The role of H-bonds in the solid state organization of benzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophene (BTBT) structures: bis(hydroxy-hexyl)-BTBT, as a functional derivative offering efficient air stable organic field effect transistors (OFETs)†
The study of a benzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophene (BTBT) derivative decorated with hexyl chains functionalized with hydroxyl end groups is reported. A rapid and inexpensive functionalization of the BTBT in positions 2 and 7 has been developed. This compound is able to self-organize into a lamellar structure through σ–π stacking and van der Waals interactions but also through hydrogen bonding interactions. The hydrogen-bonded network controls the interlamellar region in terms of organization and stability. The liquid-crystal phase and structural changes observed by DSC have been characterized using an original approach combining FTIR and powder XRD measurements as a function of temperature. Thermally evaporated diol based OFETs exhibited good mobilities of up to 0.17 cm2 V−1 s−1 measured under an inert atmosphere but also in ambient air. The diol derivative is considered to be a very promising platform for the design of new functionalized BTBT.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2016 Journal of Materials Chemistry C Hot Papers