Macromolecular Research

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 934–941 | Cite as

Synthesis and Characterization of Cyclopentadithiophene and Thienothiophene-Based Polymers for Organic Thin-Film Transistors and Solar Cells

  • Pramod Kandoth Madathil
  • Shinuk Cho
  • Sinil Choi
  • Tae-Dong Kim
  • Kwang-Sup LeeEmail author


Novel donor-donor type alternating copolymers (8CDT-TT and 16CDT-TT) derived from cyclopentadithiophene (CDT) and thienothiophene (TT) moieties that differ from solubilizing side chains were successfully synthesized and characterized. After the synthesis of CDT-TT-based conjugated polymers with dioctyl and dihexadecyl side chains, their optical, thermal, structural and semiconducting properties were investigated. Organic thin-film transistors fabricated from 8CDT-TT and 16CDT-TT exhibit carrier mobilities as high as 3.92×10-4 and 1.05×10-3 cm2V-1s-1, respectively. Bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated using a polymer:PCBM blend ratio of 1:3 exhibit power conversion efficiencies of 2.12 and 1.84% for 8CDT-TT and 16CDT-TT, respectively.


donor-donor type conjugated polymers organic thin film transistors organic solar cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pramod Kandoth Madathil
    • 1
    • 3
  • Shinuk Cho
    • 2
  • Sinil Choi
    • 1
  • Tae-Dong Kim
    • 1
  • Kwang-Sup Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Advanced MaterialsHannam UniversityDaejeonKorea
  2. 2.Department of Physics and EHSRCUniversity of UlsanUlsanKorea
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryChrist UniversityBangaloreIndia

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