Effects of Oriented Surface Dipole on Photoconversion Efficiency in an Alkane/Lipid-Hybrid-Bilayer-Based Photovoltaic Model System

Type
Article

Authors
Liu, Lixia
Xie, Hong
Bostic, Heidi E.
Jin, Limei
Best, Michael D.
Zhang, X. Peter
Zhan, Wei

KAUST Grant Number
FIC/2010/06

Online Publication Date
2013-06-21

Print Publication Date
2013-08-26

Date
2013-06-21

Abstract
When a phospholipid monolayer containing a zinc-coordinated porphyrin species formed atop a self-assembled monolayer of heptadecafluoro-1-decanethiol (CF3(CF2)7(CH2)2SH) is subjected to photoelectrochemical current generation, a significant modulation effect is observed. Compared with devices that contain similar photoactive lipid monolayers but formed on 1-dodecanethiol SAMs, these fluorinated hybrid bilayers produce a >60 % increase in cathodic currents and a similar decrease in anodic currents. Photovoltages recorded from these hybrid bilayers are found to vary in the same fashion. The modulation of photovoltaic responses in these hybrid-bilayer-based devices is explained by the opposite surface dipoles associated with the thiols employed in this study, which in one case (fluorothiol) increase and in another (alkanethiol) decrease the work function of the underlying gold substrates. A similar trend of photovoltage/photocurrent modulation is also observed if fullerene is used as the photoagent in these devices. Our results reveal the intricacy of orientated surface dipole in influencing the photovoltaic processes, and its subtle interplay with other factors related to the photoagents, such as their location and orientation within the organic matrix. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Citation
Liu L, Xie H, Bostic HE, Jin L, Best MD, et al. (2013) Effects of Oriented Surface Dipole on Photoconversion Efficiency in an Alkane/Lipid-Hybrid-Bilayer-Based Photovoltaic Model System. ChemPhysChem 14: 2777–2785. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cphc.201300293.

Acknowledgements
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (award No.: CHE-0951743 to W.Z., CHE-0954297 to M. D. B., and CHE-1152767 to X.P.Z.). X.P.Z. also acknowledges support from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Award FIC/2010/06). Computation in this work was carried out using facilities at the Alabama Supercomputer Center. W.Z. thanks Dr. O. Acevedo (AU) for providing software for calculation.

Publisher
Wiley

Journal
ChemPhysChem

DOI
10.1002/cphc.201300293

PubMed ID
23794419

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