Interchain interactions in π-conjugated oligomers and polymers: A primer

J. Cornil, J. Ph Calbert, D. Beljonne, R. Silbey, J. L. Brédas

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In this contribution, we review our recent quantum-chemical studies on intermolecular interactions and the way they impact the transport and optical properties of organic conjugated materials. When applied to the crystalline structures of two prototypical oligomeric materials, α-sexithienyl and α-α′-bisdithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]thiophene, our approach illustrates how the variations in chain packing lead to dramatically different optical splittings and carrier mobilities. Various strategies to prevent solid-state luminescence quenching in light-emitting devices are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Mar 15 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Optical absorption and emission spectroscopy
  • Semi-empirical models
  • Transport measurements, single crystalline thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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