Machine Learning to Accelerate Screening for Marcus Reorganization Energies

06 July 2021, Version 2
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Understanding and predicting the charge transport properties of π-conjugated materials is an important challenge for designing new organic electronic applications, including solar cells, plastic transistors, light-emitting devices, and chemical sensors. A key component of the hopping mechanism of charge transfer in these materials is the Marcus reorganization energy, which serves as an activation barrier to hole or electron transfer. While modern density functional methods have proven to accurately predict trends in intramolecular reorganization energy, such calculations are computationally expensive. In this work, we outline active machine learning methods to predict computed intramolecular reorganization energies of a wide range of polythiophenes and their use towards screening new compounds with low internal reorganization energies. Our models have an overall root mean square error of ±0.113 eV, but a much smaller RMSE of only ±0.036 eV on the new screening set. Since the larger error derives from high-reorganization energy compounds, the new method is highly effective to screen for compounds with potentially efficient charge transport parameters.


conjugated polymers
reorganization energy
charge transport
machine learning
organic electronics

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