Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers with Complex Architecture for Photovoltaic Applications

  • Anton Kiriy
  • Frederik C. Krebs
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 272)


A common approach to bulk heterojunction solar cells involves a “trial-and-error” approach in finding optimal kinetically unstable morphologies. An alternative approach assumes the utilization of complex polymer architectures, such as donor–acceptor block copolymers. Because of a covalent preorganization of the donor and acceptor components, these materials may form desirable morphologies at thermodynamic equilibrium. This chapter reviews synthetic approaches to such architectures and shows the first photovoltaic results.


Catalyst-transfer polycondensation Covalent preorganization Donor-acceptor block copolymer Grafting-from Grafting-through Grafting-to Hairy particles Morphology PCBM Self-assembly Suzuki chain-growth polycondensation 



We gratefully acknowledge support from DFG within SPP 1355, “Elementary Processes of Organic Photovoltaics,” grant number KI-1094/4.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Polymer StructuresLeibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.DresdenGermany
  2. 2.DTU ENERGY, Department of Energy Conversion and StorageTechnical University of DenmarkRoskildeDenmark

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