378241 Understanding the Effects of Physical and Chemical Features of Additives on the Morphology of Blends of Conjugated Polymers and Fullerene Derivatives Using Molecular Simulations

Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 5:00 PM
International 10 (Marriott Marquis Atlanta)
Arthi Jayaraman, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO and Hilary S. Marsh, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

The morphology of blends of conjugated polymers (electron donors) and fullerene derivative molecules (electron acceptors) strongly affects the efficiency of organic solar cells. Recently, minority component solvent additives such as diiodooctane (DIO) and chloronapthalene  (CN) have been used in acceptor-donor blends to alter blend morphology and to significantly improve device efficiency. In this work we present coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of conjugated polymer and fullerene derivative blends with additives of varying length, chemical functionalization, and volume fraction to understand how these additives affect morphology and to elucidate what physical and chemical features of solvent additives are important for tuning morphology.

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