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Relation Between Charge Transport and the Number of Interconnected Lamellar Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) Crystals

Wang, Binghua; Chen, Jingbo; Shen, Changyu; Reiter, Günter; Zhang, Bin

By 27 January 2020No Comments

Macromolecules, 2019, vol 52, 16, pp. 6088-6096



We have investigated the lateral charge transport in a multilamellar network of crystalline structures of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) embedded in a matrix of small crystallites and amorphous polymers resulting from crystallization at temperatures close to the melting point. Removing the matrix by an appropriate washing process allowed us to observe a power-law increase of the maximum current (Imax) passing from the conductive tip across the polymer crystalline structure into the substrate with increasing number (N) of interconnected edge-on lamellae: Imax ? N 2/3. Varying isothermal crystallization temperature and crystallization time allowed to tune the morphological structure and to increase charge transport through the network of lamellar crystals by up to a factor of twenty. Our results suggest that the efficiency of charge transport can be increased by the cumulative contributions of a large number of interconnected crystalline lamellae, indicating a potential pathway for improving the performance of various organic electronics devices and related applications.

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