Chemistry Fall Seminar: Excitons and Polarons in Organic Materials
Friday, September 29, 2023
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Join us this Friday, September 29th
for Drexel Chemistry's first seminar of the Fall! Guest lecturer Dr. Frank Spano
will be visiting from Temple University's Department of Chemistry.
Can't make it? Join us on Zoom!
Excitons and polarons play a critical role in the electronic and optical properties of aggregates, thin films and crystals of p-conjugated molecules and polymers. In such systems neutral excitations (excitons) and charged excitations (polarons) are coupled strongly to nuclear degrees of freedom involving the symmetric vinyl-stretching mode (i.e. the aromatic-quinoidal vibration when conjugated rings are present). In this talk the photophysical properties of excitons and polarons in organic materials are compared and contrasted within the framework of the Holstein Hamiltonian, which treats electronic coupling and local electron-vibrational coupling on equal footing.1 Applications are made to excitons and positively-changed polarons (holes) in poly(3-hexylthiophene) films.2, 3 It is shown how simple optical probes can be used to extract the exciton and polaron coherence lengths, quantities which are important for understanding energy and charge transport.
Dr. Frank Ji