A series of electron-acceptor polymers, copolymers and blends were used in all-polymer BHJ photodetectors and the effect of acceptor compositions on the key device parameters of dark current density and photocurrent was investigated. Compared with acceptor polymers and polymer blends, the devices based on acceptor copolymer showed lowered dark current and higher photocurrent, due to optimal molecular stacking and morphology of the BHJ active layer. The acceptor blends tend to cause a large phase separation and rough surface of the active layer, thus leading to a low detectivity of the device. Among all the acceptor compositions studied in this work, the all-polymer BHJ photodetector based on a donor polymer (PolyD) and an acceptor copolymer (PolyAA′50) exhibited the highest specific detectivity of over 1012 Jones in the spectral region of 320–980 nm under −0.1 V bias.

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Keywords Acceptor polymer blend, All-polymer photodetector, Dark current, Electron acceptor copolymers, Photocurrent
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2017.02.060
Journal Polymer
Hu, L. (Liuyong), Qiao, W. (Wenqiang), Zhou, X. (Xiaokang), Zhang, X. (Xiaoqin), Ma, D. (Dongge), Li, Y. (Yuning), & Wang, Z.Y. (2017). Effect of compositions of acceptor polymers on dark current and photocurrent of all-polymer bulk-heterojunction photodetectors. Polymer, 114, 173–179. doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2017.02.060