Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Computational Science


Tunna Baruah

Second Advisor

Rajendra R. Zope


The present research involves the study of donor-acceptor (D/A) dyad complexes from a charge transfer energy perspective. The aim is to provide insight and predictive understanding into the charge transfer processes of the molecular-level components in donor-acceptor based organic solar cells using computational methods to describe photochemical processes at the quantum mechanical level within the Density Functional Theory (DFT) approximation. Predictive understanding is anchored in reproducing experimental results, wherein the present work a perturbative excited-state DFT method is described in detail and shown to give CT energies in excellent agreement with benchmark experimental data. With an accurate excited state method for calculating CT excitation energies at hand, the present research applies the method to the study of D/A pairs employed in photovoltaic devices. An examination is made of the effect on the CT energetics of varying the donor and acceptor component in the dyad and the changes in the frontier orbital energy levels and CT energies with respect to a varying D/A distance and D/A relative orientation. The results of the perturbative excited state DFT calculations provide direct insight into photovoltaic device efficiency since the CT energy determines the achievable open circuit voltage of a donor-acceptor based organic solar cell device.




Received from ProQuest

File Size

64 pages

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Rights Holder

Marco Olguin