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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

SYNTHESIS OF CONJUGATED STYRENE-ALT-MALEIC ANHYDRIDE

Abstract

Polymer-based solar cells offer the potential of cheap, flexible, and readily customizable alternatives to silicon-based solar cells. However, reaching high power conversion efficiencies in polymer solar cells has proven to be problematic. To reach higher power conversion efficiencies, a low bandgap polymer capable of absorbing higher proportions of solar irradiation is ideal. Bandgap is influenced by factors such as conjugation length, aromaticity, and substituent effects. Here styrene-alt-maleic anhydride is synthesized and then brominated at the α-carbonyl position to allow for elimination and the formation of a fully conjugated polymer. This material will then be characterized with regard to both molecular properties and potential as a photovoltaic polymer.

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