Understanding and controlling organic - Inorganic interfaces in mesostructured hybrid photovoltaic materials

S. Neyshtadt, J. P. Jahnke, R. J. Messinger, A. Rawal, T. Segal Peretz, D. Huppert, B. F. Chmelka, G. L. Frey

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The chemical compositions and structures of organic - inorganic interfaces in mesostructurally ordered conjugated polymer-titania nanocomposites are shown to have a predominant influence on their photovoltaic properties. Such interfaces can be controlled by using surfactant structure-directing agents (SDAs) with different architectures and molecular weights to promote contact between the highly hydrophobic electron-donating conjugated polymer species and hydrophilic electron-accepting titania frameworks. A combination of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), sc nning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), and solid-state NMR spectroscopy yields insights on the compositions, structures, and distributions of inorganic and organic species within the materials over multiple length scales. Two-dimensional NMR analyses establish the molecular-level interactions between the different SDA blocks, the conjugated polymer, and the titania framework, which are correlated with steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements of the photoexcitation dynamics of the conjugated polymer and macroscopic photocurrent generation in photovoltaic devices. Molecular understanding of the compositions and chemical interactions at organic - inorganic interfaces are shown to enable the design, synthesis, and control of the photovoltaic properties of hybrid functional materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10119-10133
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number26
StatePublished - 6 Jul 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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