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Cyano substituted benzothiadiazole: a novel acceptor inducing n-type behaviour in conjugated polymers

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We report the synthesis of the novel acceptor, 4,7-di(thiophen-2-yl)-5,6-dicyano-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (DTDCNBT) and compare its properties to those of the previously reported 4,7-di(thiophen-2-yl)-5,6-difluoro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (DTDFBT). Co-polymers of both monomers with the donor monomers indacenodithiophene (IDT) and dithienogermole (DTG) were prepared and investigated. The DTDCNBT unit was found to be a much stronger electron acceptor than DTDFBT. The electron affinity of the cyanated polymers was increased by up to ∼0.4 eV, resulting in red-shifted absorptions and reduced optical band gaps. In field effect transistors it was found that replacing the fluorine substituents of the polymers with cyano groups changed the charge transport from unipolar p-type to unipolar n-type.

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The article was received on 08 Sep 2014, accepted on 17 Oct 2014 and first published on 21 Oct 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4TC02008A
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Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015,3, 265-275
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    Cyano substituted benzothiadiazole: a novel acceptor inducing n-type behaviour in conjugated polymers

    A. Casey, Y. Han, Z. Fei, A. J. P. White, T. D. Anthopoulos and M. Heeney, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 265
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TC02008A

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