Electron transfer kinetics of phosphonic acid functionalized zinc phthalocyanine monolayers on ITO by potential modulated attenuated total reflectance

Hsiao Chu Lin, Nathan W. Polaske, Dominic V. McGrath, S. Scott Saavedra

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Abstract

Phthlocyanines are candidate building blocks for organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. Crucial to the performance of OPV devices is the charge-injection barrier between the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode and the organic semiconductor that arises from poor wettability of ITO surface towards the organic layer. Phosphonic acid (PA)-linked Pcs are an excellent candidate in this context because of the strong affinity of PAs towards ITO. Here monolayer films of zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc-PA), tethered to ITO via the PA moiety, were characterized by polarized attenuated total reflectance (ATR) spectroscopy. The monomeric form of ZnPc-PA exhibit a more flat orientation, whereas the aggregated form of ZnPc-PA is oriented in a more upright arrangement. The electron transfer rate constants across the monolayer-ITO interface are measured using potential modulated attenuated total reflectance (PM-ATR) in TE and TM polarizations. This allows rate constants to be determined for sub-populations of molecules that are oriented predominately in-plane (monomers) and out-of-plane (aggregates), respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 28 2011Sep 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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