Interfacial effects in thin films of polymeric semiconductors

Jonathan Rivnay, Leslie H. Jimison, Michael F. Toney, Michael Preiner, Nicholas A. Melosh, Alberto Salleo*

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The surface onto which polymeric semiconductors are cast from solution plays an important role in determining the electrical transport properties of the polymeric thin film. The authors use synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction to show that even moderate roughness (rms∼5 Å) can affect the texture of semicrystalline poly(thiophene) thin films. Moreover, the authors use a novel optical characterization technique (surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy) to characterize the appearance of electronic states in the bandgap of thin films (∼20 nm) of regioregular poly(thiophene). Such states may be due to the heterointerface between the thin Au substrate and the polymer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1454-1460
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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