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Energy Level Shifts in Spiro-OMeTAD Molecular Thin Films When Adding Li-TFSI
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Molecular and condensed matter physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Physical Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Physical Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Molecular and condensed matter physics.
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2012 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 116, no 50, 26300-26305 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) has been used to study the effects of adding Li-TFSI to hole conducting molecular thin films of 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N'-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD). The work shows that a procedure of mixing a Li-TFSI solution into a spiro-OMeTAD solution, and subsequent spin-coating this mixture into a solid thin film causes the Fermi level of the molecular film to move closer to the HOMO level. Hence, adding the Li-TFSI gives similar effects to spiro-OMeTAD as a p-dopant. Specific effects from doping on the valence levels were also characterized. Absorbance measurements also showed that the spiro-OMeTAD film was partially oxidized when Li-TFSI was added before spin-coating. By varying the photon energy in the photoelectron spectroscopy measurements, the probe depth varies between being surface sensitive (<1 nm) and bulk sensitive (inelastic mean free path >= 10 nm). This property was used to follow differences in the composition at different depth of the spiro-OMeTAD/Li-TFSI film. It could be concluded that there was a concentration gradient in the molecular film and that the concentration of Li-TFSI was dominating at the interface between the spiro-OMeTAD/Li-TFSI film and vacuum.

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2012. Vol. 116, no 50, 26300-26305 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220596DOI: 10.1021/jp306433gOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220596DiVA: diva2:705732
Available from: 2014-03-17 Created: 2014-03-17 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Electronic Structures and Energy Level Alignment in Mesoscopic Solar Cells: A Hard and Soft X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Electronic Structures and Energy Level Alignment in Mesoscopic Solar Cells: A Hard and Soft X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Photoelectron spectroscopy is an experimental method to study the electronic structure in matter. In this thesis, a combination of soft and hard X-ray based photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to obtain atomic level understanding of electronic structures and energy level alignments in mesoscopic solar cells. The thesis describes how the method can be varied between being surface and bulk sensitive and how to follow the structure linked to particular elements. The results were discussed with respect to the material function in mesoscopic solar cell configurations.

The heart of a solar cell is the charge separation of photoexcited electrons and holes, and in a mesoscopic solar cell, this occurs at interfaces between different materials. Understanding the energy level alignment between the materials is important for developing the function of the device. In this work, it is shown that photoelectron spectroscopy can be used to experimentally follow the energy level alignment at interfaces such as TiO2/metal sulfide/polymer, as well as TiO2/perovskite.

The electronic structures of two perovskite materials, CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3 were characterized by photoelectron spectroscopy and the results were discussed with support from quantum chemical calculations. The outermost levels consisted mainly of lead and halide orbitals and due to a relatively higher cross section for heavier elements, hard X-ray excitation was shown useful to study the position as well as the orbital character of the valence band edge.

Modifications of the energy level positions can be followed by core level shifts. Such studies showed that a commonly used additive in mesoscopic solar cells, Li-TFSI, affected molecular hole conductors in the same way as a p-dopant. A more controlled doping can also be achieved by redox active dopants such as Co(+III) complexes and can be studied quantitatively with photoelectron spectroscopy methods.

Hard X-rays allow studies of hidden interfaces, which were used to follow the oxidation of Ti in stacks of thin films for conducting glass. By the use of soft X-rays, the interface structure and bonding of dye molecules to mesoporous TiO2 or ZnO could be studied in detail. A combination of the two methods can be used to obtain a depth profiling of the sample. 

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014. 87 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1135
Keyword
Photoelectron spectroscopy, HAXPES, PES, XPS, electronic structure, energy level alignment, mesoscopic solar cell, hole conductor, perovskite, dye-sensitized, semiconductor-sensitized, TiO2, ZnO, spiro-OMeTAD, P3HT, DEH, metal sulfide, Li-TFSI, Co(+III) complex
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221450 (URN)978-91-554-8921-2 (ISBN)
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2014-05-23, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2014-04-29 Created: 2014-03-31 Last updated: 2014-06-30

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