【J. Phys. Chem. C】 2015, 119 (1), 23-28.

Zhong, Y.; Izawa, S.; Hashimoto, K.; Tajima, K.; Koganezawa, T.; Yoshida, H.



The effect of thermal annealing on the energy levels of [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) films was investigated using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and low-energy inverse photoemission spectroscopy. We observed that thermal annealing at 150 °C induces reductions of both the ionization potential (IP) and the electron affinity (EA) with a narrowing of the band gap by 0.1 eV. These changes are associated with crystallization and a 2.54% reduction in the film thickness. Precise measurements of both the IP and EA enabled an evaluation of the effects of the electronic polarization energy in a model based on the charge localized in a single PCBM molecule.