(AGENPARL) – LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM), mar 15 settembre 2020
Ensuring high performance in polymer devices requires conjugated polymers with interchain π–π stacking interactions via van der Waals forces, which can induce structural changes in the polymer thin film. Here, we present a systematic study of using simple localized UV irradiation to overcome the low crystallinity and poor charge carrier transport in dip-coated poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) thin films, which are consequences of the limited selection of solvents compatible with the dip-coating process. UV irradiation for only a few minutes effectively promoted P3HT chain self-assembly and association in the solution state. Brief UV irradiation of a P3HT solution led to well-ordered molecular structures in the resultant P3HT films dip-coated using a low boiling point solvent with rapid solvent evaporation. In addition, the position at which UV light was irradiated on the dip-coating solutions was varied, and the effects of the irradiation position and time on the crystallinity and electrical properties of the resultant P3HT thin films were investigated.
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