Fullerene nanowires as a versatile platform for organic electronics

Yuta Maeyoshi, Akinori Saeki, Shotaro Suwa, Masaaki Omichi, Hiromi Marui, Atsushi Asano, Satoshi Tsukuda, Masaki Sugimoto, Akihiro Kishimura, Kazunori Kataoka, Shu Seki

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Abstract

The development of organic semiconducting nanowires that act as charge carrier transport pathways in flexible and lightweight nanoelectronics is a major scientific challenge. We report on the fabrication of fullerene nanowires that is universally applicable to its derivatives (pristine C 60, methanofullerenes of C 61 and C 71, and indene C 60 bis-adduct), realized by the single particle nanofabrication technique (SPNT). Nanowires with radii of 811 nmwere formed via a chain polymerization reaction induced by a high-energy ion beam. Fabrication of a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT): [6,6]-phenyl C 61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC 61BM) bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic cell including PC 61BM nanowires with precisely-controlled length and density demonstrates how application of this methodology can improve the power conversion efficiency of these inverted cells. The proposed technique provides a versatile platform for the fabrication of continuous and uniform n-type fullerene nanowires towards a wide range of organic electronics applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number600
JournalScientific reports
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Maeyoshi, Y., Saeki, A., Suwa, S., Omichi, M., Marui, H., Asano, A., Tsukuda, S., Sugimoto, M., Kishimura, A., Kataoka, K., & Seki, S. (2012). Fullerene nanowires as a versatile platform for organic electronics. Scientific reports, 2, [600]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep00600