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Dithienothiazine dimers, trimers and polymers – novel electron-rich donors with red-shifted luminescence

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Starting from N-aryldithienothiazine, a tool box of various iodinated and borylated dithienothiazines was generated by a straightforward α-lithiation and electrophilic trapping of thiophene cores. By using lithiation–borylation-Suzuki (LiBS) and lithiation–zincation-Negishi (LiZiN) sequences π-conjugated dithienothiazine oligo- and polymers were synthesized in a one-pot fashion and in moderate to good yields. Studies on the photophysical and electrochemical properties reveal that an increasing number of dithienothiazine units causes a bathochromic shift in the absorption and orange to red fluorescence in solution, as quantified by absorption and emission spectroscopy and assigned by DFT calculations. Furthermore, from cyclic voltammetry measurements an elevation of the HOMO energy level with increasing number of dithienothiazine units and concomitantly diminishing optical bandgaps were determined, suggesting that the title compounds are suitable as novel donor systems for organic hole transport materials.

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Submitted
23 Sep 2019
Accepted
06 Dec 2019
First published
09 Dec 2019

Mater. Chem. Front., 2020, Advance Article
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Research Article

Dithienothiazine dimers, trimers and polymers – novel electron-rich donors with red-shifted luminescence

J. Nau, A. P. W. Schneeweis and T. J. J. Müller, Mater. Chem. Front., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9QM00591A

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