Freezing-in orientational disorder induces crossover from thermally-activated to temperature-independent transport in organic semiconductors

Nat Commun. 2014 Dec 3;5:5642. doi: 10.1038/ncomms6642.


The crystalline structure of organic materials dictates their physical properties, but while significant research effort is geared towards understanding structure-property relationships in such materials, the details remain unclear. Many organic crystals exhibit transitions in their electrical properties as a function of temperature. One example is the 1:1 charge-transfer complex trans--stilbene-2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane. Here we show that the mobility and resistivity of this material undergo a transition from being thermally activated at temperatures above 235 K to being temperature independent at low temperatures. On the basis of our experimental and theoretical results, we attribute this behaviour to the presence of a glass-like transition and the accompanied freezing-in of orientational disorder of the stilbene molecule.

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  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.