Photoelectrochemical and Electrochemical Characterization of Sub-Micro-Gram Amounts of Organic Semiconductors Using Scanning Droplet Cell Microscopy
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A model organic semiconductor (MDMO-PPV) was used for testing a modified version of a photoelectrochemical scanning droplet cell microscope (PE-SDCM) adapted for use with nonaqueous electrolytes and containing an optical fiber for localized illumination. The most attractive features of the PE-SDCM are represented by the possibility of addressing small areas on the investigated substrate and the need of small amounts of electrolyte. A very small amount (ng) of the material under study is sufficient for a complete electrochemical and photoelectrochemical characterization due
to the scanning capability of the cell. The electrochemical behavior of the
polymer was studied in detail using potentiostatic and potentiodynamic
investigations as well as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Additionally, the photoelectrochemical properties were investigated under Illumination conditions, and the photocurrents found were at least 3 orders of Magnitude higher than the dark (background) current, revealing the usefulness of this compact microcell for photovoltaic characterizations.