Nanostructure of organic semiconductor thin films: Molecular dynamics modeling with solvent evaporation

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We present a procedure for simulating solution deposition of organic thin-films on explicitly modeled substrates via solvent evaporation simulations in a molecular dynamics framework. Additionally, we have developed force fields for the family of IDTBR nonfullerene acceptors, which have been widely employed in the literature as n-type materials in several types of organic semiconductor devices, and we analyzed their structure-property relationships using a combination of grazing incidence x-ray scattering measurements, atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, and quantum chemical calculations.We find that thermal fluctuations can have a significant impact on calculated electron transfer integrals, and that the π-stacking interactions of the electron withdrawing benzothiadiazole building blocks are key to high electron coupling in amorphous thin films of n-type materials.
Original languageEnglish
Article number075405
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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