Journal Article Molecular design of near-IR dyes with different surface energy for selective loading to the heterojunction in blend films.

Xu, Huajun  ,  Wada, Takaaki  ,  Ohkita, Hideo  ,  Benten, Hiroaki  ,  Ito, Shinzaburo

52015-03-20 , Nature Publishing Group
We have synthesized three silicon phthalocyanine dyes with different hydrophobic substituents in order to control surface energy in the solid state, aiming at selective loading of the dyes into blend films of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and polystyrene (PS). These three dyes are differently located at P3HT domains, at P3HT/PS interface, and at PS domains, respectively, which are fully consistent with the locations predicted by the wetting coefficient derived from the surface energy of each material.

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