I joined the theory group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research as a master student from the University of Heidelberg in October 2011. I am currently focusing on code development, in particular the implementation of electrostatics for site energy calculations.

During my studies I received a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Heidelberg and an International Diploma (ICID) from Imperial College, London. Before joining the group at MPI-P, I was affiliated with the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at Heidelberg University and the Spitzencluster Forum Organic Electronics, where I developed computational schemes to accurately determine molecular orientation at interfaces based on infrared ellipsometry.

Published in the group


Molecular-scale calibration of device energy levels by charge-quadrupole interactions
M. Schwarze, K. Schellhammer, Ch. Gaul, K. Ortstein, M. Lau, G. Cuniberti, C. Poelking, D. Andrienko, F. Ortmann, K. Leo
submitted, 2019,


[pdf] Influence of Orientation Mismatch on Charge Transport Across Grain Boundaries in Tri-isopropylsilylethynyl (TIPS) Pentacene Thin Films
F. Steiner, C. Poelking, D. Niedzialek, D. Andrienko, J. Nelson
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 19, 10854-10862, 2017, [doi] [abstract]


[pdf] Long-range embedding of molecular ions and excitations in a polarizable molecular environment
C. Poelking, D. Andrienko
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 12, 4516-4523, 2016, [doi] [abstract]

[pdf] Band structure engineering in organic semiconductors
M. Schwarze, W. Tress, B. Beyer, F. Gao, R. Scholz, C. Poelking, K. Ortstein, A. A. Guenther, D. Kasemann, D. Andrienko, K. Leo
Science, 352, 1446-1449, 2016, [doi] [abstract]

[pdf] Electrostatic phenomena in organic semiconductors: Fundamentals and implications for photovoltaics
G. D'Avino, L. Muccioli, F. Castet, C. Poelking, D. Andrienko, Z. Soos, J. Cornil, D. Beljonne
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 28, 433002, 2016, [doi] [abstract]


[pdf] Impact of Mesoscale Order on Open-Circuit Voltage in Organic Solar Cells
C. Poelking, M. Tietze, C. Elschner, S. Olthof, D. Hertel, B. Baumeier, F. Wuerthner, K. Meerholz, K. Leo, D. Andrienko
Nature Materials, 14, 434-439, 2015, [doi] [abstract]

[pdf] Effect of mesoscale ordering on the density of states of polymeric semiconductors
P. Gemuenden, C. Poelking, K. Kremer, K. Daoulas, D. Andrienko
Macromol. Rapid Commun., 36, 1047, 2015, [doi]

[pdf] Design Rules for Organic Donor-Acceptor Heterojunctions: Pathway for Charge Splitting and Detrapping
C. Poelking, D. Andrienko
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 6320-6326, 2015, [doi] [abstract]


[pdf] Morphology and charge transport in P3HT: A theorist's perspective
C. Poelking, K. Daoulas, A. Troisi, D. Andrienko
Adv. Polym. Sci., 265, 139-180, 2014, [doi] [abstract]


[pdf] Characterization of charge-carrier transport in semicrystalline polymers: Electronic couplings site energies and charge-carrier dynamics in poly(bithiophene-alt-thienothiophene) [PBTTT]
C. Poelking, E. Cho, A. Malafeev, V. Ivanov, K. Kremer, C. Risko, J.-L. Bredas, D. Andrienko
J. Phys. Chem. C, 117, 1633-1640, 2013, [doi] [abstract]

[pdf] Effect of polymorphism regioregularity and paracrystallinity on charge transport in poly(3-hexyl-thiophene) [P3HT] nanofibers
C. Poelking, D. Andrienko
Macromolecules, 46, 8941-8956, 2013, [doi] [abstract]

[pdf] Nematic ordering conjugation and density of states of soluble polymeric semiconductors
P. Gemuenden, C. Poelking, K. Kremer, D. Andrienko, K. Daoulas
Macromolecules, 46, 5762-5774, 2013, [doi] [abstract]


[pdf] Stochastic modeling of molecular charge transport networks
B. Baumeier, O. Stenzel, C. Poelking, D. Andrienko, V. Schmidt
Phys. Rev. B, 86, 184202, 2012, [doi] [abstract]