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Title: NMR study of the nanomorphology in thin films of polymer blends used in organic PV devices: MDMO-PPV/PCBM
Authors: MENS, Raoul
ADRIAENSENS, Peter
LUTSEN, Laurence
SWINNEN, Ann
BERTHO, Sabine
RUTTENS, Bart
D'HAEN, Jan
MANCA, Jean
CLEIJ, Thomas
VANDERZANDE, Dirk
GELAN, Jan
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: JOHN WILEY & SONS INC
Citation: JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART A-POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 46(1). p. 138-145
Abstract: The disclosure of the nanomorphology of thin films in organic solar cells, prepared from blends of conjugated polymers and PCBM, is of key importance for a better understanding of the occurring photovoltaic (PV) mechanisms. Hereto solid-state NMR relaxometry has been evaluated as a complementary technique to traditional microscopic techniques like atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It is demonstrated that proton wide-line solid-state NMR relaxometry is a useful and innovative tool to study the phase morphology of blends used in semiconducting polymer based PV devices. Attention is focused on the influence of the blend composition and casting conditions on the resulting phase morphology. Two different casting techniques, i.e. spincoating and Doctor Blading, were compared. To demonstrate the applicability of NMR relaxometry in this field, MDMO-PPV/PCBM blends where used, since these are known for their significant phase separation behavior in combination with toluene as solvent. In films prepared from blends in toluene with a PCBM content >= 70 wt %, a fraction of the PCBM is phase separated into crystalline domains, whereas the remaining part remains homogeneously mixed with the MDMO-PPV. (c) 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Notes: Hasselt Univ, Mat Res Inst, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. IMEC VZW, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium.Adriaensens, P, Hasselt Univ, Mat Res Inst, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.peter.adriaensens@uhasselt.be jan.gelan@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/7844
DOI: 10.1002/pola.22365
ISI #: 000251980900015
ISSN: 0887-624X
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2009
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