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Published in Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena 174:1–3 (August 2009), pp. 10–21; special issue on “Advanced Spectroscopies of Molecular Materials for Electronics”; doi: 10.1016/j.elspec.2009.03.005 Copyright © 2009 Elsevier B.V. Used by permission.


We discuss the interactions of adsorbates with the organic ferroelectric copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF)–trifluoroethylene (TrFE)). Range of molecular adsorbates is discussed from the smaller polar molecules like water, which is small enough to both adsorb and absorb, to the larger macrocyclic metal–organic metal phthalocyanines. The changes in local dipole orientation may affect the strength of the coupling between adsorbate or absorbate and the copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride–trifluoroethylene). The interface dipole interactions may also affect device properties. The dipole interactions are implicated at the interface between copper phthalocyanine and poly(vinylidene fluoride with trifluoroethylene) affecting the band offsets and the diode properties.

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