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See detailUnderstanding the Structure and Electronic Properties of Molecular Crystals Under Pressure: Application of Dispersion Corrected DFT to Oligoacenes
Schatschneider, Bohdan; Monaco, Stephen; Tkatchenko, Alexandre UL et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry. A (2013), 117(34), 8323-8331

Oligoacenes form a fundamental class of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAR) which have been extensively explored for use as organic (semi) conductors in the bulk phase and thin films. For this reason ... [more ▼]

Oligoacenes form a fundamental class of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAR) which have been extensively explored for use as organic (semi) conductors in the bulk phase and thin films. For this reason it is important to understand their electronic properties in the condensed phase. In this investigation, we use density functional theory with Tkatchenko-Scheffler dispersion correction to explore several crystalline oligoacenes (naphthalene, anthracene, tetracene, and pentacene) under pressures up to 25 GPa in an effort to uncover unique electronic/optical properties. Excellent agreement with experiment is achieved for the pressure dependence of the crystal structure unit cell parameters, densities, and intermolecular close contacts. The pressure dependence of the band gaps is investigated as well as the pressure induced phase transition of tetracene using both generalized gradient approximated and hybrid functionals. It is concluded that none of the oligoacenes investigated become conducting under elevated pressures assuming that the molecular identity of the system is maintained. [less ▲]

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