Cyclopentadithiophene (CPDT) derivatives with different heteroatom conformations have been synthesized. The optical, electrochemical and charge transport properties of these molecules are reported. The CPDT-anti-ketone not only exhibits the lowest optical and electronic bandgaps, but also exhibits reasonable hole mobility, 3 × 10−3 cm2 (V s)−1. Changing the carbonyl conformation to the syn position or incorporating the imine functionality results in a blue-shift in the lower energy band of the absorption spectrum indicative of the increased bandgaps.
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