Fullerene/cobalt porphyrin charge-transfer cocrystals: Excellent thermal stability and high mobility

Shushu Zheng, Junwen Zhong, Wakana Matsuda, Peng Jin, Muqing Chen, Takeshi Akasaka, Kazuhito Tsukagoshi, Shu Seki, Jun Zhou, Xing Lu

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Although organic semiconductors with high mobility and thermal stability are particularly desirable for practical applications, facile methods for their development still remains a big challenge. In this work, a charge-transfer cocrystal based on fullerene (C70)/cobalt porphyrin supramolecular architecture was prepared by a solution-processable co-assembly strategy. This supramolecular architecture showed hole mobility as high as 4.21 cm2·V−1·s−1, and a relatively high mobility of 0.02 cm2·V−1·s−1 even after thermal treatment at 1,000 °C. Further studies confirmed the occurrence of charge-transfer from 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-methoxyphenyl)porphyrinato cobalt(II) (CoTMPP) to C70 and the paramagnetic character within the supramolecular system. These factors were found to be responsible for the aforementioned superior performances. Thus, a novel organic semiconductor has been reported in this work, which can be potentially used for next generation electronic devices. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that charge-transfer co-crystallization is a powerful strategy for the rational design and construction of a broad class of new multifunctional organic co-crystalline materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1917-1927
Number of pages11
JournalNano Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes


  • charge-transfer
  • fullerene/porphyrin
  • mobility
  • organic semiconductor
  • thermal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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