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  1. Improved processing methods for enhanced properties of conjugated polymer films are disclosed, as well as the enhanced conjugated polymer films produced thereby. Addition of low molecular weight alkyl-containing molecules to solutions used to form conjugated polymer films leads to improved photoconductivity and improvements in other electronic properties. The enhanced conjugated polymer films can be used in a variety of electronic devices, such as solar cells and photodiodes.
  2. We show that a clear experimental test can distinguish between geminate and nongeminate recombination in low mobility semiconductors. For the particular case of the organic solar cell, the relative contribution of geminate recombination can be determined by measuring transient photoconductivity versus applied voltage. Measurements carried out at room temperature and 200 K on bulk heterojunction organic solar cells fabricated with two different semiconducting polymers show that neither exhibits significant geminate recombination.
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