Influence of side chain isomerism on the rigidity of poly(3-alkylthiophenes) in solutions revealed by neutron scattering†
Using small-angle neutron scattering, we conducted a detailed conformational study of poly(3-alkylthiophene) solutions in deuterated dichlorobenzene. The focus was placed on addressing the influence of the spatial arrangement of side chain constituents on backbone conformation. We demonstrate that by introducing a branch point in the side chain, side chain steric interactions may promote torsional motion between backbone units, resulting in greater chain flexibility. Our findings highlight the key role of topological isomerism in determining the chain rigidity and throw new light on the debate about the effective approaches for optimizing the electronic properties of conducting polymers via side chain engineering.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2019 PCCP HOT Articles