Photoconductivity in donor - Acceptor polyferrocenylsilane - Fullerene composite films

Paul W. Cyr, Ethan J.D. Klem, Edward H. Sargent, Ian Manners*

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Organometallic polymer-based solid-state photoconductive and photovoltaic devices using thin films of blends of poly(ferrocenylmethylphenylsilane) (PFMPS) and fullerenes as the active layers were fabricated. Buckminsterfullerene C60 and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) fullerene derivative were investigated as electron acceptors in the devices, in the range of 5 - 18 mol % relative to the ferrocenyl electron donor in PFMPS. The devices show a predominantly UV spectral response. The short circuit currents were on the order of nanoamperes under white light illumination of ca. 160 mW/cm2, and the open circuit voltage was found to vary from ca. 0.3 V for devices with C60 to ca. 0.45 V for devices with PCBM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5770-5773
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 15 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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