Geminate recombination in organic photovoltaic blend PCDTBT/PC71BM studied by out-of-phase electron spin echo spectroscopy

E. A. Beletskaya, E. A. Lukina, M. N. Uvarov, A. A. Popov, L. V. Kulik

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Abstract

The key process in organic solar cell operation is charge separation under light illumination. Due to the low dielectric constant of organic materials, the Coulomb attraction energy within the interfacial charge-transfer state (CTS) is larger than the thermal energy. Understanding the mechanism of charge separation at the organic donor/acceptor interface still remains a challenge and requires knowledge of the CTS temporal evolution. To address this problem, the CTS in the benchmark photovoltaic blend PCDTBT/PC71BM was studied by the out-of-phase Electron Spin Echo (ESE). The protocol for determining the CTS geminate recombination rate for certain electron-hole distances was developed. Simulating the out-of-phase ESE trace for the CTS in the PCDTBT/PC71BM blend allows precise determination of the electron-hole distance distribution function and its evolution with the increase in the delay after the laser flash. Distances of charge separation up to 6 nm were detected upon thermalization at a temperature of 20 K. Assuming the exponential decay of the recombination rate, the attenuation factor β = 0.08 Å-1 is estimated for the PCDTBT/PC71BM blend. Such a low attenuation factor is probably caused by a high degree of hole delocalization along the PCDTBT chain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044706
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume152
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • CORRELATED RADICAL PAIRS
  • PHOTOSYNTHETIC REACTION CENTERS
  • INDUCED CHARGE SEPARATION
  • DOUBLE-QUANTUM COHERENCE
  • LONG-RANGE ELECTRON
  • DISTANCE DETERMINATION
  • P3HT/PC70BM COMPOSITE
  • PHOTOSYSTEM-I
  • DYNAMICS
  • EPR

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