Using charge extraction techniques we have clarified the charge transport properties of novel polythiophene derivatives intended for use as sensitizers in polymer sensitized solar cells. The polymers are of low molecular weight in order to enable penetration into a mesoporous titanium dioxide film. Hydrophilic anchoring units are attached to the thiophene ring to facilitate attachment of the polymer to the titanium dioxide. The hole transporting properties were determined in order to clarify the possibility of using the polymers both as sensitizers and hole transporting material in a hybrid type device. We found that the mobilities are in the range of 1-4 x 10(-8) cm(2)/(V s). The low mobility is compensated by very long charge carrier lifetimes in the order of 100 ms resulting in a very promising charge carrier drift distance of 1 mu m. (c) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- Charge transport
- Hybrid solar cell