In semicrystalline conjugated polymer thin films, the mobility of charges depends on the arrangement of the individual polymer chains. In particular, the ordering of the polymer backbones affects the charge transport within the film, as electron transfer generally occurs along the backbones with alternating single and double bonds. In this paper, we demonstrate that polymer ordering should be discussed not only in terms of structural but also energetic ordering of polymer chains. We couple data from molecular dynamics simulations and quantum chemical calculations to quantify both structural and energetic ordering of polymer chains. We leverage a graph-based representation of the polymer chains to quantify the transport pathways in a computationally efficient way. Next, we formulate the morphological descriptors that correlate well with hole mobility determined using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. We show that the shortest and fastest path calculations are predictive of mobility in equilibrated morphologies. In this sense, we leverage graph-based descriptors to provide a basis for the quantitative structure property relationships.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1039/c8me00028j
Van, Ellen; Jones, Matthew; Jankowski, Eric; and Wodo, Olga. (2018). "Using Graphs to Quantify Energetic and Structural Order in Semicrystalline Oligothiophene Thin Films". Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 3(5), 853-867.