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  Interplay between Long-Range Crystal Order and Short-Range Molecular Interactions Tunes Carrier Mobility in Liquid Crystal Dyes

Tchamba Yimga, N., Ramanan, C., Borchert, H., Parisi, J., Untenecker, H., Kirsch, P., et al. (2017). Interplay between Long-Range Crystal Order and Short-Range Molecular Interactions Tunes Carrier Mobility in Liquid Crystal Dyes. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(7), 6228-6236. doi:10.1021/acsami.6b14715.

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Tchamba Yimga, Nadine, Author
Ramanan, Charusheela1, Author              
Borchert, Holger, Author
Parisi, Jürgen, Author
Untenecker, Harald, Author
Kirsch, Peer, Author
Von Hauff, Elizabeth, Author
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1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: dye,liquid crystal,mobility,molecular packing,organic semiconductor,thermal stability
 Abstract: We investigated the influence of molecular packing on the optical and electrical properties of the liquid crystalline dye 4,7-bis[5-(2-fluoro-4-pentyl-phenyl)-2-thienyl]-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (FPPTB). FPPTB is crystalline at room temperature, exhibits a nematic phase at temperatures above 149 °C and is in an isotropic melt at temperatures above 230 °C. Solution processed FPPTB films were subject to thermal annealing through these phase transition temper-atures and characterized with X-ray diffraction and polarized optical microscopy. Cooling FPPTB films from the nematic and isotropic phases increased crystal domain size, but also induced local structural variations in the molecular packing of crystalline FPPTB. The decrease in long-range order was correlated with an increase in short-range π−π interactions, leading to changes in molecular aggregation which persisted even when the FPPTB films were cooled to room temperature. Annealing-induced changes in molecular aggregation were confirmed with optical spectroscopy. The carrier mobility in FPPTB films increased over 2 orders of magnitude from (2.2 ± 0.4) × 10 −5 cm 2 V −1 s −1 in as-spun films to μ = (5.0 ± 0.8) × 10 −3 cm 2 V −1 s −1 in films cooled from the isotropic melt. We discuss the relationship between thermal stability and high carrier mobility values in terms of the interplay between long-range molecular order and increased π−π interactions between molecular pairs in the FPPTB film.

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 Dates: 20172017
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b14715
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Title: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  Abbreviation : ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces
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Publ. Info: Washington, DC : American Chemical Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 9 (7) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 6228 - 6236 Identifier: ISSN: 1944-8244
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1944-8244