Janvier 2021.

Publication de l'équipe SCL en "hot paper"dans Chemistry: A European Journal

Triphenylamine/Tetracyanobutadiene-based π-Conjugated Push-Pull Molecules End-capped with Arene Platforms: Synthesis, Photophysics, and Photovoltaic Response

    ABSTRACT: π‐Conjugated push–pull molecules based on triphenylamine and 1,1,4,4‐tetracyanobuta‐1,3‐diene (TCBD) have been functionalized with different terminal arene units. In solution, these highly TCBD‐twisted systems showed a strong internal charge transfer band in the visible spectrum and no detectable photoluminescence (PL). Photophysical and theoretical investigations revealed very short singlet excited state deactivation time of ≈10 ps resulting from significant conformational changes of the TCBD‐arene moiety upon photoexcitation, opening a pathway for non‐radiative decay. The PL was recovered in vacuum‐processed films or when the molecules were dispersed in a PMMA matrix leading to a significant increase of the excited state deactivation time. As shown by cyclic voltammetry, these molecules can act as electron donors compared to C60. Hence, vacuum‐processed planar heterojunction organic solar cells were fabricated leading to a maximum power conversion efficiency of ca. 1.9 % which decreases with the increase of the arene size.
DOI: doi.org/10.1002/chem.202002810