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Modulation of charge transfer exciton dynamics in organic semiconductors using different structural arrangements
Cristian Soncini, Abhishek Kumar, Federica Bondino, Elena Magnano, Matija Stupar, Barbara Ressel, Giovanni De Ninno, Antonis Papadopoulos, Efthymis Serpetzoglou, Emmanuel Stratakis, Maddalena Pedio, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: In devices based on organic semiconductors, aggregation and inter-molecular interactions play a key role in affecting the photo-physical and dynamical carrier properties of the material, potentially becoming a limiting factor to achieving high efficiency. As a consequence, a detailed understanding of the interplay between the film molecular structure and the material properties is essential to properly design devices with optimized performance. Here we demonstrate how different molecular structural arrangements modulate the charge transfer (CT) dynamics in cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) thin films. By transient absorption spectroscopy and time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we study the influence of different CoPc structures on the dynamical electronic properties, the CoPc intra and inter- molecular de-excitation pathways up to 7 ns. We rationalize the ultrafast formation of triplet states in the CoPc through an electron exchange process between the single-occupied Co3dz2 orbital and p orbitals of the macrocycle, which obviate for an energetically unfavourable spin-flip. We found enhanced CT exciton lifetime in the case of the herringbone structure with respect to the brickwork one, possibly explainable by a more efficient CT exciton delocalization along the stacking axis.
Keywords: charge transfer, organic molecules, time resolved spectroscopies
Published in RUNG: 30.06.2023; Views: 1493; Downloads: 5
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Atomic layer deposition for the photoelectrochemical applications
Nadiia Pastukhova, Andraž Mavrič, Yanbo Li, 2021, review article

Abstract: Substantial progress has been made in the photoelectrochemical (PEC) field to understand the photoelectrode behavior, semiconductor‐electrolyte interface, and photocorrosion, enabling new photoelectrode architectures with higher photocurrent, reduced photovoltage losses, and longer lifetime. Nevertheless, for practical PEC applications additional efforts are still needed to optimize all components of the photoelectrodes, including the light absorbing semiconductors, the layers for charge extraction, charge transfer, corrosion protection, and catalysis. In this regard, atomic layer deposition (ALD) offers new opportunities due to the monolayer‐by‐monolayer deposition approach, allowing preparation of conformal films with precisely controlled thickness and composition. As the ALD instruments are becoming widely accessible, this review aims to make an overview of the applications for photoelectrodes fabrication. The deposition of semiconductors onto flat and nano‐textured substrates, the deposition of ultrathin interlayers to ease charge transport by energy band alignment and surface states passivation, the deposition of corrosion protection layers, and finally, the possibilities for high catalyst dispersion is presented.
Keywords: atomic layer deposition, charge recombination, charge transfer, photocorrosion, photoelectrochemical water splitting
Published in RUNG: 25.02.2021; Views: 2583; Downloads: 139
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