Mechanisms of Ultrafast Charge Separation in a PTB7/Monolayer MoS2 van der Waals Heterojunction

Chengmei Zhong, Vinod K. Sangwan, Chen Wang, Hadallia Bergeron, Mark C. Hersam*, Emily A. Weiss

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Mixed-dimensional van der Waals heterojunctions comprising polymer and two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors have many characteristics of an ideal charge separation interface for optoelectronic and photonic applications. However, the photoelectron dynamics at polymer-2D semiconductor heterojunction interfaces are currently not sufficiently understood to guide the optimization of devices for these applications. This Letter reports a systematic exploration of the time-dependent photophysical processes that occur upon photoexcitation of a type-II heterojunction between the polymer PTB7 and monolayer MoS2. In particular, photoinduced electron transfer from PTB7 to electronically hot states of MoS2 occurs in less than 250 fs. This process is followed by a 1-5 ps exciton diffusion-limited electron transfer from PTB7 to MoS2 and a sub-3 ps photoinduced hole transfer from MoS2 to PTB7. The equilibrium between excitons and polaron pairs in PTB7 determines the charge separation yield, whereas the 3-4 ns lifetime of photogenerated carriers is probably limited by MoS2 defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2484-2491
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 17 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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