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Charge transport along coiled conjugated polymer chains

Prins, Paulette and Grozema, Ferdinand C. and Galbrecht, Frank and Scherf, Ullrich and Siebbeles, Laurens D. A. (2007) Charge transport along coiled conjugated polymer chains. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 111 (29). pp. 11104-11112.

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The motion of charges on coiled polymer chains was studied using a combination of experimental and theoretical methods. The conductive properties of dilute solutions of polyfluorene and fluorene-binaphthyl copolymers were studied by the pulse-radiolysis time-resolved microwave conductivity technique. This technique enables measurement of the (high frequency, 34 GHz) mobility of charges on isolated polymer chains. The motion of positive charges on the coiled polymer chains was studied theoretically by charge transport simulations with parameters from density functional theory calculations. This combined experimental and theoretical study shows that the mobility of charges decreases with increasing degree of chain coiling. The mobility along (infinitely long) stretched polyfluorene is calculated to be as high as tens of centimeters(2)/volt center dot second. Our results imply that the performance of conjugated polymers in optoelectronic devices can be significantly improved by optimization of the organization on a molecular scale.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nano objects
Physical Science > Nanoelectronics
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:2498
Deposited By:Farnush Anwar
Deposited On:23 Dec 2008 16:35
Last Modified:09 Jan 2009 14:17

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