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Charge carrier mobility in conjugated organic polymers: simulation of an electron mobility in a carbazole-benzothiadiazole-based polymer
Author(s): Yaping Li; Jolanta B. Lagowski
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Paper Abstract

Inorganic (mostly silicon based) solar cells are important devices that are used to solve the world energy and environmental needs. Now days, organic solar cells are attracting considerable attention in the field of photovoltaic cells because of their low cost and processing flexibility. Often conjugated polymers are used in the construction of the organic solar cells. We study the conjugated polymers' charge transport using computational approach that involves the use of the density functional theory (DFT), semiempirical (ZINDO), and Monte Carlo (MC) theoretical methods in order to determine their transfer integrals, reorganization energies, transfer rates (with the use of Marcus-Hush equation) and mobilities. We employ the experimentally determined three dimensional (3D) structure of poly(9,9'-di-n-octylfluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) to estimate the electron mobility in a similar co-alternating polymer consisting of carbazole and benzothiadiazole units (C8BT). In agreement with our previous work, we found that including an orientational disorder in the crystal reduces the electron mobility in C8BT. We hope that the proposed computational approach can be used to predict charge mobility in organic materials that are used in solar cells.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8007, Photonics North 2011, 80071Z (8 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.905452
Show Author Affiliations
Yaping Li, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland (Canada)
Jolanta B. Lagowski, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8007:
Photonics North 2011
Raman Kashyap; Michel Têtu; Rafael N. Kleiman, Editor(s)

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