Interfacial morphology and photoelectrochemistry of conjugated polyelectrolytes adsorbed on single crystal TiO2.

Abstract

The nanoscale morphology and photoactivity of conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) deposited from different solvents onto single crystal TiO(2) were investigated with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and photocurrent spectroscopy. CPE surface coverages on TiO(2) could be incremenentally increased by adsorbing the CPEs from static solutions. The solvents used for polymer adsorption influenced the surface morpohology of the CPEs on the TiO(2) surface. Photocurrent spectroscopy measurements in aqueous electrolytes, using iodide as a hole scavenger, revealed that the magnitude of the sensitized photocurrents was related to the surface coverages and the degree of aggregation of the CPEs as determined by AFM imaging. Absorbed photon-to-current efficiencies approaching 50% were measured for CPE layers as thick as 4 nm on TiO(2). These results suggest that precise control of CPE morphology at the TiO(2) interface can be achieved through optimization of the deposition conditions to improve the power conversion efficiencies of polymer-sensitized solar cells.

DOI: 10.1021/la201837v

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@article{Sambur2011InterfacialMA, title={Interfacial morphology and photoelectrochemistry of conjugated polyelectrolytes adsorbed on single crystal TiO2.}, author={Justin B Sambur and Christopher M Averill and Colin P Bradley and Jennifer D Schuttlefield and Seoung Ho Lee and John R. Reynolds and Kirk S Schanze and Bruce A Parkinson}, journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids}, year={2011}, volume={27 19}, pages={11906-16} }