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Project Acronym: Coavervate
Title: Structure and Conformation of a Crystalline P3HT Film Adsorbed on an Alkanethiol Self‐Assembled Monolayer Deposited on Gold
Affiliation: university of patras
Pi: Vlasis G. Mavrantzas
Research Field: chemical sciences and materials

Structure and Conformation of a Crystalline P3HT Film Adsorbed on an Alkanethiol Self‐Assembled Monolayer Deposited on Gold
by E. N. Skountzos, F. von Wrochem, V. G. Mavrantzas
Abstract:
Abstract All-atom molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the structural and conformational properties of a regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) crystal in the presence of a gold (Au) substrate terminated with an n-alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The employed orientation of the P3HT crystals deposited on the SAM is the edge-on, since this orientation is believed to be the most energetically favorable and stable, also yielding the highest charge carrier mobility in organic thin-film transistors. The unit cell of the overall Au/SAM interfacial layer is obtained through detailed ab initio calculations. Systems with a varying number of P3HT stacks on the Au/SAM substrate are studied with an all-atom force field in order to elucidate the effect of polymer thickness on the structural properties of the system. All final structures are found to be stable and well-equilibrated. Insights into the P3HT crystal structure are provided for the P3HT layers in direct contact with the SAM, but also for those deeper in the polymer film. According to the simulations, the majority of conformational and packing properties of the P3HT film are practically similar to those of the bulk crystalline P3HT material, implying that its structure remains unaffected by the presence of the underlying Au/SAM substrate.
Reference:
Structure and Conformation of a Crystalline P3HT Film Adsorbed on an Alkanethiol Self‐Assembled Monolayer Deposited on Gold (E. N. Skountzos, F. von Wrochem, V. G. Mavrantzas), In Macromolecular Theory and Simulations, volume 29, 2020.
Bibtex Entry:
@article{doi:10.1002-mats.202000010,
 author = {E. N. Skountzos, F. von Wrochem, V. G. Mavrantzas},
 doi = {10.1002/mats.202000010},
 url = {https://doi.org/10.1002/mats.202000010},
 year = {2020},
 bibyear = {2020},
 journal = {Macromolecular Theory and Simulations},
 volume = {29},
 number = {3},
 pages = {2000010},
 title = {Structure and Conformation of a Crystalline P3HT Film Adsorbed on an Alkanethiol Self‐Assembled Monolayer Deposited on Gold},
 abstract = {Abstract All-atom molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the structural and conformational properties of a regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) crystal in the presence of a gold (Au) substrate terminated with an n-alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The employed orientation of the P3HT crystals deposited on the SAM is the edge-on, since this orientation is believed to be the most energetically favorable and stable, also yielding the highest charge carrier mobility in organic thin-film transistors. The unit cell of the overall Au/SAM interfacial layer is obtained through detailed ab initio calculations. Systems with a varying number of P3HT stacks on the Au/SAM substrate are studied with an all-atom force field in order to elucidate the effect of polymer thickness on the structural properties of the system. All final structures are found to be stable and well-equilibrated. Insights into the P3HT crystal structure are provided for the P3HT layers in direct contact with the SAM, but also for those deeper in the polymer film. According to the simulations, the majority of conformational and packing properties of the P3HT film are practically similar to those of the bulk crystalline P3HT material, implying that its structure remains unaffected by the presence of the underlying Au/SAM substrate.},
}