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See detailElectrografting onto ITO substrates of poly(thiophene)-based micelles decorated by acrylate groups
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Desbief, Simon; Lazzaroni, Roberto et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2013), 4(15), 4151-4161

We report on a simple process for the chemisorption of poly(thiophene)-based block copolymers onto ITO substrates. Two poly(thiophene) block copolymers functionalized by acrylates on the second block are ... [more ▼]

We report on a simple process for the chemisorption of poly(thiophene)-based block copolymers onto ITO substrates. Two poly(thiophene) block copolymers functionalized by acrylates on the second block are prepared by the Grignard Metathesis (GRIM) process. The first block is composed of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and the second block is either a polythiophene bearing an acrylate group on each monomer unit (PAcET), or a polythiophene bearing both acrylate and poly(ethylene glycol) side chains (P(AcET-co-PEGET)). After characterizing their macromolecular parameters and optical properties, we investigate their ability to self-assemble into micelles in DMF solutions. This solvent is required for the electrografting procedure that is used for strongly anchoring the polymer to ITO. These micelles are expected to be formed by a P3HT core and a PAcET or P(AcET-co-PEGET) shell. When PEG side chains are present in the second block, the copolymer nicely self-assembles into micelles decorated by acrylates. Cathodic polarization of ITO induces chemisorption and polymerization of acrylate groups, leading to an adherent organized film of poly(thiophene)-based micelles. The optical absorption spectra show that the electrografted polymer chains have a degree of π-electron conjugation similar to that of crystalline P3HT films. In the absence of the PEG chains, the copolymer does not organize into micelles, due to the low stabilizing ability of the second block in DMF. [less ▲]

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See detailThermally stable bulk heterojunction solar cells based on cross-linkable acrylate-functionalized polythiophene diblock copolymers
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Tomassetti, Mirco ULg; Manca, Jean et al

in Macromolecules (2013), 46(3), 785-795

We report on the synthesis of new thermally cross-linkable all-conjugated diblock copolymers composed of a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) block and an acrylate-functionalized polythiophene block. These ... [more ▼]

We report on the synthesis of new thermally cross-linkable all-conjugated diblock copolymers composed of a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) block and an acrylate-functionalized polythiophene block. These copolymers are then used in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells with [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), and their photovoltaic performances are compared with standard P3HT/PCBM devices. Thermal cross-linking of the functional copolymers/PCBM blends is performed to improve the thermal stability of the active layer. BHJ photovoltaic cells with cross-linkable copolymers and PCBM show initial power conversion efficiencies slightly lower than that of P3HT devices. However, solar cells with cross-linkable copolymers retain more than 85% of their initial power efficiency value after 165 h of thermal annealing (accelerated aging test), whereas the same devices with P3HT retain less than 65% of their initial power efficiency. This improvement of the thermal stability of BHJ photovoltaic cells is the result of the polymer network that hampers PCBM diffusion and phase separation, as confirmed with TEM and AFM analysis of the microscopic morphology. Such an improvement is mostly observed when using a cross-linkable P3HT with a short spacer between the acrylate group and the polythiophene backbone. [less ▲]

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See detailThermally induced coupling of poly(thiophene)-based block copolymers prepared by Grignard metathesis polymerization: a straightforward route toward highly regioregular multiblock conjugated copolymers
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Desbief, Simon; Lazzaroni, Roberto et al

in Macromolecules (2012), 45(17), 6796-6806

We report on a convenient and simple process to prepare highly regioregular poly(thiophene)-based multiblock copolymers by a novel thermally induced coupling reaction. Diblock copolymers of 3 ... [more ▼]

We report on a convenient and simple process to prepare highly regioregular poly(thiophene)-based multiblock copolymers by a novel thermally induced coupling reaction. Diblock copolymers of 3-hexylthiophene (3HT) and 2,5-dibromo-3-(2-(2-tetrahydropyranyl-2-oxy)ethyl)thiophene (THPET) end-capped by a nickel complex (Br-P3HT-b-PTHPET-Ni(dppp)Br) are first prepared using Ni(dppp)Cl2 as catalyst at 30 °C by Grignard metathesis polymerization (GRIM process). The coupling of these α-bromo, ω-Ni(dppp)Br telechelic diblock copolymers then occurs by heating the solution of the copolymer at 80 °C for a few hours without adding any additional reagent. Reactions are complete in only 10 min when heating the copolymer at 120 °C using microwaves. The deprotection of the alcohol groups of PTHPET blocks allows further modifications such as the incorporation of acrylates by esterification. AFM analysis on thin films shows the influence of the nature of side chains (protected alcohol or acrylate), the molecular weight, and the architecture (diblock or multiblock) of the copolymer on the supramolecular organization of the polythiophene chains. [less ▲]

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