Organic photovoltaic cells using supramolecular complexes of porphyrin-peptide oligomers (porphyrin-functionalized α-polypeptides) with fullerene demonstrate remarkable enhancement in the photoelectrochemical performance as well as broader photoresponse in the visible and near-infrared regions by increasing the number of porphyrin units in α-polypeptide structures. A high power conversion efficiency (η) of 1.3% and a maximum incident photon-to-photocurrent efficiency (IPCE) of 42% were attained using composite clusters of porphyrin-peptide octamer and fullerene. These results clearly show that the formation of a molecular assembly between fullerene and multi-porphyrin arrays with a polypeptide backbone controls the electron transfer efficiency in the supramolecular complex, which is essential for the light-energy conversion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry