Research ArticleCOMPUTER MODELING

Energy-level alignment at organic heterointerfaces

Science Advances  27 Nov 2015:
Vol. 1, no. 10, e1501127
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501127

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Abstract

Today’s champion organic (opto-)electronic devices comprise an ever-increasing number of different organic-semiconductor layers. The functionality of these complex heterostructures largely derives from the relative alignment of the frontier molecular-orbital energies in each layer with respect to those in all others. Despite the technological relevance of the energy-level alignment at organic heterointerfaces, and despite continued scientific interest, a reliable model that can quantitatively predict the full range of phenomena observed at such interfaces is notably absent. We identify the limitations of previous attempts to formulate such a model and highlight inconsistencies in the interpretation of the experimental data they were based on. We then develop a theoretical framework, which we demonstrate to accurately reproduce experiment. Applying this theory, a comprehensive overview of all possible energy-level alignment scenarios that can be encountered at organic heterojunctions is finally given. These results will help focus future efforts on developing functional organic interfaces for superior device performance.

Keywords
  • organic electronics
  • energy-level alignment
  • organic heterointerfaces
  • semi-clasical modeling

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