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Self-assembly of donor–acceptor semiconducting polymers in solution thin films: a molecular dynamics simulation study

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Abstract

The direction of π-stacking in a polymer thin film is crucially important in applications of semiconducting polymers. Two π-stacking configurations, “edge-on” and “face-on”, are most important in applications of semiconducting polymers. However, the molecular-level mechanism of how these configurations are selected is not clear. In this study, we perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the π-stacking orientations in solution thin films of the donor–acceptor (D–A) semiconducting polymer PNTz4T. Our simulation results showed that the PNTz4T polymers spontaneously π-stacked in an edge-on configuration near the air–PNTz4T/DCB solution interface. Our simulations using a model substrate surface showed that the PNTz4T alignment near the substrate surface was dependent on the substrate interaction strength, i.e., the orientation changed from edge-on to face-on with increasing substrate interaction strength. These results imply that the edge-on and face-on configurations are simply selected by the interaction energetics. We also investigated the effects of blending a fullerene derivative, PC61BM, on the π-stacking orientation of PNTz4T via MD simulations.

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The article was received on 09 Mar 2017, accepted on 18 Aug 2017 and first published on 21 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC01014A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 9602-9610
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    Self-assembly of donor–acceptor semiconducting polymers in solution thin films: a molecular dynamics simulation study

    M. Yoneya, S. Matsuoka, J. Tsutsumi and T. Hasegawa, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 9602
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC01014A

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