Double positive charges on an isolated conjugated chain: do they remain together forming a single bipolaron (2 +) entity (shown in picture) stabilized by strong geometry distortion even in the absence of a counterion or do they repel, yielding two separate polarons (+)? The balance is subtle. Our correlated ab initio and semiempirical calculations show that in oligothiophenes a polaron pair is preferred, for chains containing seven or eight rings and longer.
- Ab initio calculations
- Radical ions
- Semiempirical calculations
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry