We used hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate the interfacial electronic states of a poly(styrenesulfonate) doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT:PSS) contact on a ZnO single crystal. An understanding of the interfacial band structure is useful for putting the organic contact to practical use. We observed upward band bending of the ZnO layer a few nanometers from the interface. The detected ZnO bulk region exhibited a flat band structure, meaning that the PEDOT:PSS does not greatly deplete the ZnO layer. The band bending caused the charge injection barrier formation with the result that the contact exhibited the Schottky property.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)