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Two-Dimensional Diffusion of Excitons in a Perylene Diimide Monolayer Quenched by a Fullerene Heterojunction

Kerfoot, James; Korolkov, Vladimir V.; Svatek, Simon A.; Alkhamisi, Manal; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Parkinson, Patrick W.; Beton, Peter H.

Authors

James Kerfoot

Vladimir V. Korolkov

Simon A. Svatek

Manal Alkhamisi

Takashi Taniguchi

Kenji Watanabe

Patrick W. Parkinson

Peter H. Beton



Abstract

The structural and functional properties of organic heterojunctions play a vitally important role in the operation of organic devices, but their properties are difficult to measure directly due to the buried interfaces which are typically formed. We have grown model heterojunctions consisting of two monolayer-thick organic semiconductors, and to use these bilayers to explore the two-dimensional dynamics of excitons. The heterostructures are formed by sequential deposition of monolayers of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-diimide (PTCDI) and fullerene (C60) on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). The morphology of these bilayers was characterized using atomic force microscopy and showed clear differences in the C60 growth kinetics on hBN and PTCDI. The variation in the fluorescence of PTCDI-C60 heterostructures with increasing fullerene coverage showed a reduction in intensity consistent with exciton diffusion and quenching. We use a simple model for the intensity dependence to determine the two-dimensional exciton diffusion length in a PTCDI monolayer finding a value of 17 ± 3 nm for this parameter.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 25, 2019
Journal The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Print ISSN 1932-7447
Electronic ISSN 1932-7455
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 123
Issue 19
Pages 12249-12254
APA6 Citation Kerfoot, J., Korolkov, V. V., Svatek, S. A., Alkhamisi, M., Taniguchi, T., Watanabe, K., …Beton, P. H. (2019). Two-Dimensional Diffusion of Excitons in a Perylene Diimide Monolayer Quenched by a Fullerene Heterojunction. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123(19), 12249-12254. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01413
DOI https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01413
Keywords General Energy; Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Publisher URL https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b01413

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