Charge Transfer Dynamics in Donor-Acceptor Complexes between a Conjugated Polymer and Fluorene Acceptors

Pavelyev, V.G. and Parashchuk, O.D. and Krompiec, M. and Orekhova, T.V. and Perepichka, I.F. and van Loosdrecht, P.H.M. and Paraschuk, D.Y. and Pshenichnikov, M.S. (2014) Charge Transfer Dynamics in Donor-Acceptor Complexes between a Conjugated Polymer and Fluorene Acceptors. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 51 (118). pp. 30291-30301. DOI: 10.1021/jp510543c

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We report on ground and excited state charge transfer in charge-transfer complexes in films formed between a semiconducting polymer, MEH-PPV (poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]), and a series of fluorene electron acceptors. The latter were designed to vary systematically the electron affinity (EA) over 1.5 eV by attachment of various electron withdrawing groups to the fluorene core. The EAs of the acceptors are determined by cyclic voltammetry and compared with those from density functional theory calculations. The charge-transfer dynamics are studied using an ultrafast visible-pumpIR-probe photoinduced absorption technique. We demonstrate that the acceptor EA is the keybut not the onlyparameter that governs charge recombination rates that scale exponentially with the acceptor EA. From the time-resolved data we deduced a model that describes charge dynamics for acceptors with low and high EAs. The two opposite trendshigher acceptor EA increases the driving force for charge separation but also inevitably increases the rate of undesirable charge recombinationshould be carefully counterbalanced in designing novel polymerfullerene bulk heterojunctions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Physical and Applied Sciences > School of Chemistry
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 03:12
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 03:14
ISSN: 1932-7447
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3523
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1021/jp510543c
Publisher: American Chemical Society
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