Solution processing of polymer semiconductor: Insulator blends-Tailored optical properties through liquid-liquid phase separation control

Christoph Hellmann, Neil D. Treat, Alberto D. Scaccabarozzi, Joseph Razzell Hollis, Franziska D. Fleischli, James H. Bannock, John de Mello, Jasper J. Michels, Ji-Seon Kim, Natalie Stingelin

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© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. It has been demonstrated that the 0-0 absorption transition of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) in blends with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) could be rationally tuned through the control of the liquid-liquid phase separation process during solution deposition. Pronounced J-like aggregation behavior, characteristic for systems of a low exciton band width, was found for blends where the most pronounced liquid-liquid phase separation occurred in solution, leading to domains of P3HT and PEO of high phase purity. Since liquid-liquid phase separation could be readily manipulated either by the solution temperature, solute concentration, or deposition temperature, to name a few parameters, our findings promise the design from the out-set of semiconductor:insulator architectures of pre-defined properties by manipulation of the interaction parameter between the solutes as well as the respective solute:solvent system using classical polymer science principles.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-310
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 17 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgements: This work was supported by a KAUST Global Collaborative Research Academic Excellence Alliance (AEA) grant. N. Stingelin is in addition supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Independent Research Fellowship under the grant agreement no. 279587. C. Hellmann highly acknowledges the experimental support of Bob C. Schroeder and Iain McCulloch. N.D. Treat acknowledges support from the NSF IRFP (OISE 1201915) and European Research Council Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship under Grand Agreement Number 300091. F. Fleischli acknowledges the grant for prospective researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundations. J. Bannock is funded under an EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Plastic Electronics (grant number EP/G037515/1) and holds an Industrial Fellowship with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. J.-S. Kim acknowledges the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (EP/G037515/1).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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