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Stepwise Structural Evolution of a DTS‑F2BT Oligomer and Influence of Structural Disorder on Organic Field Effect Transistors and Organic Photovoltaic Performance

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posted on 28.11.2016, 00:00 by Chi-Feng Huang, Sin-Hong Huang, Chou-Ting Hsieh, Yi-Hsiang Chao, Chia-Hua Li, San-Lien Wu, Yi-Fan Huang, Chen-Yang Hong, Chain-Shu Hsu, Wei-Tsung Chuang, Chien-Lung Wang
An A–D–A oligomer, DTS­(F2BT)2, was synthesized; its structural evolution was studied with DSC, POM, 2D-WAXD, and in-situ GI-XRD. The structural evolution of DTS­(F2BT)2 is stepwise and kinetically slow. Both rapid drying and the presence of PC71BM trapped DTS­(F2BT)2 in a less ordered nematic (N) phase. PDMS-assisted crystallization enabled a pristine DTS­(F2BT)2 thin film to attain a more ordered equilibrium phase, and enhanced the OFET mobility of DTS­(F2BT)2. In OPV devices, DIO additive drove the DTS­(F2BT)2 domains in the DTS­(F2BT)2:PC71BM blended film from the N phase toward the equilibrium phase, and resulted in enhanced OPV performances. These results reveal the slow ordering process of the A–D–A oligomer, and the importance of monitoring the degree of structural evolution of the active thin films in organic optoelectronics.