The Growth of Photoactive Porphyrin-Based MOF Thin Films Using the Liquid-Phase Epitaxy Approach and their Optoelectronic Properties.

Guy Olivier Ngongang Ndjawa, Mohamed R Tchalala, Osama Shekhah, Jafar Iqbal Khan, Ahmed E Mansour, Justyna Czaban-Jozwiak, Lukasz Jan Weselinski, Hassan Ait Ahsaine, Aram Amassian, Mohamed Eddaoudi

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Abstract

This study reports on the optoelectronic properties of porphyrin-based metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films fabricated by a facile liquid-phase epitaxy approach. This approach affords the growth of MOF thin films that are free of morphological imperfections, more suitable for optoelectronic applications. Chemical modifications such as the porphyrin ligand metallation have been found to preserve the morphology of the grown films making this approach particularly suitable for molecular alteration of MOF thin film optoelectronic properties without compromising its mesoscale morphology significantly. Particularly, the metallation of the ligand was found to be effective to tune the MOF bandgap. These porphyrin-based MOF thin films were shown to function effectively as donor layers in solar cells based on a Fullerene-C60 acceptor. The ability to fabricate MOF solar cells free of a liquid-phase acceptor greatly simplifies device fabrication and enables pairing of MOFs as light absorbers with a wide range of acceptors including non-fullerene acceptors.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2457
JournalMaterials (Basel, Switzerland)
Volume12
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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