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A critical review of reactive vapor deposition for conjugated polymer synthesis

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Abstract

Reactive vapor deposition (RVD) is a nascent, single-step processing method for forming electronic polymer films on unconventional substrates and is increasingly important for creating flexible and wearable electronics. RVD can be interpreted as a solvent-free synthetic technique, where multiple reagents converge in the vapor phase to effect a polymerization reaction. Here, we review reactive vapor deposition of conjugated polymers from a synthetic perspective, starting by establishing its roots in inorganic chemical vapor deposition, tracking its evolution over the recent decade, discussing state-of-the-art monomer and polymer scope, and concluding with an examination of shortcomings where increased attention from the synthetic community would yield impactful advances.

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Submitted
13 Mar 2019
Accepted
31 May 2019
First published
31 May 2019

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019,7, 7159-7174
Article type
Review Article
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A critical review of reactive vapor deposition for conjugated polymer synthesis

D. Bilger, S. Z. Homayounfar and T. L. Andrew, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, 7, 7159
DOI: 10.1039/C9TC01388A

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