Title

Predicting organic thin-film transistor carrier type from single molecule calculations

Document Type

Journal Article

Role

author

Standard Number

2210-271X

Journal Title

Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

Volume

966

Issue

1-3

First Page

70

Last Page

74

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

The hole- or electron-conducting ability of functionalized acene-derivative organic molecular semiconductor thin-films can be predicted by electrochemical measurements of the frontier molecular orbital energies. We find that PM6 calculations using a Conductor-like Polarizable Continuum Model (CPCM) solvent are in complete qualitative agreement with the electrochemical results, and B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p)//B3LYP/6-31G(d) CPCM calculations are in quantitative agreement with the electrochemical results, given a suitable linear scaling function presented in this paper. These calculated electrochemical results can thus be used to predict the charge-carrier type of the resulting thin-film organic semiconductor device, enabling rapid computational screening of new materials. We also examine the role of internal reorganization energy and dielectric medium shifts to modify carrier conduction. Neither effect is large enough to explain the experimental results, demonstrating the importance of the relative orientations and packing of the molecules in the thin-film. --author-supplied description

Faculty Start Year

2008

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