Synthesis of New Fullerene Derivatives for Photovoltaic and Biological Applications

Edison Arley Castro Portillo, University of Texas at El Paso


Functionalized fullerenes exhibit improved solubility and different chemical and physical properties that allow applications in multiple fields such as photovoltaic and biological applications. Currently, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are the most rapidly developing type of solar cells with certified efficiencies rising from 3.8% in 2009 to 22.1% in 2016. The good electron transporting and solution processable properties of most fullerene derivatives make them the most popular electron transporting materials (ETMs) in inverted perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The work is reported in 11 chapters. We start with a fullerene overview followed by cleaver and elegant methodologies that allow the synthesis of unusual multiple-adducts of fullerenes C60 and C70, in a very regioselective manner that are otherwise impossible to obtain. Finally, we describe the synthesis of new C60 and C70 fullerene derivatives and their use in PSCs as the ETMs, as well as their remarkable anti-HIV-1 biological applications.

Subject Area

Chemistry|Organic chemistry|Physical chemistry

Recommended Citation

Castro Portillo, Edison Arley, "Synthesis of New Fullerene Derivatives for Photovoltaic and Biological Applications" (2017). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10680506.