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Title: Investigation of the effects of substrate annealing on the properties of polymer blends
Authors: Motaung, DE
Malgas, GF
Arendse, CJ
Malwela, T
Keywords: Poly(-3-hexylthiophene)
Fullerenes
Substrate annealing
Morphology
Polymer blends
Material chemistry
Physics
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Motaung, DE, Malgas, GF, Arendse, CJ and Malwela, T. 2010. Investigation of the effects of substrate annealing on the properties of polymer blends. Materials chemistry and physics, Vol. 124, pp 208–216
Series/Report no.: Journal Article;
Abstract: The authors investigate the effect of substrate annealing prior to the deposition of the active layer on the morphological, structural and opto-electrical properties of two variations of organic polymer blends of poly (3-hexylthiophene):C60 fullerene and poly (3-exylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl C6 butyric acid methyl ester films using atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning microscopy, x-ray diffraction and Hall effect measurements. P3HT films deposited on pre-annealed substrates exhibit an enhancement in the crystallization, and an increase in the electrical conductivity and Hall mobility of ptype P3HT. The microscopic morphology reveals self-assembled fibrillar structures due to the suppressed growth of fullerenes clusters induced by the controlled evaporation rate of the solvent. It is proposed that pre-substrate annealing controls the crystallization of P3HT, the phase separation and diffusion of the acceptor material (C60 or PCBM)
Description: Copyright:2010 Elsevier Publishers. This is a post print of the work. The definitive version is published in Material chemistry and physics, Vol.124 (2010), pp 208-216
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_imagekey=B6TX4-50G5GY3-2-K&_cdi=5580&_user=958262&_pii=S0254058410004803&_origin=search&_coverDate=11/01/2010&_sk=998759998&view=c&wchp=dGLzVzz-zSkzk&md5=27411a2808239e5a01e4e4236e7625e5&ie=/sdarticle.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/4832
ISSN: 0254-0584
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Nanotechnology
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