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CPP: Fachverband Chemische Physik und Polymerphysik

CPP 65: Frontiers in Electronic-Structure Theory - Focus on Electron-Phonon Interactions III (joint session O/CPP/DS/HL)

CPP 65.5: Vortrag

Mittwoch, 18. März 2020, 11:45–12:00, GER 38

Polarons in extended p-conjugated systems: the role of electron correlation. — •Daniele Fazzi1, Klaus Meerholz1, and Fabrizia Negri21Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität zu Köln, Luxemburger str. 116, 50939 Köln, Germany — 2Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Bologna, via F. Selmi, 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy

Polarons play a crucial role in governing charge transfer in organic materials. An accurate description of their electronic structure and electron-phonon couplings is mandatory to understand their response and transport properties.

We report a comprehensive investigation of polarons in extended p-conjugated systems (ladder-type polymers, graphene nano-ribbons, and cyanine-based compounds [1-2]). We show how spin polarized DFT lead to solutions of the polarons wavefunction which are not the most stable ones. This aspect, can be traced back to the multireference character of polarons. Broken symmetry DFT can address the electronic and structural properties of polarons, providing a correct assessment of charge transport parameters, otherwise incorrectly computed [3]. Multi-reference wavefunction methods are also considered to take into account correlation effects in charged and excited states.

Our study calls for a careful assessment in the description of charged/excited states in conjugated materials.

[1] Wang, S., et al., Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1801898. [2] Medina, S. et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 7281-7288. [3] Fazzi, D. et al, J. Mat. Chem. C., 2019, 7, 12876-12885.

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