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Imaging the bulk nanoscale morphology of organic solar cell blends using helium ion microscopy

Imaging the bulk nanoscale morphology of organic solar cell blends using helium ion microscopy
Imaging the bulk nanoscale morphology of organic solar cell blends using helium ion microscopy
We use helium ion microscopy (HeIM) to image the nanostructure of poly(3-hexylthiophene)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butric acid methyl ester (P3HT/PCBM) blend thin-films. Specifically, we study a blend thin-film subject to a thermal anneal at 140 °C and use a plasma-etching technique to gain access to the bulk of the blend thin-films. We observe a domain structure within the bulk of the film that is not apparent at the film-surface and tentatively identify a network of slightly elongated PCBM domains having a spatial periodicity of (20 ± 4) nm a length of (12 ± 8) nm
1530-6984
4275-4281
Pearson, Andrew J.
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Boden, Stuart Andrew
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Bagnall, Darren M.
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Lidzey, David G.
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Rodenburg, Cornelia
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Pearson, Andrew J.
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Boden, Stuart Andrew
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Bagnall, Darren M.
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Lidzey, David G.
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Pearson, Andrew J., Boden, Stuart Andrew, Bagnall, Darren M., Lidzey, David G. and Rodenburg, Cornelia (2011) Imaging the bulk nanoscale morphology of organic solar cell blends using helium ion microscopy. Nano Letters, 11 (10), 4275-4281. (doi:10.1021/nl202269n).

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Abstract

We use helium ion microscopy (HeIM) to image the nanostructure of poly(3-hexylthiophene)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butric acid methyl ester (P3HT/PCBM) blend thin-films. Specifically, we study a blend thin-film subject to a thermal anneal at 140 °C and use a plasma-etching technique to gain access to the bulk of the blend thin-films. We observe a domain structure within the bulk of the film that is not apparent at the film-surface and tentatively identify a network of slightly elongated PCBM domains having a spatial periodicity of (20 ± 4) nm a length of (12 ± 8) nm

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Published date: 16 September 2011
Organisations: Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

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Local EPrints ID: 343156
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343156
ISSN: 1530-6984
PURE UUID: 0247240c-c143-4e52-b089-6ee1325839ef
ORCID for Stuart Andrew Boden: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4232-1828

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Date deposited: 26 Sep 2012 12:12
Last modified: 07 Aug 2019 00:42

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