Theses Doctoral

Spectroscopy of Charge Carriers at Ionic Liquid/Semiconductor Interfaces

Atallah, Timothy Luke

The interface of semiconductors plays an important role in all semiconductor devices - often defining the device's properties. Ionic liquids are typically employed as gating dielectrics to achieve high charge densities at semiconductor surfaces. Such ionic liquid/semiconductor interfaces are usually studied using electrical transport techniques, which often have the drawback of requiring modeling to achieve an understanding of the species involved in the devices at the ionic liquid/semiconductor interfaces. Through the use of infra-red and optical spectroscopy this work seeks to uncover the nature of charge carriers surface of both organic semiconductors, specifically rubrene, and two dimensional semiconductors, specifically monolayer MoS2, and how these charges interact in the presence of mobile ions. I show that for rubrene infra-red spectroscopy reveals with the formation of an ionic liquid/rubrene interface the rubrene surface becomes intrinsically hole doped. Additionally, that when rubrene is gated the ionic liquid to achieve high charge densities in rubrene there is a saturation of the conductive species resulting in a lowering of hole mobility. In the case of monolayer MoS2 photoluminescence spectroscopy shows that forming the ionic liquid/MoS2 interface results in mobile ions screen the charged defects in the MoS2 increasing the photoluminescence intensity.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Chemical Physics
Thesis Advisors
Zhu, Xiaoyang
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
August 6, 2017