Surface Functionalization with Copper Tetraaminophthalocyanine Enables Efficient Charge Transport in Indium Tin Oxide Nanocrystal Thin Films.

Author(s) Khoshkhoo, M.Samadi; Maiti, S.; Schreiber, F.; Chassé, T.; Scheele, M.
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2017 Apr 26

Macroscopic superlattices of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanocrystals (NCs) are prepared by self-assembly at the air/liquid interface followed by simultaneous ligand exchange with the organic semiconductor copper 4,4',4″,4‴-tetraaminophthalocyanine (Cu4APc). By using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), and ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectroscopy, we demonstrate that the semiconductor molecules largely replace the native surfactant from the ITO NC surface and act as cross-linkers between neighboring particles. Transport measurements reveal an increase in electrical conductance by 9 orders of magnitude, suggesting that Cu4APc provides efficient electronic coupling for neighboring ITO NCs. This material provides the opportunity to study charge and spin transport through phthalocyanine monolayers.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.7b00555
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017;9(16):1419714206.

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