Chiral molecules exist as pairs of non-superimposable mirror images; a fundamental symmetry property vastly underexplored in organic electronic devices. Here, we show that organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) made from the helically chiral molecule 1-azahelicene can display up to an 80-fold difference in hole mobility, together with differences in thin-film photophysics and morphology, solely depending on whether a single handedness or a 1:1 mixture of left and right handed molecules is employed under analogous fabrication conditions. As the molecular properties of either mirror image isomer are identical, these changes must be a result of the different bulk packing induced by chiral composition. Such underlying structures are investigated using crystal structure prediction, a computational methodology rarely applied to molecular materials, and linked to the difference in charge transport. These results pave the way towards the use of chirality as a key tuning parameter in future device applications.
|Early online date||11 Jul 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jul 2017|
- circular polarization
- organic semiconductor
- structure prediction