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Solution or Vacuum Deposition? Evaluating Thiophene Electron-Donor Layers for the Rapid Assessment of Boron Subphthalocyanines as Electron Acceptors in Organic Photovoltaics

Congrats David Josey on a great first paper published in ChemPhysChem!

In this study, standard electron-donating material are paired with boron subphthalocyanines (BsubPcs) to rapidly assess the viability of new BsubPc derivatives as electron-accepting materials within organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs). Specifically, the evaluation of  solution-cast poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) as an electron donor paired with BsubPc derivatives relative to vacuum-deposited sexithiophene (α-6T). The two thiophene-based materials show the same performance trends when paired with three different acceptor molecules. Given the preservation of these trends, either option for assessing the potential of new BsubPc derivatives; P3HT as a solution-cast electron-donor layer or α-6T as a vacuum-deposited alternative.

Solution or Vacuum Deposition? answer: "why choose!"

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