Charge Carrier Dynamics of Polymer: Fullerene Blends: From Geminate to Non-Geminate Recombination

Dimali Vithanage, Ergang Wang, Zhongqiang Wang, Fei Ma, Olle Inganas, Mats R. Andersson, Arkady Yartsev, Villy Sundstrom, Torbjorn Pascher

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    Abstract

    The charge carrier dynamics of a new polymer-fullerene blend are examined on the femtosecond to the millisecond time scale. The full time range is globally fitted using a chemical reaction rate model that includes all key processes, charge generation, energy transfer, charge separation, and recombination, over the full 12 orders of magnitude in time and a factor of 33 in light intensity. Particular attention is paid to the charge recombination processes and it is found that they are highly material specific. Comparison of the dynamics to those of a previously studied polymer:fullerene blend reveals that while for one blend the recombination dynamics are mainly controlled by geminate recombination, the charge recombination in the presently studied polymer:fullerene blend are entirely controlled by non-geminate electron-hole recombination. Carrier density dependence of the non-geminate recombination rate is analyzed and a correlated disorder model of site energies is proposed to explain the observed dependency. The dynamics of a new polymer-fullerene blend are globally fitted using a chemical reaction rate model over 12 orders of magnitude in time and a factor of 33 in light intensity. The charge recombination is non-geminate and a correlated disorder model of site energies is proposed to explain the observed dependency.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1301706
    Pages (from-to)Art: 1301706
    Number of pages9
    JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
    Volume4
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Vithanage, D., Wang, E., Wang, Z., Ma, F., Inganas, O., Andersson, M. R., Yartsev, A., Sundstrom, V., & Pascher, T. (2014). Charge Carrier Dynamics of Polymer: Fullerene Blends: From Geminate to Non-Geminate Recombination. Advanced Energy Materials, 4(8), Art: 1301706. [1301706]. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201301706