Steric self-assembly of laterally confined organic semiconductor molecule analogues
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Self-assembly of planar molecules can be a critical route to control morphology in organic optoelectronic systems. In this study, Monte Carlo simulations were performed with polygonal disc analogues to planar semiconducting molecules under confinement. By examining statistically the molecular density and configurations of such analogues, we have observed that the symmetry of the confining medium can have a greater impact on the final densified particle configurations than the intramolecular interactions. Using the steric frustration imparted by confinement, novel self-assembled (partially) ordered phases are available. Our Monte Carlo simulations suggest new avenues to control ordering and morphology of planar molecules, which are critical for high-performance organic optoelectronic devices.
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