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Title: Strategy for Enhancing the Dielectric Constant of Organic Semiconductors Without Sacrificing Charge Carrier Mobility and Solubility
Authors: Torabi, Solmaz
Jahani, Fatemeh
Kanimozhi, Catherine
Patil, Satish
Havenith, Remco W. A.
Chiechi, Ryan C.
LUTSEN, Laurence
Vanderzande, Dirk J. M.
CLEIJ, Thomas
Hummelen, Jan C.
Koster, L. Jan Anton
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 25 (1), p. 150-157
Abstract: Current organic semiconductors for organic photovoltaics (OPV) have relative dielectric constants (relative permittivities, epsilon(r)) in the range of 2-4. As a consequence, Coulombically bound electron-hole pairs (excitons) are produced upon absorption of light, giving rise to limited power conversion efficiencies. We introduce a strategy to enhance epsilon(r) of well-known donors and acceptors without breaking conjugation, degrading charge carrier mobility or altering the transport gap. The ability of ethylene glycol (EG) repeating units to rapidly reorient their dipoles with the charge redistributions in the environment was proven via density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Fullerene derivatives functionalized with triethylene glycol side chains were studied for the enhancement of epsilon(r) together with poly(p-phenylene vinylene) and diketo-pyrrolopyrrole based polymers functionalized with similar side chains. The polymers showed a doubling of epsilon(r) with respect to their reference polymers in identical backbone. Fullerene derivatives presented enhancements up to 6 compared with phenyl-C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as the reference. Importantly, the applied modifications did not affect the mobility of electrons and holes and provided excellent solubility in common organic solvents.
Notes: [Torabi, Solmaz; Jahani, Fatemeh; Havenith, Remco W. A.; Chiechi, Ryan C.; Hummelen, Jan C.; Koster, L. Jan Anton] Univ Groningen, Zernike Inst Adv Mat, NL-9747 AG Groningen, Netherlands. [Jahani, Fatemeh; Havenith, Remco W. A.; Chiechi, Ryan C.; Hummelen, Jan C.] Univ Groningen, Stratingh Inst Chem, NL-9747 AG Groningen, Netherlands. [Van Severen, Ineke; Vanderzande, Dirk J. M.; Cleij, Thomas J.] Hasselt Univ, Inst Mat Res IMO, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. [Kanimozhi, Catherine; Patil, Satish] Indian Inst Sci, Solid State & Struct Chem Unit, Bangalore 560012, Karnataka, India. [Havenith, Remco W. A.] Univ Ghent, Ghent Quantum Chem Grp, Dept Inorgan & Phys Chem, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk J. M.] IMEC, IMOMEC Associated Lab, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Cleij, Thomas J.] Maastricht Univ, Maastricht Sci Programme, NL-6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/18294
DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201402244
ISI #: 000347242900016
ISSN: 1616-301X
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
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