Quantifying the extent of contact doping at the interface between high work function electrical contacts and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)

R. Clayton Shallcross, Tobias Stubhan, Erin L Ratcliff, Antoine Kahn, Christoph J. Brabec, Neal R Armstrong

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Abstract

We demonstrate new approaches to the characterization of oxidized regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) that results from electronic equilibration with device-relevant high work function electrical contacts using high-resolution X-ray (XPS) and ultraviolet (UPS) photoelectron spectroscopy (PES). Careful interpretation of photoemission signals from thiophene sulfur atoms in thin (ca. 20 nm or less) P3HT films provides the ability to uniquely elucidate the products of charge transfer between the polymer and the electrical contact, which is a result of Fermi-level equilibration between the two materials. By comparing high-resolution S 2p core-level spectra to electrochemically oxidized P3HT standards, the extent of the contact doping reaction is quantified, where one in every six thiophene units (ca. 20%) in the first monolayer is oxidized. Finally, angle-resolved XPS of both pure P3HT and its blends with phenyl-C<inf>61</inf>-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) confirms that oxidized P3HT species exist near contacts with work functions greater than ca. 4 eV, providing a means to characterize the interface and "bulk" region of the organic semiconductor in a single film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1303-1309
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume6
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 16 2015

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Thiophene
thiophenes
electric contacts
X ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Doping (additives)
Semiconducting organic compounds
Butyric acid
Core levels
butyric acid
high resolution
ultraviolet spectroscopy
organic semiconductors
Photoemission
Photoelectron spectroscopy
Thiophenes
Fermi level
Charge transfer
esters
Monolayers
Esters

Keywords

  • band bending
  • contact doping
  • electrochemistry
  • P3HT
  • photoelectron spectroscopy

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  • Materials Science(all)

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Quantifying the extent of contact doping at the interface between high work function electrical contacts and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). / Shallcross, R. Clayton; Stubhan, Tobias; Ratcliff, Erin L; Kahn, Antoine; Brabec, Christoph J.; Armstrong, Neal R.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol. 6, No. 8, 16.04.2015, p. 1303-1309.

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