction (see figure). The reaction of 3,6-dibromo-substituted carbazoles and diboronic ester monomers afforded shape-persistent macrocycles in yields of up to 67%, whereas the use of a traditional catalyst gave the desired product only in a yield of about 16%.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2011 · Chemistry - A European Journal
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Star molecules have many advantages, such as monodispersity, excellent solubility, and vast structures with different functional groups. A set of four-arm star molecules with benzothiadiazole as the core, oligothiophene as the arm, and triphenylamine as the end group and their linear counterparts were designed and synthesized. Organic solar cells (OSCs) fabricated with these star molecules and [6,6]-phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) by spin-coating from solution demonstrate similar short circuit current density (Jsc) and fill factor (FF) but larger open circuit voltage (Voc) in comparison with solar cells fabricated with corresponding linear molecules and PC71BM. A power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.8%, with Jsc = 4.9 mA/cm2, Voc = 0.92 V, and FF = 0.41 was achieved with one of these star molecules.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2009 · Chemistry of Materials
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An alternating copolymer, poly(2-(5-(5,6-bis(octyloxy)-4-(thiophen-2-yl)benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazol-7-yl)thiophen-2-yl)-9-octyl-9H-carbazole) (HXS-1), was designed, synthesized, and used as the donor material for high efficiency polymer solar cells. The close packing of the polymer chains in the solid state was confirmed by XRD. A J(sc) of 9.6 mA/cm(2), a V(oc) of 0.81 V, an FF of 0.69, and a PCE of 5.4% were achieved with HXS-1 and [6,6]-phenyl C(71)-butyric acid methyl ester (PC(71)BM) as a bulk heterojunction active layer spin-coated from a solvent mixture of 1,2-dichlorobenzene and 1,8-diodooctane (97.5:2.5) under air mass 1.5 global (AM 1.5 G) irradiation of 100 mW/cm(2).
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2009 · Journal of the American Chemical Society

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680 Citations
71.71 Total Impact Points


  • 2011-2013
    • Beijing Normal University
      • College of Chemistry
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2012
    • Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry
      Peping, Beijing, China