Impact of fullerene molecular weight on P3HT:PCBM microstructure studied using organic thin-film transistors

John G. Labram, James Kirkpatrick, Donal D.C. Bradley, Thomas D. Anthopoulos

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Abstract

The clustering and diffusion of C 71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC 71BM) in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) has been studied using single layer blend and bilayer organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and by atomic force microscopy (AFM). P3HT:PC 71BM blend based OFETs were found to undergo phase-segregation upon annealing, which was detectable as a fall in electron mobility with increasing annealing temperature. By employing carefully designed bilayer P3HT:PC 71BM OFETs, the diffusion-properties of PC 71BM in P3HT could additionally be inferred from electron mobility measurements. It was found that the prerequisite annealing temperatures for detectable PC 71BM clustering and diffusion in P3HT was approximately 20°C higher than for PC 61BM. The diffusion coefficient of PC 61BM in P3HT was found to be several times higher that that of PC 71BM. The present work provides unique insights into the diffusion process of fullerenes in conjugated polymers and could prove highly valuable for future materials development and device optimization. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume1
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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