Theoretical Investigation of Charge Separation and Recombination in PCBM/PCPDTBT Interface
Motomichi TASHIRO a, Michio Katouda b, Yutaka Imamura c
a Toyo university, Department of Applied Chemistry, Kujirai 2100, Kawagoe 350-8585, Japan
b RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, Minatojima-minami-machi 7-1-26, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
Asia-Pacific International Conference on Perovskite, Organic Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics
Proceedings of International Conference Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (AP-HOPV17)
Yokohama-shi, Japan, 2017 February 2nd - 4th
Organizers: Tsutomu Miyasaka and Iván Mora-Seró
Poster, Motomichi TASHIRO, 028
Publication date: 7th November 2016

In optical photovoltaics, properties of donor-acceptor interface play an important role in its functionality. Regarding this point, cychlopentadithiophene-benzothiadiazole copolymer (PCPDTBT) has interesting experimental characteristics: when it has 2-ethylhexyl (EH) side chain, “face-on” configuration is dominant, while “edge-on” configurations are prevailing for n-dodecyl (C12) and n-hexadecanyl (C16) side chains. Saeki and co-workers in Osaka Univ. measured charge separation and recombination efficiencies on PCBM/PCPDTBT(EH, C12, C16) interfaces using time-resolved microwave conductivity method, and found that charge separation and recombination are faster in PCPDTBT-EH, compared to those in C12 and C16 cases. In order to understand this experimental result, we performed molecular dynamics simulation on PCBM/PCPDTBT interface as well as quantum chemistry calculation to obtain charge separation and recombination rates between PCBM and PCPDTBT monomers in various relative configurations. Our calculations suggest that donor-acceptor distances at “face-on” configuration are generally smaller than those at “edge-on” configuration, and this difference results in difference of charge separation and recombination rates.

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