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A systematic study on molecular planarity and D–A conformation in thiazolothiazole- and thienylenevinylene-based copolymers for organic field-effect transistors

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A new donor–acceptor type conjugated polymer (P1) composed of thiazolothiazole (TzTz) and thienylenevinylene (TV) units was synthesized to confirm that structural characteristics, such as the presence of coplanar units and a D–A conformation in the polymer main chain, can have an effect on charge carrier transport in high performance organic field-effect transistors. P1 was compared with two polymers that had bithiophene (BiTh) units instead of TV units (P2) or thienothiophene (TT) units in the place of TzTz units (P3) to investigate the relationship between the molecular structure and polymer properties. P1 had a higher order of orientation than P2 due to the rigid and planar structure caused by the presence of the TV unit in P1 compared to the distorted structure of P2. The effect of the D–A type configuration in P1 was also confirmed by demonstrating its stronger intermolecular interactions and more effective hole and electron transport compared with that of the D–D type polymer P3. Thus, in contrast to P2 (with a hole mobility of 0.076 cm2 V−1 s−1 and an electron mobility of 0.0025 cm2 V−1 s−1) and P3 (with a hole mobility of 0.2 cm2 V−1 s−1 only), P1 exhibited higher ambipolar charge carrier mobilities (1.66 cm2 V−1 s−1 of holes and 0.05 cm2 V−1 s−1 of electrons).

Graphical abstract: A systematic study on molecular planarity and D–A conformation in thiazolothiazole- and thienylenevinylene-based copolymers for organic field-effect transistors

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The article was received on 23 May 2017, accepted on 12 Jul 2017 and first published on 14 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02273E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article
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    A systematic study on molecular planarity and D–A conformation in thiazolothiazole- and thienylenevinylene-based copolymers for organic field-effect transistors

    D. Lim, S. Jang, M. Kang, S. Lee, Y. Kim, Y. Heo, M. Lee and D. Kim, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02273E

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