Ferrocenyl Phthalocyanine as Donor in Non-Poly(3-hexylthiophen-2,5-diyl) Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell

Ilgın Nar*, Armağan Atsay, Ahmet Altındal, Esin Hamuryudan, Makbule B. Koçak, Ahmet Gül

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Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells might one day play a vital role in realizing low-cost and environmentally benign photovoltaic devices. In this work, a BHJ solar cell was designed, based on a hexadeca-substituted phthalocyanine (FcPc) with ferrocenyl linked to the phthalocyanine ring. Next, we sought to obtain more quantitative information about the usability of this newly synthesized compound as a donor material in BHJ solar cells. Thus, BHJs with the structure of indium tin oxide/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)/FcPc:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blend/LiF/Al were fabricated and characterized. The effect of blend ratio (0.5–2.0) on the BHJ solar cell parameters was also investigated. Interesting results were obtained in FcPc and the PCBM blend-based BHJ solar cell under optimized conditions. Our results presented here demonstrate that BHJ devices employing FcPc as a donor has great potential for the development of highly efficient non-poly(3-hexylthiophen-2,5-diyl) photovoltaic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6946-6949
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2018

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This study was supported by the Research Fund of Istanbul-Technical University. AG thanks Turkish Academy of Sciences(-TUBA) for partial support.

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Istanbul-Technical University


    • crystal engineering
    • donor
    • ferrocene
    • phthalocyanines
    • solar cells


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